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PARIS: Four French journalists held hostage in Syria for 10 months have been released, officials said Saturday, the latest batch of reporters to be freed in what has become the world's deadliest...
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Syria rebels, government confirm poison gas attack

BEIRUT: The Syrian government and rebel forces say poison gas has been used in a central village, injuring scores of people, while blaming each other for the attack.




Bomb blast near Egypt hospital before minister visits

CAIRO: A crude bomb exploded on Saturday near a newly built hospital just minutes before it was inaugurated by Egypt’s health minister, security officials said, adding that there were no casualties.




2 die in Libya jailbreak bid

TRIPOLI, Libya: Libya’s justice minister says that an attempted jailbreak at a prison outside Tripoli left two prisoners dead.




Top Turkey court annuls parts of controversial judiciary law

ANKARA: Turkey’s constitutional court on Friday overturned sections of a controversial judiciary reform adopted in response to a corruption scandal roiling the government, local media said.



Iraq deputy PM escapes bid on life

BAGHDAD: Gunmen attacked Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Saleh Al-Mutlak’s convoy in the Abu Ghraib area west of Baghdad on Friday, killing a guard and wounding at least five, officials said.




Iraqi insurgents use water as weapon after seizing dam

FALLUJA, Iraq: Insurgents in Iraq have added water to their arsenal of weapons after seizing control of a dam in the west of the country that enables them to flood certain areas and prevent security f

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