Middle-East



Eight die in spate of attacks against Iraq security forces

SAMARRA, Iraq: A bombing and a shooting killed four soldiers and four police yesterday, security and medical officials said a day after 33 people were killed in attacks



Russia denies reports of warships heading to Syria

MOSCOW: The Russian Defense Ministry denied reports Friday that the country is sending three warships carrying some 360 marines total to the Syrian port of Tartus.



Syrian rebels accused of executions, other abuses

BEIRUT: The unsteady, hand-held video shows several bloodied prisoners, one in boxer shorts, being led into a noisy outdoor crowd and placed against a wall.



Egypt's PM-designate pledges people's government

CAIRO: Egypt's prime minister-designate pledged yesterday that his new 35-member Cabinet would be a "people's government" and called on Egyptians to rally behind it and the nation's newly elected pres



US Congress approves new sanctions on Iran

WASHINGTON: Congress voted Wednesday to slap sanctions on Iran's energy, shipping and financial industries, convinced that increasing the economic pressure on Tehran



‘Main battle for Aleppo about to start'

UNITED NATIONS: The “main battle” for the Syrian city of Aleppo is about to start, a top UN official said Thursday, highlighting the spiralling violence in t



Syria fighters hit air base used to attack Aleppo

ALEPPO: Syrian rebels shelled yesterday an air base being used by regime forces to pound the northern city of Aleppo, as a rights watchdog reported 43 people killed in a



Egypt premier to discuss IMF aid

Egypt’s new Prime Minister Hisham Qandil will hold a meeting with members of his government tomorrow to discuss the next steps on seeking an International Monetary



Iraq attacks kill 17 people

BAGHDAD: Attacks in Iraq killed 17 people on Thursday, including four members of a family who were murdered with knives, security and medical officials said.



Annan quits as Syria peace envoy

UNITED NATIONS: Kofi Annan is quitting as UN-Arab League peace envoy for Syria, UN leader Ban Ki-moon announced Thursday, as the civil war spiralled further out of control.

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