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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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Turkish opposition challenges law tightening judicial control

Turkish opposition challenges law tightening judicial control

Turkey's main opposition party asked the top court on Friday to overturn a law tightening government control of the judiciary, which it sees as a bid by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan to snuff out a corruption scandal. Hours after the law was enacted late on Thursday, Justice...

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Islamic group slams anti-polio vaccine fatwas

Islamic group slams anti-polio vaccine fatwas

An Islamic group met Wednesday to quash fatwas (religious edicts) ruling that polio vaccines cause infertility, Al Arabiya News Channel reported “The whole world rejects such fatwas that polio vaccines cause infertility,” Abbas Chouman, a senior official at Cairo’s al-Azhar...

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Amnesty says some Israeli West Bank killings may be war crimes

Amnesty says some Israeli West Bank killings may be war crimes

Israeli forces are using excessive, reckless violence in the occupied West Bank, killing dozens of Palestinians over the past three years in what might constitute a war crime, Amnesty International said on Thursday. In a report entitled "Trigger Happy", the human rights group...

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Iraqi leaders give conflicting answers on reported Iran arms deal

Iraqi leaders give conflicting answers on reported Iran arms deal

Iraqi officials gave contradictory accounts on Tuesday about whether or not Baghdad had agreed to buy $195 million worth of arms and ammunition from  Iran  as reported by Reuters, a deal that if confirmed could damage Iraqi-U.S. relations. The Defence Ministry denied any such...

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Lebanese village faces 'existential' battle

Lebanese village faces 'existential' battle

Jerd Arsal, Lebanese-Syrian border  - On the blurry border line between Syria and Lebanon lies a small stone building hidden in the rugged, mountainous terrain. It is a "surveillance centre" set up by rebels to monitor the "potential infiltration" of Shia Hezbollah fighters...

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Egypt government resigns, paving way for Sisi to seek presidency

Egypt government resigns, paving way for Sisi to seek presidency

Egypt's government resigned on Monday, paving the way for army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to declare his candidacy for president of a strategic U.S. ally gripped by political strife. After the July overthrow of elected Islamist President Mohamed Mursi and subsequent crackdown...

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Exclusive: Testing detente, U.S. firms move to sell jet parts to Iran

Exclusive: Testing detente, U.S. firms move to sell jet parts to Iran

 U.S. aerospace companies are seeking permission to sell airliner parts to  Iran  for the first time in three decades, in a key test of the temporary relief on sanctions given under talks to curtail Iran's nuclear activities. At least two leading manufacturers, ...

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Egypt puts three Al Jazeera journalists on trial

Egypt puts three Al Jazeera journalists on trial

Egypt put three Al Jazeera journalists on trial on Thursday on charges of aiding members of a "terrorist organization", in a case that human rights groups say shows the authorities are trampling on freedom of expression. The journalists, wearing white prison outfits, appeared in...

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 Activists who backed Mursi's fall turn against military

Activists who backed Mursi's fall turn against military

Their campaign against Islamist President Mohamed Mursi helped the army topple Egypt's first freely elected leader, but some leaders of the Tamarud movement have broken away, saying the military threatens democracy. The split in Tamarud (Rebellion) is a sign of growing public anger...

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Pro-Assad official killed in n.Lebanon, unrest ensues

Pro-Assad official killed in n.Lebanon, unrest ensues

An official with the pro-Syrian   Arab Democratic Party   was assassinated by masked gunmen in the northern city of   Tripoli   Thursday, triggering violence that left two people killed and five wounded. Unknown assailants on a small motorcycle...

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Iraq's Sadr Slams Government after Political Exit

Iraq's Sadr Slams Government after Political Exit

Powerful Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Tuesday slammed Iraq's government as corrupt and headed by a "tyrant" while calling on citizens to vote, days after announcing his exit from politics. The televised speech seem aimed at establishing the cleric, whose political career began in...

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Two dozen killed in several Baghdad bomb blasts

Two dozen killed in several Baghdad bomb blasts

There is devastation in several parts of Baghdad after a series of bomb attacks that killed at least two dozen people on Monday night. Nine people died in car bomb explosions that targeted mosques in the Iraqi capital’s predominantly Shi’ite districts of Amil and Karrada. In the...

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 Iran says Russia could build nuclear reactor in exchange for oil

Iran says Russia could build nuclear reactor in exchange for oil

Russia could build a second reactor at Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant in exchange for Iranian oil, the Iranian ambassador to Moscow said in remarks published on Monday. Russia  could also supply  Iran  with trucks, railroad tracks, mini-refineries or other...

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