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Egypt extends election voting by one day

Egypt extends election voting by one day

Egypt extended on Tuesday polling in the country for a third day, in a move that was met with objections from rival presidential runners Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Hamdeen Sabahi. The Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission’s decision came a day after authorities declared Tuesday a...

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Egypt officials make big push to get vote out for Sisi

Egypt officials make big push to get vote out for Sisi

(Reuters) - The Egyptian government launched a determined effort to get out the vote on Tuesday after lower than expected turnout in a presidential election threatened to undermine the credibility of the frontrunner, former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. After Sisi called for...

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Sisi closes on presidency on final day of Egypt vote

Sisi closes on presidency on final day of Egypt vote

(Reuters) - Former army chief Abdel Fatah al-Sisi is expected to emerge from a second and final day of voting on Tuesday as Egypt's next president, with supporters seeing him as the man who can pull the Arab world's most populous nation back from the brink. Since the overthrow...

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American doctor shot dead in Pakistan in suspected sectarian attack

American doctor shot dead in Pakistan in suspected sectarian attack

(Reuters) - An American volunteer cardiologist was shot dead in Pakistan on Monday, a member of his minority Ahmadi community said, in the latest attack on a group that says it is Muslim but whose religion is rejected by the state. Mehdi Ali Qamar had taken his wife, young...

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Eastern Libya oil rebel rejects new government

Eastern Libya oil rebel rejects new government

(Reuters) - The leader of the protesters occupying Libyan oil ports said on Monday he did not recognize Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq's new government and suggested a previously agreed deal to end his blockade could be in jeopardy. Ibrahim Jathran, who wants more autonomy from...

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  Sisi set to take presidency as Egyptians vote for stability

Sisi set to take presidency as Egyptians vote for stability

(Reuters) - Egyptians voted on Monday in an election expected to anoint Abdel Fatah al-Sisi as president, with supporters hoping another military strongman can end three years of turmoil despite fears for democracy in the Arab world's most populous nation. After the overthrow...

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UN chief calls for Lebanon unity over president

UN chief calls for Lebanon unity over president

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday called on Lebanon's political rivals to end the country's presidential stalemate. A spokesman for Ban said the UN chief "regrets that the Lebanese Parliament was unable to elect a new president within the timeframe set by...

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Lebanon says arrests Syrian-born hardline preacher

Lebanon says arrests Syrian-born hardline preacher

BEIRUT, May 25 (Reuters) - Lebanese security forces arrested an influential Syrian-born Islamist cleric on Sunday who went into hiding last month after a crackdown in the northern city of Tripoli to end sectarian violence fuelled by civil war in neighbouring Syria. Omar Bakri,...

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Two Israelis killed in Saturday Brussels shooting

Two Israelis killed in Saturday Brussels shooting

(Reuters) - Two of the three people killed in a shooting at the Jewish Museum in central Brussels on Saturday were Israeli tourists, Israel's Foreign Ministry said on Sunday. A spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry did not give further details on their identities on the...

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Bahraini rights activist free after two years in jail

Bahraini rights activist free after two years in jail

(Reuters) - Bahrain released one of the Arab world's best-known activists on Saturday after he served a two-year jail sentence for his role in protests calling for democracy in the U.S.-allied kingdom. Nabeel Rajab, founder of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, was found...

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Pope thanks Jordan for welcoming Syrian refugees

Pope thanks Jordan for welcoming Syrian refugees

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Pope Francis has thanked Jordan for welcoming hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing the civil war in Syria, calling for an "urgent," peaceful solution to the conflict. His comments come as he began a three-day visit Saturday to the Middle East Pope...

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Iran cuts nuclear stockpile, engages with bomb probe: IAEA

Iran cuts nuclear stockpile, engages with bomb probe: IAEA

(Reuters) - Iran has cut its most sensitive nuclear stockpile by around 80 percent under an interim pact with world powers and has begun engaging with a long-stalled IAEA investigation into suspected weapons research, the U.N. atomic watchdog said on Friday. The findings,...

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 Islamist militant leader in Egypt's Sinai killed: security sources

Islamist militant leader in Egypt's Sinai killed: security sources

(Reuters) - A militant Islamist leader in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula was shot dead on Friday by unknown assailants, security sources said, a few days before Egyptians vote for a new president. Egypt launched a wide-ranging campaign against militants in the Sinai after they...

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Pope's Mideast trip will test diplomatic skills

Pope's Mideast trip will test diplomatic skills

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis insists his weekend pilgrimage to the Middle East is a "strictly religious" commemoration of a key turning point in Catholic-Orthodox relations. But the delicate, three-day mission will test his diplomatic skills as he navigates Israeli-Palestinian...

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Obama aides tackle Hill foreign policy concerns

Obama aides tackle Hill foreign policy concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House officials have been holding private meetings this week aimed at soothing lawmakers' concerns over the U.S. posture in Syria, the future of the American military presence in Afghanistan and defense spending. The meetings come as a frustrated White...

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UAE, Saudi join to confront 'regional challenges'

UAE, Saudi join to confront 'regional challenges'

Gulf neighbours the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced a joint committee to confront "regional challenges", in a statement published on official Emirati news agency WAM. The move came as Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal met UAE Crown Prince...

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 Gunfire, explosions reported near two military camps in Libyan capital

Gunfire, explosions reported near two military camps in Libyan capital

(Reuters) - Explosions and heavy fighting with anti-aircraft guns could be heard near two military camps in Libya's capital Tripoli early Wednesday, witnesses said, two days after gunmen had stormed parliament in the worst violence in months. Residents reported several loud...

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11 soldiers killed in Iraq attacks

11 soldiers killed in Iraq attacks

Attacks north of Baghdad killed 11 Iraqi soldiers on Tuesday, the latest in a protracted surge in bloodshed just a day after officials announced results from April's parliamentary election. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who is seeking a third term in office, has been held...

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