Middle-East



Egypt gunmen kill guard of Mursi judge

CAIRO: Gunmen Friday killed an Egyptian policeman who was on a security team guarding the home of a judge in the jailbreak trial of ousted president Muhammad Mursi, security officials said.



Five Palestinians hurt as Israelis fire on protesters

BIRZEIT, Palestinian Territories: Israeli soldiers shot and wounded five Palestinians in clashes in the West Bank on Friday, medics said, after the funeral of a man killed during an army raid.



ISIL fighters retreat from northern Syria

BEIRUT: The militant Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has begun withdrawing from parts of northern Syria ahead of a deadline set by a rival group, a monitor said Thursday.



Turkey opposition challenges law tightening control on judiciary

ANKARA: Turkey’s main opposition party asked the top court on Friday to overturn a law tightening government control of the judiciary, which it sees as a bid by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan to snuff



24 perish in Yemen fighting

SANAA: At least 24 people were killed on Friday as Yemeni troops and allied Islamists engaged in heavy fighting with Shiite rebels in the north, tribal sources said.



Death penalty sought for Lebanese cleric

BEIRUT: Lebanon will seek the death penalty for a radical Sunni cleric who has been at large since deadly clashes between his followers and the army last year, a judicial source said Friday.



New judges demanded; Mursi spy case on hold

CAIRO: A court in Egypt on Thursday suspended the espionage trial of deposed President Muhammad Mursi after defense lawyers requested that the judges in the case withdraw.



Radical cleric rejects ‘Islamic tax’ in Syria

AMMAN: A radical Jordanian preacher deported from Britain who is on trial on terrorism charges says Al-Qaeda fighters in Syria should not impose an Islamic tax on Christians under their control.



Turkey PM challenges rival to return home as new graft tape leaked

ISTANBUL: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday openly challenged his arch-rival, US-based Fethullah Gulen, to return home as their feud deepened with a second leaked recording linki



Grenade hits Gaza church; no casualties

GAZA CITY: A hand grenade exploded in the courtyard of a Roman Catholic church in Gaza City overnight without causing any casualties or damage, a parish official said.

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