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Nearly 50 killed in Iraq bombings

Nearly 50 killed in Iraq bombings

At least 45 people were killed in bomb attacks across Iraq on Tuesday, most of them in busy markets and commercial areas of the capital Baghdad, police and medics said. The deadliest assault took place in the predominantly Shi'ite Shaab neighborhood of northern Baghdad, where two car...

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 Egypt's army set to oust Mursi as clock ticks

Egypt's army set to oust Mursi as clock ticks

Egypt's army has plans to push Mohamed Mursi aside and suspend the constitution after an all but impossible ultimatum it has given the Islamist president expires in less than 24 hours, military sources told Reuters on Tuesday. Condemning a coup against their first freely elected leader,...

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Egypt President Mohammed Morsi says he will not step down

Egypt President Mohammed Morsi says he will not step down

Egypt's embattled president says he will not step down and called on the military to withdraw its ultimatum that it will intervene if he does not work out differences with the opposition. Writing Tuesday on his official Twitter account, President Mohammed Morsi says he rejects all...

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Egypt army plan would scrap constitution, parliament - sources

Egypt army plan would scrap constitution, parliament - sources

Egypt's armed forces would suspend the constitution and dissolve an Islamist-dominated parliament under a draft political roadmap to be pursued if Islamist President Mohamed Mursi and his opponents fail to  reach a power-sharing agreement by Wednesday, military sources said. The...

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Gulf Arabs call for U.N. Security Council meeting to prevent Homs massacre

Gulf Arabs call for U.N. Security Council meeting to prevent Homs massacre

Gulf Arab states called on the U.N. Security Council on Monday to meet urgently to prevent a massacre in Homs, as pro-government forces in  Syria  try to wrest the city from rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad. Assad's army and allied fighters launched an...

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US official denounces Hezbollah's actions in Syria

US official denounces Hezbollah's actions in Syria

A senior U.S. official denounced Hezbollah's involvement in the Syrian civil war Monday and accused the Shiite militant group of putting the interests of Iran and Syria above those of the Lebanese people. Underscoring growing sectarian bitterness, mainly Sunni rebels vowed to "liberate" two...

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 Egypt army gives Mursi 48 hours to share power

Egypt army gives Mursi 48 hours to share power

 Egypt's powerful armed forces gave Islamist President Mohamed Mursi a virtual ultimatum on Monday to share power, urging the nation's feuding politicians to agree on an inclusive roadmap for the country's future within 48 hours. A dramatic military statement broadcast on state...

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China state media blames Syria government, rebel forces for Xinjiang violence

China state media blames Syria government, rebel forces for Xinjiang violence

 Chinese state media blamed Syrian government and opposition forces on Monday, in unusually specific finger pointing, for training Muslim extremists responsible for the deadliest unrest in four years in China's far-western region of Xinjiang. China  has traditionally blamed...

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Egypt protests set for showdown, violence feared

Egypt protests set for showdown, violence feared

Mass demonstrations across  Egypt  on Sunday may determine its future, two and half years after people power toppled a dictator they called Pharaoh and ushered in a democracy crippled by bitter divisions. The protesters' goal again is to unseat a president, this time their...

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Egypt: Lynching of Shia Follows Months of Hate Speech

Egypt: Lynching of Shia Follows Months of Hate Speech

The lynching of four Shia by a mob apparently led by Salafi sheikhs in the village of Abu Musallim in Greater Cairo on June 23, 2013, came after months of anti-Shia hate speech at times involving the ruling Muslim Brotherhood and its political party, Human Rights Watch said today. The episode...

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 Director-general of al Jazeera satellite news network resigns to take up a post in    government

Director-general of al Jazeera satellite news network resigns to take up a post in government

The director-general of Qatar-based al Jazeera satellite news network has resigned to take up a post in the newly reshuffled government, the station said on Wednesday .   Ahmed bin Jassim al-Thani said in a statement posted on the station's website that he was...

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Mursi offers constitution change before protests

Mursi offers constitution change before protests

President Mohamed Mursi offered opponents a say on Wednesday in amending a controversial new constitution and a forum to seek "national reconciliation", as he sought to avert a violent showdown in the streets. In a televised address lasting more than two and a half hours, the Islamist...

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 Former Qatari PM drove bold, maverick foreign policy

Former Qatari PM drove bold, maverick foreign policy

The manager of Qatar's rise to global prominence, former Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani, used charm, tenacity and economic clout to broker peace and topple dictators overseas and build an investment nest-egg for future generations at home. Sheikh Hamad was replaced as...

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 New Qatar emir gives first address

New Qatar emir gives first address

The new emir of the State of Qatar has made his first public address since taking over from his father, who he praised as the architect of the Gulf State. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Wednesday addressed his nation and international audiences in a speech that promised to continue with...

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Mohammed Assaf, Arab Idol Winner, Draws Thousands Upon Return To Gaza

Mohammed Assaf, Arab Idol Winner, Draws Thousands Upon Return To Gaza

KHAN YOUNIS REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip — Palestinians have a new voice: a 23-year-old wedding singer from a Gaza refugee camp touted as a rare symbol of national unity after he won the Arab world's top TV contest. But Mohammed Assaf's homecoming Tuesday highlighted the harsh reality of...

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Fadl Shaker: Lebanon crooner turned fugitive militant

Fadl Shaker: Lebanon crooner turned fugitive militant

Once adored by women for his warm voice and good looks, Lebanese crooner Fadl Shaker followed an unlikely path to become an Islamist militant now on the run with fellow fugitive Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir. The pair are now being sought in a nationwide manhunt after clashes between Assir and his...

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Sheikh Tamim is capable of shouldering the responsibility and fulfilling the  mission

Sheikh Tamim is capable of shouldering the responsibility and fulfilling the mission": Sheikh Hamad addresses Qataris

 Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani says he is handing over power to son and calls on countrymen to lend their support .   In an unprecedented step in the Arab modern history, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani , the ruler of Qatar for 18 years, has...

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Investigation: The Price of Loyalty in Syria

Investigation: The Price of Loyalty in Syria

       The Damascus neighborhood known as Mezze 86 is a dense, dilapidated warren of narrow hillside streets adorned with posters bearing the face of Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad. The presidential palace is nearby, and the area is...

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