Middle-East



Shock, anger after French Embassy blast in Tripoli

TRIPOLI: Haj Mohammed Mokhtar sits on the curb staring in shock at the smoke rising from a palm tree in his garden after a powerful car bomb yesterday targeted the Frenc



Iraq minister quits in protest as clashes in north leave 40 dead

KIRKUK: Deadly fighting hit Kirkuk province in north Iraq yesterday, with 27 people killed in clashes between protesters and security forces while 13 gunmen died in reve



Lebanon communal tensions rise

BEIRUT: Two Syrian rockets struck Lebanon yesterday, causing damage and heightening tensions between Lebanese Shiite and Sunni communities over neighboring Syria’s



Egypt’s former minister gets 25 years for graft

CAIRO: A court has sentenced a former finance minister to 25 years in prison on charges of squandering public funds.



Israel in Syria chemical arms claim as Hagel visits

JERUSALEM: The Israeli army on Tuesday said Damascus had used chemical weapons as US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wrapped up a three-day visit focused on the Syrian civil war and the Iranian nuclear



Car bomb targets French embassy in Libya

TRIPOLI, Libya: A car bomb targeted the French Embassy in the Libyan capital early Tuesday, wounding two French guards and a Libyan teenager in an attack that President Francois Hollande denounced



Kuwaiti opposition leader granted bail in insult case

KUWAIT: A prominent Kuwaiti opposition politician convicted of insulting the emir was granted bail yesterday, his lawyer said, prompting celebrations by supporters packi



Assad forces execute 85

AMMAN: Syrian forces and militiamen loyal to President Bashar Assad killed at least 85 people when they stormed a Damascus suburb after five days of fighting, opposition



Hezbollah leads fight in Qusayr

BEIRUT: Elite fighters from the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah, a staunch ally of the Syrian regime, are leading the fight against opposition fighters in the region of



Iran-IAEA dialogue set for May 21

DUBAI: Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog will have further talks over Tehran’s disputed nuclear program around May 21 in Vienna, Iranian media reported yesterday.

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