Middle-East



Women’s Day event denied permission in Sudan

KHARTOUM: Sudanese authorities refused permission for an International Women’s Day event in Khartoum, an activist said on Sunday, despite President Omar Bashir’s vow that freedoms should be respected.



Nuns held in Syria have been freed

BEIRUT: About a dozen nuns held in Syria for more than three months have been released and are on their way to Damascus via Lebanon, a Lebanese security source and church officials said on Sunday.



Arabs ‘must unite to defeat terror’

Saudi Arabia’s decision to declare regional militant and insurgent groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood, “terrorist entities” was strongly favored by a cross-section of Saudi



Libya threatens to bomb N. Korean-flagged vessel

BENGHAZI: Libya threatened Saturday to bomb a North Korean-flagged tanker, which is suspected of trying to load an illegal cargo at the Al-Sidra oil terminal, if the vessel does not leave port.



Israel brings Iranian ship to dock

EILAT, Israel: A ship allegedly carrying advanced rockets from Iran to Gaza that was intercepted by the Israeli Navy was escorted into the Red Sea port of Eilat on Saturday.



Egypt approves election law

CAIRO: Egypt’s interim president has issued a much anticipated decree that governs upcoming presidential election, clearing the way for the vote that many expect the country’s military



Iraq attacks kill 9

BAGHDAD: Attacks in Iraq killed nine people on Saturday, including a parliamentary candidate and four children, officers and medical sources said, as the country suffers its worst violence in years.



‘Iran weapons ship’ arrives in Israel: AFP

EILAT, Israel: A ship allegedly carrying advanced rockets from Iran to Gaza that was intercepted by the Israeli navy arrived Saturday in the Red Sea port of Eilat, an AFP photographer said.



Suicide bomber uses Iraq police Humvee in attack

BAGHDAD: Authorities in Iraq say a suicide bomber has used a stolen police Humvee to pass through a military checkpoint and set off his explosives, wounding 14 people.



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.

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