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Iraq, Lebanon alarmed at spreading Syria war

Iraq, Lebanon alarmed at spreading Syria war

Neighbouring Iraq warned that Syria's civil war is tearing the Middle East apart and Lebanon's president urged his country's Hezbollah movement on Thursday to pull its fighters out of the conflict. After two years of fighting that has killed more than 93,000 people, Syria's turmoil...

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Saudi Arabia to deport supporters of Hezbollah over group's role in Syrian war

Saudi Arabia to deport supporters of Hezbollah over group's role in Syrian war

  Saudi Arabia plans to deport Lebanese citizens who support Hezbollah because of the militant group's role in the Syrian civil war, the kingdom's envoy to Lebanon said. The warning comes amid Hezbollah's increasingly prominent participation in the Syrian conflict, with members of the...

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Syrian conflict's sectarian shadow over Lebanon

Syrian conflict's sectarian shadow over Lebanon

This is turning into a dark and nervous summer in Lebanon. Peace depends on maintaining a delicate balance of power between different religious groups. This summer, the formula isn't working. The reason is the war in Syria. From the beginning, the Lebanese have been deeply divided...

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US, Jordan troops hold desert war games

US, Jordan troops hold desert war games

US and Jordanian F-16 fighter jets hit dummy targets in the kingdom's southern desert on Wednesday, while Navy SEALs and other special forces rescued "hostages" and nabbed "terrorists" in mock exercises under major multinational manoeuvrers. Using live ammunition, six F-16s, two AV-8B...

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Lebanese cleric threatens ‘military’ action against Hezbollah

Lebanese cleric threatens ‘military’ action against Hezbollah

A controversial Salafist sheikh threatened on Wednesday to find a “military” solution to alleged Hezbollah safe houses in a southern Lebanese town, a day after clashes involving his supporters left one person dead. Sheikh Ahmed al-Assir is known for his vocal opposition to the powerful...

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Toll in Baghdad suicide bombs up to 31 dead: officials

Toll in Baghdad suicide bombs up to 31 dead: officials

Twin suicide bombs on a Shiite Muslim religious hall in north Baghdad on Tuesday killed 31 people and wounded 57 others, officials said, updating an earlier toll. The two attackers struck after midday prayers at the Habib ibn al-Mudhaher hussainiyah in the capital's Qahira...

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Does Egypt face a new revolution?

Does Egypt face a new revolution?

Millions hope so, it seems; they have signed a national petition demanding the president resign and plan to take to the streets on June 30, when Mohamed Mursi marks a year in office. Their slogan is a call for revolt: "Tamarud - Rebel!" But for all the simmering discontent with...

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Saudi Arabia looks at sending MANPADS to support FSA, meanwhile King Abdullah congratulates Rowhani

Saudi Arabia looks at sending MANPADS to support FSA, meanwhile King Abdullah congratulates Rowhani

 Saudi Arabia plans to supply the Syrian opposition with anti-aircraft missiles to counter President Bashar al-Assad's air force, German news weekly Der Spiegel reported Sunday according to AFP. The article, citing a classified report received by the German foreign intelligence service...

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Iraqi holy city hit hard by Iran economic woes

Iraqi holy city hit hard by Iran economic woes

The spiritual heart of Shiite Islam and a hub for religious tourism in Iraq is being badly hit as sanctions against neighbouring Iran have resulted in fewer pilgrims with less money to spend. Business leaders, shopkeepers and hotel owners in Najaf, site of a shrine to a revered figure in...

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Attacks in Benghazi kill 5 Libyan soldiers

Attacks in Benghazi kill 5 Libyan soldiers

Gunmen staged overnight attacks on at least six security buildings and outposts throughout Libya's eastern city of Benghazi, killing five soldiers, military officials said Saturday. The brazen assaults, which included snipers, rocket-propelled grenades and explosives thrown onto rooftops,...

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Iraq journalists held for 'stealing' minister's notepad

Iraq journalists held for 'stealing' minister's notepad

Iraqi press freedom activists on Saturday decried the detention for more than 10 days of two journalists accused of stealing the notebook of the country's defence minister following a meeting of political leaders. Mohammed Fuad and Afdhal Jumaa are alleged to have stolen Saadun al-Dulaimi's...

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Tunisia jail terms spark civil liberty crackdown fears

Tunisia jail terms spark civil liberty crackdown fears

Prison sentences for a Tunisian rapper and three European activists with women's protest group Femen have heightened fears among artists, journalists and rights activists that the Islamist-led government is rolling back civil liberties. Ala Yaacoub, better known by his rap name "Weld El 15",...

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 Egypt's Brotherhood turns to flour power

Egypt's Brotherhood turns to flour power

The bread queue can be a dangerous and dishonest place in  Egypt . People have killed over state-subsidized loaves. Corruption blights much of the trade. The problems, says the ruling Muslim Brotherhood, are why it has introduced a new way to deliver bread - safely and cleanly -...

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GCC to take action against Hezbollah loyalists in the Gulf countries

GCC to take action against Hezbollah loyalists in the Gulf countries

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will take action against Hezbollah loyalists living in the GCC countries, a statement issued by the council said on Monday. “The GCC will take measures against [those] in the GCC countries affiliated with Hezbollah in regards to their residencies as well...

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Syria spillover into Lebanon furthers intra-Muslim conflict in Mideast

Syria spillover into Lebanon furthers intra-Muslim conflict in Mideast

  HERMEL,   Lebanon   — The strategic city of Qusayr in Syria has fallen to the Syrian Army, and the shock waves are still being felt in Lebanon, where increased fighting vividly indicates how Syria's 27-month-old civil war has destabilized the entire region....

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String of bombings kill 12 in Iraq market

String of bombings kill 12 in Iraq market

BAQUBA, Iraq — Two near-simultaneous car bombs and a suicide attack killed 12 people in a wholesale market north of Baghdad Monday, the latest in a surge in violence authorities have struggled to control. The blasts, which left another 48 people wounded, struck a predominantly Shiite town...

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 Egyptian authorities prevent film director entering Cairo under pretext of belonging to FSA

Egyptian authorities prevent film director entering Cairo under pretext of belonging to FSA

The Egyptian authorities at Cairo International Airport banned the Syrian director Nidal Hassan from entering the country, based on a petition filed by the Assad Embassy in Cairo for security reasons, accusing Hassan of belonging to the Free Syrian Army.   Hassan was...

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Israel official says government won't accept Palestinian state in '67 lines

Israel official says government won't accept Palestinian state in '67 lines

A senior member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party said in an interview broadcast Sunday that the Israeli government will not accept a Palestinian state with the borders favored by the Palestinians and the international community, a new hurdle to U.S. Secretary of State John...

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