Middle-East



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.



Egypt stops bid to smuggle artifacts

CAIRO: Authorities in Egypt say they have seized a cache of Jewish religious artifacts that smugglers wanted to ship to Belgium at one of the country’s main ports.



Obama signs bill aimed at blocking Iran’s UN envoy

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama has signed legislation aimed at blocking Iran’s chosen ambassador to the UN but says he’s only treating it as guidance.

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