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UN halts Gaza house repairs saying donors failed to pay up

UN halts Gaza house repairs saying donors failed to pay up

Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - The UN agency for Palestinian refugees said on Tuesday that it cannot afford to repair Gaza homes damaged in last year's war with Israel because donors have failed to pay. "The agency has exhausted all funding to support repairs and...

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Egypt releases Mubarak sons pending trial

Egypt releases Mubarak sons pending trial

Egyptian authorities have released Gamal and Alaa Mubarak, the two sons of ousted President Hosni Mubarak, pending a final trial for corruption, a security source said Monday. "Mubarak's sons were released late Sunday from prison aboard a microbus so that their departure would...

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Egypt uprising anniversary death toll rises to 23

Egypt uprising anniversary death toll rises to 23

The death toll from violence that erupted on the fourth anniversary of Egypt's Jan. 25 uprising on Sunday has risen to 23, according to the Health Ministry. Sources within ousted President Mohamed Morsi's main support bloc, however, put the total number of fatalities at 25....

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IS confirms execution of Japanese hostage Haruna Yukawa

IS confirms execution of Japanese hostage Haruna Yukawa

Beirut (AFP) - The Islamic State group's radio confirmed on Sunday that its militants have executed Japanese security contractor Haruna Yukawa, following the release of a video announcing the hostage's death. "The Islamic State has carried out its threat... it has executed...

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13 dead in Egypt unrest on uprising anniversary: officials

13 dead in Egypt unrest on uprising anniversary: officials

(AFP)- At least 12 protesters and a policeman were killed in unrest in Egypt on Sunday as the country marked the fourth anniversary of its 2011 uprising, officials said. Eleven pro-Islamist protesters were killed in clashes in the north Cairo...

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Bomb wounds two policemen on anniversary of Egypt uprising

Bomb wounds two policemen on anniversary of Egypt uprising

(Reuters) - A bomb wounded two Egyptian policemen in Cairo on Sunday and security forces moved quickly to disperse small protests on the anniversary of the popular uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011, officials said. The blast targeted policemen stationed...

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Protester killed in Egypt ahead of anniversary of 2011 uprising

Protester killed in Egypt ahead of anniversary of 2011 uprising

(Reuters) - A woman protester was shot dead in central Cairo on Saturday, security sources said, one day before the anniversary of the popular uprising that ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011. A security crackdown mounted after the army toppled president Mohamed Mursi of the...

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Thousands stage anti-Houthi protests across Yemen

Thousands stage anti-Houthi protests across Yemen

(Reuters) - Thousands of Yemenis took to the streets on Saturday in the biggest demonstrations yet against the Houthi group that dominates the country, two days after President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's resignation left the country in political limbo. Houthi gunmen shot and...

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Japan condemns apparent IS execution, demands release of remaining hostage

Japan condemns apparent IS execution, demands release of remaining hostage

(Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday called for the immediate release of a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State after an audio recording claimed that a fellow Japanese captive had been executed. Japanese government officials said they had not confirmed...

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Egypt protester killed on eve of uprising anniversary: ministry

Egypt protester killed on eve of uprising anniversary: ministry

Cairo (AFP) - A female demonstrator was killed in clashes with Egyptian police during a rare leftwing protest in central Cairo Saturday, the eve of the anniversary of the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak, an official said. A health ministry spokesman said the woman died of...

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Obama to cut short India visit, fly to Saudi Arabia: sources

Obama to cut short India visit, fly to Saudi Arabia: sources

(Reuters) - U.S. President  Barack Obama  will cut short his visit to India on Tuesday to fly to Saudi Arabia following the death of King Abdullah, sources in the Indian capital familiar with the matter said on Saturday. The White House could not...

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U.S.' Kerry, Iran foreign minister confer on nuke talks

U.S.' Kerry, Iran foreign minister confer on nuke talks

(Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif met here on Thursday, a senior State Department official said, the latest in an intensifying series of talks to reach a deal on Iran's disputed nuclear program. There was no...

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Iraq PM says retaking Mosul from IS 'can be done'

Iraq PM says retaking Mosul from IS 'can be done'

Davos (Switzerland) (AFP) - Iraq's premier expressed confidence Friday that the country's struggling army is capable of retaking the city of Mosul from the Islamic State group. The chief problem, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told a gathering of political and economic leaders...

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Hezbollah under pressure to act after Israeli strike

Hezbollah under pressure to act after Israeli strike

By Mariam Karouny BEIRUT, Jan 22 (Reuters) - With a confident smile, the leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement warned in a recent interview that allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would strike back if Israeli attacks inside Syria...

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Erdogan: Attacking religious beliefs equals terrorism

Erdogan: Attacking religious beliefs equals terrorism

Attacking religious beliefs is a form of terrorism, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday. “Terrorism is not just committed by weapons,” Erdogan said during a speech at Addis Ababa University in the Ethiopian capital. “Attacks on holy values and religious...

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Anti-IS coalition talks focus on jihadist threat

Anti-IS coalition talks focus on jihadist threat

Top officials from 21 countries kicked off talks in London on Thursday on pushing back Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria and tackling the growing threat of homegrown jihadists in Europe. US Secretary of State John Kerry and British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond...

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Car bomb hits hotel in Somali capital

Car bomb hits hotel in Somali capital

MOGADISHU (AFP) - A suspected suicide car bomb attack hit a hotel near the presidential palace in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Thursday, causing casualties, police and witnesses said. The attack, which bore the hallmarks of the Al-Qaeda-affilated Shebab rebels, hit the gate of a...

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Egypt court orders release of Mubarak sons

Egypt court orders release of Mubarak sons

An Egyptian court on Thursday ordered the release of Gamal and Alaa Mubarak, the two sons of ousted President Hosni Mubarak, pending a final trial for corruption. "Alaa and Gamal will be released Thursday evening since they are no longer involved in any other trials," Fareed al-Deeb,...

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