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Iraq cleric issues Shia call to arms

BAGHDAD-UNS/BBC: Iraq’s most senior Shia cleric has issued a call to arms while Sunni-led insurgents seize more towns. The call by a representative of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani came during Friday prayers, as the militants widened their grip in the north and east, and threatened …

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Iraq forces battle militants north of Baghdad

BAQUBA-UNS : Iraqi forces clashed with militants advancing on the city of Baquba, just 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of Baghdad, on Friday, as an offensive spearheaded by jihadists drew closer to the capital. Security forces were battling militants on the outskirts of Muqdadiyah, 35 …

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US ‘looking at all options’ in Iraq: Obama

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Washington is ramping up support to Iraq with “all options” on the table, barring troops on the ground, as the Obama administration Thursday was accused of being caught napping by a swift jihadist offensive. Militants are closing fast on the capital Baghdad …

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Saudi prince loses court claim with King Fahd ‘wife’

LONDON -UNS: A Saudi prince lost an early round of a multi-million pound British court battle on Monday against a woman who claims she was married to his late father King Fahd. Prince Abdul Aziz bin Fahd argued his father had “state immunity” and that …

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Egypt govt to quit, Sisi to make cabinet changes

CAIRO – Egypt s military-installed government was due to resign Monday, with new President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi expected to make changes to the cabinet on his first day in office, media reported. The ex-army chief was sworn in on Sunday, nearly a year after ousting …

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Landslide victory for Assad in Syria presidential elections

DAMASCUS (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad has been re-elected in a landslide, officials said Wednesday, capturing another seven-year term in the middle of a bloody 3-year-old uprising against his rule that has devastated the country. Syria’s parliament speaker, Jihad Laham, announced the final results …

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El-Sissi wins Egypt’s election by landslide

CAIRO-UNS : With nearly all the ballots counted, Egypt’s former military chief has won a crushing victory over his sole opponent with more than 92 per cent of the votes, according to results announced by his campaign early Thursday. The campaign of retired field marshal …

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Ghusl-e-Kaaba ceremony held

MAKKAH-UNS : A ceremonial washing of the Holy Kaaba was performed on Thursday led by Emir Prince Mishal Bin Abdullah on behalf of the custodian of the two holy mosques King Abdullah. According Saudi media reports, Sheikh Abdurahman Al-Sudais, head of the Presidency for the …

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Egyptians go to the polls to elect new president

CAIRO-UNS/BBC: A huge security operation has been mounted for the polls to elect a successor to Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected leader who was ousted by the army last year. Analysts predict an easy victory for Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, the former army chief who …

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Syria war toll over 162,000: NGO

BEIRUT (AFP) – More than 162,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict broke out in March 2011, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in a new toll published Monday. The Britain-based monitoring group, which relies on a network of sources on …

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