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TRIPOLI/TUNIS: A Tunisian diplomat kidnapped in Libya pleaded with his government to negotiate with his captors, according to a video released by a rebel group on Sunday evening. Libyan rebels have...
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Palestinians renew unity bid

RAMALLAH: The Palestinians have relaunched efforts to reconcile their rival leaderships in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as US-brokered peace talks with Israel teeter on the edge of collapse.



Iran’s divorce rate rising

TEHRAN: More than one in five marriages in Iran ended in divorce last year — despite the government’s push for more couples to wed and have children to reverse slowing population growth.



‘Piles and piles’ of bodies in S. Sudan

NAIROBI: Gunmen who targeted both children and the elderly left “piles and piles” of bodies — many of those in a mosque — in a provincial capital in South Sudan, the UN’s top humanitarian of



Paris to present plan to fight ‘jihadi threat’

PARIS: France will unveil a plan to stop the stream of French youths joining jihadi groups in Syria, with a new focus on preventing radicalization.




Abducted in Libya, diplomat pleads to Tunisian govt to act

TRIPOLI/TUNIS: A Tunisian diplomat kidnapped in Libya pleaded with his government to negotiate with his captors, according to a video released by a rebel group on Sunday evening.




30 ‘Al-Qaeda’ suspects dead in Yemen drone strike

ADEN: A drone strike in south Yemen killed at least 30 suspected Al-Qaeda militants on Sunday, the latest in an intensified aerial campaign in the country, a tribal chief said.



Kin of Iran prisoners protest outside Parliament

DUBAI: Families of Iranian prisoners charged with political offenses demonstrated outside Parliament in Tehran on Sunday to protest at what they said was violent treatment of their relatives at the Ev



Iranian women ‘not second class citizens’

TEHRAN: Iran’s President Hassan Rowhani admitted Sunday that women in his country still face discrimination and cultural barriers but he insisted they are not universally treated as second-class cit

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