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Islamic prayers to be held at the Vatican

Islamic prayers to be held at the Vatican

For the first time in history, Islamic prayers and readings from the Quran will be heard at the Vatican on Sunday, in a move by Pope Francis to usher in peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Francis issued the invitation to Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian...

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Egypt court sentences 10 Brotherhood supporters to death: sources

Egypt court sentences 10 Brotherhood supporters to death: sources

(Reuters) - An Egyptian court sentenced 10 supporters of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to death in absentia on Saturday but postponed sentencing of its leader and other senior members tried in the case, judicial sources said. Those sentenced were convicted on charges...

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Anti-Qatar World Cup campaign blasted as 'racist'

Anti-Qatar World Cup campaign blasted as 'racist'

Football chief Sepp Blatter resisted calls to order a re-vote for the 2022 World Cup on Thursday, saying no decision could be taken until FIFA completes a probe of Qatar's winning bid. Speaking in Sao Paulo, Blatter declined to comment directly on mounting corruption revelations...

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Pakistani TV channel sues powerful spy agency for defamation

Pakistani TV channel sues powerful spy agency for defamation

(Reuters) - Pakistani television channel Geo News is suing the powerful spy agency for defamation over accusations of being anti-state, it said on Friday, in a move unprecedented in a country where public criticism of the military is taboo. In the latest twist in a saga that...

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Clinton wanted to arm Syria's rebels

Clinton wanted to arm Syria's rebels

(Al Jazeera)- Hillary Clinton favoured arming Syria's rebels early in that country's civil war but was overruled by President Barack Obama, the former secretary of state said in her new memoir. Clinton's long-awaited book "Hard Choices" - seen as an unofficial start to her...

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G7 asks Iran to support regional security

G7 asks Iran to support regional security

Brussels, (IANS/EFE) The leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) have called on Iran to intensify its role in supporting security in the Middle East. "We call on Iran to play a more constructive role in supporting regional security, in particular in Syria, and to reject all acts of...

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China calls for transitional govt in Syria

China calls for transitional govt in Syria

Chinese President Xi Jinping repeated on Thursday a call for a political resolution to the Syrian crisis and his country’s support for an inclusive political transition and offered to boost aid for Syrian refugees, Reuters reported. “China respects the reasonable demands of...

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Expats can make family visit visas permanent

Expats can make family visit visas permanent

  A visit visa can be converted into a permanent residency permit for a close family member of an expatriate worker under special conditions, a senior Passport Department official said during a phone-in service with Arab News readers on Wednesday....

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'Hunger Games' salute used as protest in Thailand

'Hunger Games' salute used as protest in Thailand

BANGKOK (AP) — The three-finger salute from the Hollywood movie "The Hunger Games" is being used as a real symbol of resistance in Thailand. Protesters against the military coup are flashing the gesture as a silent act of rebellion, and they're being threatened with arrest if they...

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Kerry arrives in Beirut  on unannounced visit

Kerry arrives in Beirut on unannounced visit

BEIRUT - John Kerry arrived in Beirut on Wednesday, beginning an unannounced visit that is the first by a US secretary of state to Lebanon in five years, an AFP journalist said.   Kerry is in Beirut to announce $290 million in aid to boost UN efforts in Syria and neighboring...

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Suspect in Jewish museum killings went to Syria

Suspect in Jewish museum killings went to Syria

PARIS (AP) — A suspected French jihadist who spent time in Syria is in custody over the shooting deaths of three people at a Belgian Jewish museum, prosecutors said Sunday, crystalizing fears that European radicals will parlay their experiences in Syria into terrorism back home....

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Thousands of migrants rescued by Italian navy

Thousands of migrants rescued by Italian navy

Italy's navy says it has picked up nearly 3,000 people in the last 24 hours as they attempted to cross the Mediterranean by boat. The navy released pictures on Saturday showing the rescue of migrants from overcrowded and unsafe boats. The video showed at least 450 people being...

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US confirms American carried out Syria suicide bombing

US confirms American carried out Syria suicide bombing

An American fighting for a hardline Islamist group carried out a deadly suicide bombing in Syria, US officials said Friday, in the first such case in the war. The confirmation came amid growing fears over the flood of foreigners into Syria, with no end in sight in the three-year...

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Dark tale of love and murder in Pakistan's rural heartland

Dark tale of love and murder in Pakistan's rural heartland

(Reuters) - A Pakistani man whose pregnant wife was bludgeoned to death by angry family members who did not approve of the marriage fondly recalled a brief life together with the woman he fell in love with at first sight. Farzana Iqbal, 25, was murdered by a group of assailants...

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Egypt's Sabahi contests presidential elections results

Egypt's Sabahi contests presidential elections results

(Reuters) - The defeated candidate in Egypt's presidential election, Hamdeen Sabahi, appealed on Friday against results that gave former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi victory, saying election rules had been broken. Leftist politician Sabahi won 3 percent of votes in the...

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Lebanon court delays trial of ex-minister bomb plot suspect

Lebanon court delays trial of ex-minister bomb plot suspect

The trial of a former Lebanese minister accused of plotting attacks and transporting explosives has been postponed to December 5, a judicial source told AFP on Friday. Michel Samaha was due to face a military court on Friday but the judge, Brigadier General Khalil Ibrahim,...

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Egypt: El-Sissi wins election by landslide

Egypt: El-Sissi wins election by landslide

CAIRO (AP) — With nearly all votes counted, Egypt's former military chief has won a crushing victory over his sole opponent with more than 92 percent of the votes, according to results announced by his campaign early Thursday. The campaign of retired field marshal Abdel-Fattah...

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Swedish spy chief warns of rise of Islamist threat

Swedish spy chief warns of rise of Islamist threat

(Reuters) - Sweden's biggest security threat comes from around 200 Islamists in the country with the potential for involvement in militant attacks, including young people radicalized after joining the war in Syria , the state's spy chief said. Increasing Russian espionage...

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