Middle-East



Blast kills cop at busy Cairo square

CAIRO: An explosion rocked a busy square in central Cairo late Friday, killing one police officer and causing panic, Egypt’s Interior Ministry and security officials said.



Arak heavy water reactor dispute virtually solved

TEHRAN: Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi said Saturday that a dispute with world powers over the Arak heavy water reactor has been “virtually resolved,” the Al-Alam Arabic-language television rep



Mercy for Iran woman on death row if she tells ‘truth’

TEHRAN: An Iranian woman on death row for the murder of an ex-intelligence official could be forgiven if “she tells the truth,” the son of her alleged victim said Saturday.



Turkey’s Arabs losing their identity

Turkey’s Arabs are in need of support for preserving their cultural identity, Shukri Kirboga, president of an Arab-Turkish cultural association, told Arab News.



Rival rejects 4th-term victory of Bouteflika

ALGIERS: Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika clinched a fourth term on Friday, despite his poor health, winning a landslide victory in an election marred by low turnout and his rival alleging f



Homs blast kills 14 at mosque

BEIRUT: A bomb went off in front of a mosque and killed 14 people in Homs, Syrian state television said on Friday, with forces loyal to President Bashar Assad looking close to wresting the symbolic ce



Tunisian president slashes salary by two-thirds

TUNIS: Tunisia’s President Moncef Marzouki announced on Friday his decision to voluntarily take a two-thirds pay cut as the government grapples with a financial situation it has described as “critical



Diplomat’s abductors want Tunisia to free jailed Libyans

TUNIS: Tunisia said Friday that the kidnappers of a Tunisian diplomat in Tripoli and an embassy colleague are demanding the release of Libyans jailed in Tunisia on terrorism charges.



Malaysians protest against Obama visit

KUALA LUMPUR: About 100 Malaysian activists protested Friday outside the US Embassy against the coming visit by President Barack Obama, denouncing him as an enemy of Islam.



Iran bears no hostility to the world: Rowhani

TEHRAN: Iran has no intention of committing acts of aggression but retains the right to defend itself militarily, President Hassan Rowhani said Friday.

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