Middle-East



Egyptian envoy ‘will not return to Qatar’

CAIRO: Egypt has welcomed the decision of three Gulf states to withdraw their envoys to Qatar and said its own ambassador “will not return” to the Gulf emirate.



Yemeni accused of guiding US drone strikes ‘executed’

SANAA: Al-Qaeda militants shot dead a man in southeastern Yemen on Thursday for allegedly giving the United States information used to carry out drone strikes against militants, witnesses and the S



Kerry, Abdallah focus on faltering ME talks

AQABA, Jordan: US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Jordan on Friday for talks with King Abdallah on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, a US spokeswoman said.



Turkish president nixes Facebook, YouTube ban

ISTANBUL: Turkey’s president on Friday ruled out any ban on Facebook and YouTube after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said the sites could be shut to stop his foes anonymously posting audio recordings



Iraq airport official held over Lebanon flight row

BAGHDAD: The deputy head of Baghdad airport was arrested after a Lebanese airliner that left Beirut without the Iraqi transport minister’s son was ordered mid-flight to turn back, the premier’s spokes



Violence kills eight in Iraq

BAGHDAD: Shelling in Iraq’s city of Fallujah, held by anti-government fighters for more than two months, and a shooting targeting a local official killed eight people Friday, police and doctors said.<



Turkey warns YouTube and Facebook could be banned

ANKARA: Turkey’s embattled prime minister has warned that his government could ban popular social media networks YouTube and Facebook after a number of online leaks added momentum to a spiralling corr



YouTube and Facebook could be banned, warns Turkey PM

ANKARA: Turkey's embattled prime minister has warned that his government could ban popular social media networks YouTube and Facebook after a raft of online leaks added momentum to a spiraling corrupt



Gaza activists stuck in Egypt

CAIRO: More than 40 women on their way to Gaza as part of a delegation for World Women’s Day are staging a sit-in inside the Cairo International Airport after being refused entry into the country sinc



Abbas cuts pay of rival’s guards

GAZA: President Mahmoud Abbas has halted salary payments to scores of security men loyal to a rival Palestinian politician, deepening disarray within their US-backed Fatah faction, officials said on T

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