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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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Thousands seek refuge in Lebanon from Syria flare-up

BEIRUT: Thousands of Syrian refugees have poured into Lebanon over the past two days as fighting between government forces and rebels has flared near the border, a local official said Saturday.



Bouteflika nominated for 4th term

ALGIERS: Algeria’s 76-year-old President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was on Saturday designated his party’s candidate in the 2014 presidential election, despite having been largely unseen for months beca



Fresh clashes in Libyan capital as death toll tops 40

TRIPOLI: Fresh clashes erupted in a Tripoli suburb on Saturday, witnesses and the Libyan government said, as the death toll from violence at an anti-militia protest topped 40.



Israel and strategic US partner fall out over Iran

JERUSALEM: Israel and its US ally have hit a troubled patch in their close relationship, caused by differences over Iran’s nuclear plans and peace with the Palestinians.



Russia offers Egypt air defense systems, copters

MOSCOW: Russia is offering to sell Egypt modern helicopters and air defense systems in a landmark deal reportedly worth $2 billion that would mark a revival of large-scale military cooperation, a Russ



World broadcasters urge UN action on journalists’ deaths

LONDON: Some of the world’s biggest broadcasters on Friday urged the UN Security Council to take greater action over the killing of journalists in conflict zones.



Turkey warns against Syrian Kurd autonomy

ANKARA: Turkey on Friday warned that it would not accept this week’s declaration of provisional self-rule by Kurds in neighboring war-torn Syria.



Syrian air raid kills senior rebel commander

BEIRUT: A Syrian airstrike has killed a senior commander of the Liwa Al-Tawhid rebel brigade in Aleppo and wounded its chief and another leader, a watchdog said Friday.



Fellow rebel beheaded ‘by mistake’ in Syria

BEIRUT: Al-Qaeda-linked militants in Syria have admitted beheading a fellow rebel by mistake after believing him to be an Iraqi fighting alongside regime forces, a watchdog said on Friday.



Iran freezes expansion of nuclear facilities: IAEA

VIENNA: Iran has not expanded its nuclear facilities in the last three months, a UN atomic watchdog report said Thursday, in a possible confidence-building measure by Tehran before talks next week.

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