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TRIPOLI/TUNIS: A Tunisian diplomat kidnapped in Libya pleaded with his government to negotiate with his captors, according to a video released by a rebel group on Sunday evening. Libyan rebels have...
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Libya unveils plan to remove militias from Tripoli

TRIPOLI: Libya’s government announced Tuesday plans to remove militias from the capital and eventually integrate them into the security forces, after a weekend of deadly clashes between militiamen a



Yemen drone strike kills three Al-Qaeda suspects

ADEN: A drone strike in Yemen’s southeastern Hadramawt province killed three Al-Qaeda suspects on Tuesday, local authority officials said.



Suicide blasts near Iran Embassy in Beirut kill 23

BEIRUT: Two suicide bombers detonated explosions outside the Iranian Embassy in a mainly Shiite district of the Lebanese capital on Tuesday, killing 23 people, including the Iranian cultural attach



Hollande: Settlements must stop

RAMALLAH: French President Francois Hollande called on Israel on Monday to halt settlement building on occupied territory, saying it hampers chances for a peace agreement with the Palestinians.



Key Syrian rebel leader dies of shrapnel wounds

BEIRUT: The leader of one of Syria’s most prominent rebel units died early Monday of shrapnel wounds sustained during shelling by government troops last week, his group said.



Iraq executes 12 ‘terror’ convicts

BAGHDAD: Iraqi authorities announced the execution of a dozen “terrorism” convicts on Monday, defying widespread international condemnation of Baghdad’s use of the death penalty a



Egypt train crash kills 26

CAIRO: Egyptian officials say the death toll from a train crash south of Cairo has risen to 26, after two of the injured died in hospital.



Hollande assures Israel Paris will be tough on Iran

JERUSALEM: French President Francois Hollande assured Israel on Sunday that France would continue to oppose an easing of economic sanctions against Iran until it was convinced Tehran had ended a pu



Libyan deputy spy chief abducted

TRIPOLI: Libya’s deputy intelligence chief was kidnapped outside Tripoli airport on Sunday, two security sources said, days after clashes between rival militias and protesters in the capital



Fleeing raging war, thousands of Syria refugees flood into Lebanon

BEIRUT: Thousands of refugees are fleeing border towns in central Syria where a high-stakes battle is raging, crossing desolate hills to reach safety in neighboring Lebanon, witnesses and the UN sa

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