Middle-East



Radical cleric rejects ‘Islamic tax’ in Syria

AMMAN: A radical Jordanian preacher deported from Britain who is on trial on terrorism charges says Al-Qaeda fighters in Syria should not impose an Islamic tax on Christians under their control.



Turkey PM challenges rival to return home as new graft tape leaked

ISTANBUL: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday openly challenged his arch-rival, US-based Fethullah Gulen, to return home as their feud deepened with a second leaked recording linki



Grenade hits Gaza church; no casualties

GAZA CITY: A hand grenade exploded in the courtyard of a Roman Catholic church in Gaza City overnight without causing any casualties or damage, a parish official said.



Confusion over hearing of Qaddafi’s son

ZINTAN: There was confusion Thursday over the trial of Seif Al-Islam, son of slain Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi, after a scheduled hearing on charges of threatening national security did not take p



Iraq violence kills 17

BAGHDAD: Attacks, including two bombings in north Baghdad, killed 17 people Thursday, officials said, as Iraq struggles with its worst violence in years.



Syrian Army kills 175 rebel fighters in ambush

BEIRUT: State media in Syria says army troops have killed 175 fighters in an ambush south of the capital, Damascus.



Egypt court sentences 26 to death

CAIRO: An Egyptian court sentenced 26 people to death on Wednesday on charges of forming a “terror group” plotting to target shipping passing through the Suez Canal, judicial sources said.



Jordan MPs vote to expel Israeli envoy

AMMAN: Jordan's Parliament voted unanimously to expel the Israeli ambassador and recall its own envoy on Wednesday, a day after Israeli lawmakers debated a proposal to take over a Jerusalem holy site



Jordan MPs vote to expel Israeli envoy

AMMAN: Jordan's Parliament voted unanimously to expel the Israeli ambassador and recall its own envoy on Wednesday, a day after Israeli lawmakers debated a proposal to take over a Jerusalem holy site



Egypt court sentences 26 to death

CAIRO: An Egyptian court sentenced 26 people to death on Wednesday on charges of forming a “terror group” plotting to target shipping passing through the Suez Canal, judicial sources said.

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