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GAZA CITY: An Israeli warplane struck the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday wounding six people, one very seriously, the territory’s Hamas rulers said. The raid came as thousands took to the...
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Egypt stops bid to smuggle artifacts

CAIRO: Authorities in Egypt say they have seized a cache of Jewish religious artifacts that smugglers wanted to ship to Belgium at one of the country’s main ports.



Obama signs bill aimed at blocking Iran’s UN envoy

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama has signed legislation aimed at blocking Iran’s chosen ambassador to the UN but says he’s only treating it as guidance.



Syria army advances in Homs as car bomb kills 14

DAMASCUS: Syrian army forces advanced Friday around rebel-held areas of the Old City of Homs, as a car bomb hit a regime-controlled part of the city, killing 14 people.



British teenager killed in Syria conflict

LONDON: A British teenager whose uncle was detained in the Guantanamo Bay camp has been killed in the Syrian conflict, his family said



MERS alert: Spate of Mideast virus infections raises concerns

DUBAI: A recent spate of infections from a frequently deadly Middle East virus is raising new worries about efforts to contain the illness, with infectious disease experts urging greater vigilance in



Tunisian envoy seized in Libya

TRIPOLI: A Tunisian diplomat was kidnapped Thursday in Tripoli in unknown circumstances, a Libyan security source told AFP, just two days after armed men seized Jordan’s ambassador.



Bouteflika votes in wheelchair for 4th term

ALGIERS: Abdelaziz Bouteflika, seeking a fourth presidential term, cast his ballot from a wheelchair Thursday as Algerians voted in an election he is widely expected to win despite chronic health p



Homs becomes ‘theater of death’ ... once again

BEIRUT: International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said on Thursday that a deal between trapped fighters and civilians in Homs city and the Syrian authorities had broken down, as government forces appe



Kuwaiti MP wants protesting stateless sent to desert camp

KUWAIT CITY: A Kuwaiti lawmaker Thursday urged his government to send stateless people convicted of breaching public security and protesting to a camp he suggested should be built in the desert.

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