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Car bombs kill nearly 80 in Iraq, target Eid festivities

Car bombs kill nearly 80 in Iraq, target Eid festivities

A series of car bombs in mainly Shi'ite areas of Baghdad killed 57 people and wounded more than 150 on Saturday, in what appeared to be coordinated attacks on people celebrating the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. The 12 separate blasts targeting markets, busy shopping...

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Egypt denies entry to Nobel Peace winner Tawakul Karman

Egypt denies entry to Nobel Peace winner Tawakul Karman

Yemeni Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakul Karman has been denied entry into Egypt after she landed at Cairo airport "for security reasons", officials say. Ms Karman, the first Arab woman to win the prize, was held on arrival and reportedly told to fly on the same plane back to the United Arab...

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U.S. declares new push to defuse Egyptian crisis

U.S. declares new push to defuse Egyptian crisis

The United States said on Friday it would work with other nations to resolve Egypt's crisis peacefully, injecting new energy into a push to end a bloody standoff since the overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi. A day after saying the army had restored democracy by removing Mursi,...

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Hariri assures State and Illegal Arms 'Cannot Coexist'

Hariri assures State and Illegal Arms 'Cannot Coexist'

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Friday announced that he rejects taking part in a cabinet in which Hizbullah has representatives, stressing also the state and illegal weapons "cannot coexist." "We will not participate in a council of ministers if Hizbullah has representatives in it,”...

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Rockets land near Lebanese presidential palace; no injuries reported

Rockets land near Lebanese presidential palace; no injuries reported

Two rockets landed in an area east of Beirut late on Thursday close to a military compound and Lebanon's presidential palace, security sources said. No one was hurt in the incident but it marked the second time in two months that rockets have been fired in the area, amid heightened...

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Putin addresses Mideast situation with Saudi intelligence chief

Putin addresses Mideast situation with Saudi intelligence chief

Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday to address the situation in the Middle East, the Kremlin said. "A wide number of questions regarding Saudi-Russia relations were discussed as well as the situation in North...

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Eyewitness in Egypt: 'Most were shot in the face – only one in the back'

Eyewitness in Egypt: 'Most were shot in the face – only one in the back'

  The hospital next to the Rabaa mosque was filled with the blood of 37 corpses, the doctors using two weeks' worth of medical supplies in two hours Aiman Husseini was lying by the wall. Khaled Abdul Nasser had his name written in black ink on his white shroud just to the left...

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Dozens killed in clashes at Morsi rally in Egypt

Dozens killed in clashes at Morsi rally in Egypt

Dozens of Mohamed Morsi's supporters were killed Saturday in Egypt's capital as violence erupted at mass rallies for and against the ousted Islamist president, medics and the Muslim Brotherhood said. The bloodshed came hours after the military-backed interior minister, Mohammed Ibrahim,...

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Tunisian opposition member shot dead in Tunis: political source

Tunisian opposition member shot dead in Tunis: political source

Tunisian opposition member Mohamed Brahmi was shot dead in the capital Tunis on Thursday, a political source and local radio said. Brahmi was a member of the nationalist and secular Popular Party. Around six months ago the assassination of another secular politician, Chokri Belaid, led...

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Kurds Seek United Front at First Regional Summit, Official Says

Kurds Seek United Front at First Regional Summit, Official Says

  Kurds from Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria have agreed to convene a pan-Kurdish congress to tackle historical divisions and position themselves to take full advantage of regional upheaval, according to Reuters. Often described as the world's largest ethnic group without a state of their...

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Morsi supporters refuse Sisi’s speech

Morsi supporters refuse Sisi’s speech

National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy confirmed that 34 marches would be organized in Cairo and Giza on Friday   The National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy on Wednesday dismissed army chief and Defense Minister Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi’s call for mass...

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 EU putting Hezbollah military wing on terror list

EU putting Hezbollah military wing on terror list

  The European Union forged a political agreement on Monday to list the military wing of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, a European diplomat told CNN. The Iranian-backed Lebanese Shiite group, which is a strong force in Lebanese politics, already is regarded as a...

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EU to declare Hizbollah military wing a terrorist group

EU to declare Hizbollah military wing a terrorist group

  The EU will declare  Hizbollah’s military wing  a terrorist group, marking a shift in the bloc’s dealings with the Lebanese Shia militant group brought about by its believed involvement in a deadly attack on European soil. EU foreign ministers took the unanimous...

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Cairo will

Cairo will "re-examine" diplomatic ties with Syria

 Cairo will "re-examine" diplomatic ties with Syria that were severed last month under ousted president Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's foreign minister, Nabil Fahmy, said on Saturday. "Everything will be re-examined," Fahmy said of the decision to sever ties with Syria. "It doesn't mean they...

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Arab League supports US Secretary plan to restart peace talks

Arab League supports US Secretary plan to restart peace talks

The peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians will be resumed, that what Mr. Kerry and the Arab League members announced after their latest meetings in Amman, Jordan on Wednesday. Mr. Kerry said to the reporters in the press conference that here had been "very significant"...

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Iraq 'Can't Stop' Iran Arms Transfer To Syria

Iraq 'Can't Stop' Iran Arms Transfer To Syria

I raq's foreign minister has told a pan-Arab newspaper that his country is unable to stop neighboring Iran from sending weapons to Syria through its airspace.  The London-based "Asharq al-Awsat" daily quoted Hoshyar Zebari as saying: "We reject and condemn the transfer of weapons...

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Infighting threatens Egypt transition plan, army orders arrests

Infighting threatens Egypt transition plan, army orders arrests

Political infighting threatened to stall Egypt's transition plans on Thursday, as the military cracked down on Muslim Brotherhood leaders it blames for inciting a clash in Cairo in which troops shot and killed 53 protesters. Monday's violence between supporters of ousted President...

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Hezbollah supporters attacks Lebanese interior minister with stones

Hezbollah supporters attacks Lebanese interior minister with stones

Hezbollah operatives fired in the air to disperse people who attacked the interior minister with stones after he inspected the scene of the blast  which rocked a stronghold of the Shia militant Hezbollah group south of the Lebanese capital Beirut on Tuesday,  trapping him...

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