Middle-East



200 Assad soldiers guarding Damascus airport defect

DAMASCUS: At least 200 members of a Syrian regime force deployed to protect Damascus’ international airport have defected as clashes broke out near the presidential palace in the capital, a m



Referendum result unlikely to end Egypt political crisis

CAIRO: Egyptians voted yesterday in the second and final phase of a referendum on a constitution that has polarized the nation, with little indication that the result of the vote will end the politica



Al-Qaeda suspects in Yemen kidnap three foreigners

SANAA: Gunmen suspected of links to Al-Qaeda kidnapped two Finns and one Austrian in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Friday, security officials said.



Omanis hope first local vote is stepping stone toward change

MUSCAT: Hoping for jobs and democratic change, voters in Oman cast ballots in their first municipal election yesterday, a sign of modest reform in response to protests inspired by the Arab Spring.



Ben Ali treasures under hammer

GAMMARTH: Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali kicked off viewing yesterday for an auction of thousands of luxury items once owned by ousted dictator Zine El Abidine Ali and his family.



FBI question Benghazi consulate attack suspect

TUNIS: The lawyer of a Tunisian man suspected of involvement in the US consulate attack in Libya says his client has been questioned by the FBI.



Yemen court sentences 3 militants to up to 6 years

SANAA: Yemen’s state security court has sentenced three Al-Qaeda militants to up to six years in prison for planning attacks on security forces, foreign diplomatic missions and state institutions.



S.Sudan must punish those who downed UN helicopte: Russia

MOSCOW: Russia called on South Sudan yesterday to punish those responsible for shooting down a UN helicopter, killing its four Russian crew, and take steps to ensure such incidents do not happen again



Putin says democracy solution to Syria crisis

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with European leaders in Brussels to discuss energy, Syria and human rights, but reached no agreements — as officials on both sides had predicted in advan



Iraqi finance minister’s guards arrested for ‘terrorism’

BAGHDAD: Nine of the Iraqi finance minister’s guards are being held on terrorism charges, a judicial spokesman said yesterday, after the minister demanded the premier’s resignation foll

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