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Scientist jailed for Qaeda terror plot

A Paris court sentenced a Franco-Algerian nuclear physicist to four years in jail on Friday after he was convicted of plotting with al Qaeda’s north African branch to carry out terror attacks. Police arrested Adlene Hicheur, a researcher studying the Big Bang at the birth …

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Saudis let Laden family in as refugees

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has allowed the three widows and children of slain al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden entrance into the kingdom on humanitarian grounds, a Saudi-owned daily reports. Citing a senior Saudi official, the London-based Asharq al-Awsat said the kingdom “dealt with bin Laden’s wives …

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Old wounds, ethnic rivalries stoke Sudan war fever

UNS REPORT When petrol started running low in South Sudan’s capital this month, Peter Bashir Gbandi sensed a sinister force at work. Rather than blaming a severe shortage of dollars, which the newly-independent country needs to buy imported fuel, the lawmaker pointed to arch rival …

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Netanyahu says Iran must stop ‘all enrichment’

WASHINGTON: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that Iran should remain under biting sanctions until it halts all uranium enrichment, appearing to exceed UN demands on Tehran. His remarks appeared aimed at stepping up pressure on Iran as it engages in revived international nuclear …

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Turkish PM meets Saudi King Abdullah

RIYADH: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Saudi King Abdullah in Riyadh Friday for talks on the Syrian conflict, amid Gulf Arab calls to arm rebels despite a tenuous truce going into effect. “The major issues in the region, particularly those concerning the Syrian …

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Ceasefire in Syria comes into effect

DAMASCUS: A ceasefire in Syria came into effect at 6:00 am (0300 GMT) in line with an ultimatum set by UN/Arab League envoy Kofi Annan aimed at ending violence that has killed thousands over 13 months. The Syrian regime, which has carried out bloody repression …

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Landmark Arab summit in Iraq

BAGHDAD: Arab leaders will stop short of calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to quit on Thursday in Baghdad, with the city locked down for its first major regional summit in a generation. With 100,000 security forces standing guard in the Iraqi capital, officials took …

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Bahrain shuts embassy in Syria

Bahrain has decided to shut down its embassy in Damascus and to withdraw all diplomats and staff because of worsening security conditions there, the foreign ministry said on Thursday in a statement quoted by state news agency BNA. The foreign ministry also called upon Bahraini …

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Israel minister criticises Obama as too soft on Iran

JERUSALEM: An Israeli minister on Tuesday criticised US President Barack Obama for not taking a stronger line on Iran’s nuclear ambitions during top-level talks with the Israeli leader earlier this week. “We would have liked to hear clearer things vis-a-vis the Iranians,” Finance Minister Yuval …

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Israeli PM probed on luxury trips abroad

Israel’s state comptroller has questioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over allegations of taking lavish, privately paid trips abroad while serving in public office. A comptroller spokesman says staff questioned Netanyahu at his office Monday. The meeting however did not hit Israeli news until Friday as …

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