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Egypt's deposed president Mursi on trial on terrorism charges

Egypt's deposed president Mursi on trial on terrorism charges

Deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi appeared in court on Sunday on charges of conspiring with foreign groups to commit terrorist acts in  Egypt , in a further escalation of the crackdown against his Muslim Brotherhood. Declaring it "the biggest case of conspiracy in the...

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Lebanon forms government after 10-month deadlock

Lebanon forms government after 10-month deadlock

Lebanon announced a new government on Saturday, breaking a 10-month political deadlock during which spillover violence from neighboring Syria worsened internal instability. A caretaker government has run the country since former Prime Minister Najib Mikati resigned in March as...

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 Low-level conflict afflicts Bahrain on third uprising anniversary

Low-level conflict afflicts Bahrain on third uprising anniversary

Three years after Bahraini security forces subdued a popular uprising, the ruling family has launched a new dialogue with opponents to tackle simmering discontent; but a breakthrough remains elusive. Bahrain's fellow conservative Gulf Arab states and the West have a stake in the...

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PM: Libya ‘under control’ after coup claim

PM: Libya ‘under control’ after coup claim

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan on Friday described the situation in the country as “under control” and that the government in Tripoli was “working as normal” after an ex-army official announced suspension of the government and parliament in a foiled coup attempt. “The...

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Lebanese Sunnis fighting 'holy war' in Syria

Lebanese Sunnis fighting 'holy war' in Syria

Abu Huraira is haunted by memories of shells falling from the sky, ripping to pieces people trying to bury their loved ones in a Syrian graveyard. He is unnerved by the mental images of mutilated bodies, and of bones laid bare in his rebel comrades' deep wounds. But the...

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'Scores killed' in Algeria army plane crash

'Scores killed' in Algeria army plane crash

Plane crashes in mountainous area in eastern Oum El Bouaghi province killing at least 99 people, local radio reports. A military transport plane has crashed in eastern Algeria, killing at least 99 people, Algerian radio has announced. The C-130 Hercules aircraft, which...

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Secular Egyptian detainees complain of police torture

Secular Egyptian detainees complain of police torture

Secular activists arrested last month on the third anniversary of the revolt against Egyptian autocrat Hosni Mubarak say they have been tortured, some with electric shocks, relatives and lawyers who have seen them said. The Interior Ministry denied any abuses. If independently...

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Egypt denies upholding death sentences on militants

Egypt denies upholding death sentences on militants

The Egyptian presidency on Monday denied a report that it had upheld the death penalties of 14 people convicted of attacking police in North Sinai in 2011. The state news agency MENA had earlier reported that the presidency had upheld the sentences handed down to the men, all from...

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Roadside bomb explodes near Iraqi parliament speaker's convoy

Roadside bomb explodes near Iraqi parliament speaker's convoy

The speaker of Iraq's parliament narrowly escaped death on Monday when a roadside bomb exploded near his convoy close to the northern city of Mosul, his office said. Usama al-Nujaifi, one of Iraq's most senior Sunni Muslim politicians, was visiting al-Salam area south of Mosul when...

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Yemen to become six-region federation

Yemen to become six-region federation

Presidential panel agrees to transform the country into "federal state of six regions", state news agency reports. A presidential panel has agreed to transform Yemen into a six-region federation as part of its political transition, state news agency Saba reported. The final...

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Saudi Press Roundup, royal decree against extremism

Saudi Press Roundup, royal decree against extremism

The social media has been circulating messages that commended the royal decree issued by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, imposing stiff punishment on Saudis taking part in civil wars abroad and joining terrorist outfits inside and outside the Kingdom. The king’s...

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New militant group claims Cairo bombings

New militant group claims Cairo bombings

 A new militant group has claimed responsibility for two bombings that targeted the Egyptian police on Friday and has vowed to carry out more attacks, according to a statement posted on a Facebook page set up in its name. The group called Ajnad Misr, or Soldiers of Egypt,...

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Two explosions rock Giza district near Cairo

Two explosions rock Giza district near Cairo

Two explosions have been heard in the space of two minutes in a busy district near Egypt's capital. Al Jazeera sources, quoting the security directorate, said the two blasts occurred in Giza and went off on Giza Bridge near where Central Security Forces vehicles were parked....

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Family blames Saudi gender segregation rules for student's death

Family blames Saudi gender segregation rules for student's death

The family of a Saudi woman student who died of heart problems has said her university prevented medics from getting to her in time because of rules barring men from the women-only part of the campus, Saudi media reported. The King Saud University in Riyadh denied the accusation...

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Libyan PM urges all sides to avoid violence in standoff over parliament

Libyan PM urges all sides to avoid violence in standoff over parliament

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan appealed for Libyans to avoid violence in settling a standoff over their interim parliament, whose mandate was due to run out on Friday with the country deeply divided over its future. Two-and-a-half years since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, Libya's...

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Israeli foreign minister defends peace-maker Kerry

Israeli foreign minister defends peace-maker Kerry

Israel's right-wing foreign minister on Friday defended U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry whose Middle East peace drive has seen mounting criticism from within the Israeli government. The conciliatory remarks by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who has previously been a vocal...

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Tunisia basks in praise over its new constitution

Tunisia basks in praise over its new constitution

As recently as December, the outlook for Tunisia remained grim. International lenders were withholding money. Parliament remained deadlocked. Investigations continued into the assassination of two politicians. What a turnaround. On Friday, French President Francois Hollande and other...

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Egypt's Sisi 'to run for president'

Egypt's Sisi 'to run for president'

Egypt's Defence Minister, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has said he will run in the presidential elections due to take place by mid-April, Kuwaiti newspaper  Al-Seyassah  reported . In Thursday's edtion of the newspaper, Sisi said: "The decision has been made, and...

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