Middle-East



Lebanon envoy dies in S. Korea car accident

SEOUL: Lebanon’s ambassador to South Korea died in a car accident Thursday in Seoul, police said.



Rebel Free Syrian Army chief calls for vote boycott

BEIRUT: The commander of the rebel Free Syrian Army urged Syrians to boycott Tuesday’s presidential election, calling it a “farce” run by a “criminal” regime.



Turkey highest court: YouTube ban violates rights

ANKARA: Turkey’s highest court on Thursday ruled that the country’s ban on YouTube is a violation of freedom of expression — a set-back for Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who had advocat



Egypt: El-Sissi wins election by landslide

CAIRO: With nearly all ballots counted, Egypt’s former military chief has won a crushing victory over his sole opponent in the country’s presidential election, his campaign said Thursday.



Air raids on Syria’s Aleppo kill over 40 in 24 hours: NGO

BEIRUT, Lebanon: The death toll from Syrian air raids on rebel-held areas in the northern city of Aleppo has topped 40 over a 24-hour period, a monitoring group said Wednesday.



Israel troops crack down on Hamas newspapers

RAMALLAH: Israeli soldiers raided the offices of a Palestinian newspaper in the West Bank city of Ramallah Wednesday, ordering them to stop printing publications by Hamas, managers said.



Hezbollah commander wanted by FBI killed

BEIRUT: Security officials in Lebanon say a Hezbollah military commander wanted by the FBI has been killed in Syria while fighting alongside President Bashar Assad’s forces.



Air force loyal to Gen. Hiftar strikes militias in Benghazi

BENGHAZI: Libyan warplanes bombed militia bases in Benghazi on Wednesday as part of a rogue former general’s campaign to purge the chaotic North African state of radicals, witnesses and officials said



4 Tunisia cops slain at house of minister

TUNIS, Tunisia: Gunmen attacked the home of Tunisia’s top security official while his family was inside, killing four of the policeman standing guard, the Interior Ministry said Wednesday.



Turnout low in Egypt

CAIRO: The Egyptian government launched a determined effort to get out the vote on Tuesday after lower than expected turnout in a presidential election threatened to undermine the credibility of the f

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