Middle-East



Iran computer game targets opposition

TEHRAN: A new computer game is available online in Iran that allows players to shoot opposition figures involved in the disputed 2009 presidential election, media reported Wednesday.



Netanyahu orders cutback in Palestinian Authority contacts

JERUSALEM: Israel announced on Wednesday a partial freeze in high-level contacts with the Palestinians in retaliation for their signing of international conventions, deepening a crisis that threate



Only woman in Algeria race ‘won’t hold back’

KOLEA, Algeria: A string of white pearls around her neck, her hair tied in a bun, Louisa Hanoune, the only woman running for Algeria’s presidency, holds out her palms and declares: “I h



Triumphant Erdogan renews pledge to crackdown on rivals

ANKARA: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, emerging triumphant from last week’s local polls, renewed his pledge of war against rivals he blames for illegal wiretaps and graft claims targetin



Interim Libya leader to form new Cabinet: MP

TRIPOLI: Libya’s Parliament on Tuesday charged the interim prime minister with forming a new Cabinet after the weak central government had earlier requested wider powers.



5 soldiers among 8 slain in Sanaa

ADEN: Suspected militants killed five soldiers guarding a checkpoint in southeastern Yemen on Tuesday, local officials said, and a leader of a Shiite party was wounded in a drive-by shooting in the ca



Booby-trapped book killed envoy?

PRAGUE: The Palestinian ambassador to Prague who died in a blast in January was most likely killed by a decades-old charge of Semtex plastic explosive concealed in a book, a newspaper reported on Tues



Israel FM: Palestinian prisoner release is off

JERUSALEM: Israel’s foreign minister on Tuesday warned the Palestinians that a planned prisoner release will not happen as long as they pursue what he called a “provocative” bid t



Libyan militia agrees to give up 4 oil plants

TRIPOLI: A key Libyan militia in the east has agreed to hand back control of four oil terminals it captured and shut down last summer in its demand for a share in oil revenues, the official Libyan new



Tougher sentences sought for 2 rapist Tunisian cops

TUNIS: Tunisia’s public prosecutor appealed a seven-year jail term on Monday for two policemen jailed for rape, and demanded a retrial with a view to seeking tougher sentences.

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