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White House ‘deeply troubled’ by Morsi sentencing

WASHINGTON: The White House branded Egypt’s sentencing of former president Mohamed Morsi as politically motivated Tuesday, in a sharp rebuke of its uneasy military ally. “We are deeply troubled by the politically motivated sentences that have been handed down against former president Morsi and several …

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Alqaeda leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar killed in Libya

ALGIERS (AFP) – Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the one-eyed terrorist reported to have been killed in a US airstrike in Libya Monday, was an Al-Qaeda veteran and the mastermind behind a devastating attack on an Algerian gas plant in 2013. Branded variously as “the Uncatchable”, “The One-Eyed” …

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Gaza facing ‘dangerous fiscal crisis’: World Bank

Jerusalem : The Gaza Strip has the world s highest unemployment and Palestinians, Israelis and donors must take action to avoid a “dangerous fiscal crisis,” the World Bank said Friday. The report, prepared ahead of the bi-annual meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) …

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Israel army wounds 10 Palestinians in West Bank clashes

NABLUS, Palestinian Territories (AFP) – Rubber bullets and live fire by Israeli soldiers wounded at least 10 Palestinians on Friday during clashes in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, security sources and witnesses said. The Israeli army confirmed the clashes, but denied its forces …

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Parliament rejects saudi demands;urging mediating role in Yemen crisis

BY IFTIKHAR MASHWANI ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s parliament on Friday urged the government to stay out of the conflict in Yemen, rejecting Saudi demands for Islamabad to join its coalition against Huthi rebels. A unanimous resolution passed by a special session of parliament backed the government’s commitment …

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Russia urges UN-mandated pause in Yemen air strikes

UNITED NATIONS: Russia called on the UN Security Council Saturday to push for a pause in the air war in Yemen, as a Saudi-led coalition pounded rebels in the country for a 10th day. Yemen’s main southern city, a last foothold of supporters of self-exiled …

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39 dead in Yemen since Saudi-led strikes began: health officials

SANAA: At least 39 people have been killed in more than 24 hours of Saudi-led air strikes against rebels in Yemen, health ministry officials said on Friday. Twelve of the victims were killed when a raid targeting a military base north of Sanaa hit surrounding …

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Saudi Arabia, allies launch air strikes against Houthis in Yemen

WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia said Thursday that five Muslim countries including Egypt and Pakistan want to participate in the Gulf-led military coalition against Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen. Together with Jordan, Morocco and Sudan, they have “expressed desire to participate in the operation” against the rebels, …

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Beleaguered Hamas struggles to mend damaged Iran ties

JERUSALEM (AFP) – After years of strained relations over the Syrian conflict, Palestinian Islamist group Hamas is looking to mend ties with its traditional backer Iran. But reconciliation is proving far from simple. The outbreak of Syria s civil war nearly four years ago provoked …

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Banksy leaves his mark in war-ravaged Gaza

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories (AFP) – World-renowned graffiti artist Banksy has caused a stir in the Gaza Strip, apparently secretly travelling to the Palestinian territory and painting murals on buildings ruined by the latest conflict. The artist, whose chooses to remain anonymous, released an online …

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