BEIRUT: International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said on Thursday that a deal between trapped fighters and civilians in Homs city and the Syrian authorities had broken down, as government forces...
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Kuwait MPs’ panel rejects Gulf security pact

KUWAIT CITY: The Kuwaiti parliamentary committee for foreign relations has rejected a security pact ratified by other Gulf nations, with MPs saying the government-backed treaty is unconstitutional.

Kuwait curbs police power to deport erring expatriates

KUWAIT CITY: Kuwaiti police will no longer be able to deport expatriates without Interior Ministry approval under new rules published Thursday after officers expelled thousands over the past year.

US, Algeria vow to fight terror

ALGIERS: The United States and Algeria pledged Thursday to work together to battle terrorism, as US Secretary of State John Kerry paid his first visit to the north African nation.

10 THINGS: About the Saudi-US ties

1. Moments in Milestones: King Abdul Aziz-President Roosevelt meet (1945); King Abdullah-President Bush (2008); King Abdullah-President Obama (2009 & 2014).

Turkey lifts Twitter ban

ANKARA: Turkey lifted a much-criticized block on Twitter on Thursday, 24 hours after its highest court had overturned the ban as a breach of the right to free speech.

Iran: All five abducted border guards alive

DUBAI: Iran has said five border guards kidnapped by Sunni Muslim militants are in good health, disputing a report that one of them had been killed.

Abbas’ UN moves designed to avoid US retaliation

RAMALLAH: When Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed onto 15 international conventions on Tuesday, he shocked the US sponsors of troubled Middle East peace talks.

Police chief killed in Cairo blasts

CAIRO: Two bombs targeting security posts near Cairo University exploded in quick succession on Wednesday killing a police general, followed by a third blast as police and journalists gathered at the

Lebanon Army expands operation in restive Tripoli

TRIPOLI: Lebanese troops moved into a restive Sunni area in the northern city of Tripoli Wednesday, in the second stage of a plan aimed at quelling deadly Syria-linked violence there, a security sourc

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