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South Arabia sentences 13 for backing militants in kingdom and abroad

South Arabia sentences 13 for backing militants in kingdom and abroad

A Saudi court has sentenced 13 men to up to 14 years in prison for security offences including material support to wanted Islamist militants, aiding terrorism and helping young men go to  Iraq ,  Syria  and  Afghanistan  to fight. The conservative...

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Kuwait seeks to heal Gulf rift ahead of Arab Summit

Kuwait seeks to heal Gulf rift ahead of Arab Summit

Kuwait is seeking to mediate an end to the standoff between Qatar and three Gulf countries – Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain – ahead of a planned Arab summit to be held on March 25, a prominent Kuwait lawmaker has said. Ali al-Rashid, the head of the foreign affairs committee at...

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Turkish president contradicts Erdogan, dismissing foreign plot

Turkish president contradicts Erdogan, dismissing foreign plot

President Abdullah Gul has dismissed suggestions that outside forces are conspiring against  Turkey , openly contradicting Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's assertions that a corruption scandal shaking the country is part of a foreign-backed plot. The graft inquiry swirling...

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Protests flare across Lebanon against 'siege' of border town

Protests flare across Lebanon against 'siege' of border town

 Lebanese demonstrators blocked several roads throughout the country on Tuesday evening in protest at what they called a "siege" on the Sunni Muslim town of Arsal on the border with Syria. The road to Arsal was blocked by residents of the Shi'ite Muslim town of al-Labwa who...

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Ukraine crisis not seen hurting Iran nuclear talks -EU

Ukraine crisis not seen hurting Iran nuclear talks -EU

Iran  and six world powers sought on Tuesday to make headway toward resolving their decade-old nuclear dispute, with Western officials expressing hope the talks would not be further complicated by the  Ukraine  crisis. So far, diplomats said, there is little...

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Hamas calls Egypt blockade a 'crime against humanity'

Hamas calls Egypt blockade a 'crime against humanity'

 The Palestinian militant group Hamas on Tuesday called Egypt's curbs on movement through its crossing with the Gaza Strip a "crime against humanity", in an unprecedented rebuke of its Arab neighbor that further frays their worsening ties. The closures, that  Egypt...

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Iran, six powers seek nuclear progress in shadow of Ukraine crisis

Iran, six powers seek nuclear progress in shadow of Ukraine crisis

Iran  and six world powers will try to make headway toward resolving their nuclear dispute in talks starting in Vienna on Tuesday, with Western officials hoping the uphill challenge will not be made even more difficult by the  Ukraine  crisis. So far, diplomats...

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Obama urges Palestinian leader to take risks for peace with Israel

Obama urges Palestinian leader to take risks for peace with Israel

  President Barack Obama on Monday urged Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to make tough decisions and take risks for peace with Israel, saying he hoped to see progress in U.S.-brokered negotiations in coming weeks. In White House talks overshadowed by the Ukraine...

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Middle East Egypt vows 'decisive' steps after deadly raid

Middle East Egypt vows 'decisive' steps after deadly raid

Egypt's interim government has pledged "decisive" action and ordered heightened security after armed men killed six soldiers at a Cairo checkpoint. The shooting on Saturday morning came two days after armed men killed a soldier in Cairo, as fighters once based in the Sinai Peninsula...

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Israel bombs Gaza militants after intensive rocket fire

Israel bombs Gaza militants after intensive rocket fire

Israel bombed 29 targets in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, the Israeli military said, after Palestinian militants in the coastal territory fired 60 rockets into Israel in the heaviest such barrage since 2012. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had ordered the...

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Egypt's army blames Muslim Brotherhood for attack on army bus

Egypt's army blames Muslim Brotherhood for attack on army bus

Egypt's army blamed the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood for an attack on an army bus which killed one officer and wounded three others in the capital on Thursday, violence underscoring growing security threats to the military-backed government. Masked gunmen had opened fire on...

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Death of Turkish boy hurt in protests triggers further unrest

Death of Turkish boy hurt in protests triggers further unrest

Protesters clashed with police in Turkey's two biggest cities on Tuesday after the death of a 15-year-old boy who was hit in the head by a tear-gas canister during anti-government demonstrations last summer. Police fired water cannon and tear gas to disperse crowds in Istanbul and...

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Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian at Jordan crossing

Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian at Jordan crossing

Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian judge from Jordan on Monday in an altercation at a crossing point between Jordan and the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Palestinian officials said. The Israeli military said the man had tried to seize a soldier's gun at the Allenby bridge,...

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Egypt issues presidential election law

Egypt issues presidential election law

Egypt's interim president has signed into law a bill aimed at regulating the upcoming presidential election, paving the way for army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to take part and win. Adly Mansour , the interim president, issued the decree on Saturday with the elections commission...

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Al Qaeda-linked militants in Lebanon apologize for civilian deaths

Al Qaeda-linked militants in Lebanon apologize for civilian deaths

A Sunni Lebanese militant group linked to al Qaeda has apologized for the civilian casualties of a suicide bombing last month and said its fight was against Iran and its ally Hezbollah, not Shi'ites in general. The Abdullah Azzam Brigades took credit for a February 19 attack on Shi'ite...

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Bombings, shootings kill 22 in Iraq

Bombings, shootings kill 22 in Iraq

A dozen bombings in central Iraq and two shootings in the north killed 22 people Thursday, officials and doctors said, as the country suffers its worst violence in years. Iraq has been hit by a year-long surge in bloodshed that has reached levels not seen since 2008, driven by...

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10 million children in Mideast to get polio vaccine: UN

10 million children in Mideast to get polio vaccine: UN

Millions of children in the Middle East will be vaccinated against polio this month after the crippling disease resurfaced in conflict-hit Syria, the United Nations said Sunday. Mass vaccinations have already been launched in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Syria, while a similar campaign in...

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Ultra-Orthodox Jews stage mass protest against Israeli draft law

Ultra-Orthodox Jews stage mass protest against Israeli draft law

Hundreds of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews held a mass prayer in Jerusalem on Sunday in protest at a bill that would cut their community's military exemptions and end a tradition upheld since Israel's foundation. Ultra-Orthodox leaders had called on their men, women and children...

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