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DAMASCUS: Vehicles hit by Jordanian airstrikes on the border on Wednesday did not belong to the Syrian Army, Syrian state media claimed, citing a military source. “No military or armored...
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Libya protesters shut down another oil refinery

TRIPOLI, Libya: Scores of Libyan protesters on Wednesday shut down an oil refinery in the country’s east to demand jobs they claim were promised for 1,000 people, a state-owned oil company of



Mursi doesn’t allow legal team to represent him

CAIRO: Egypt’s imprisoned ousted President Muhammad Mursi is meeting Tuesday with a team of lawyers who seek to defend him in his ongoing trial on charges of inciting murder, his son said.



Pro-Assad cleric killed in Lebanon

TRIPOLI: A Lebanese Sunni cleric close to the Syrian regime of President Bashar Assad was shot dead in the northern Lebanon town of Tripoli on Tuesday, a security source said.



Israel plans 20,000 new settler homes in West Bank

JERUSALEM: Israel plans to build 20,000 new settler homes, the biggest batch of tenders it has ever issued in the occupied West Bank, settlement watchdog Peace Now said on Tuesday.



Tehran blames West for talks breakdown

DUBAI: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hit back at US Secretary of State John Kerry late on Tuesday and blamed divisions between Western powers for the failure of talks over Tehran&r



Egypt farmers fear water supply threat from Ethiopia dam

EZBET RABIE, Egypt: With an economy already in tatters, Egypt’s farmers fear the building of an upstream Nile dam in Ethiopia could lead to water shortages and crop failures with catastrophic effect



Assad 'shopping list' includes military trucks from UN body

THE HAGUE: Western powers will turn down a Syrian request for military transport equipment to ship out chemical weapons material, saying the armored trucks and other gear could be used to fight the



Syria opposition to attend talks with conditions

BEIRUT: Syria’s main opposition grouping said Monday it was willing to attend peace talks on the condition that President Bashar Assad transfer power and be excluded from any transition process.



Iran, Britain name envoys on path to restoring ties

TEHRAN: Iran and Britain on Monday named nonresident charges d’affaires to each other’s capital, in moves aimed at restoring diplomatic ties severed after the British Embassy was ransac



Tunisian sets self ablaze

TUNIS: A 32-year-old man from a poor neighborhood of the Tunisian capital set himself on fire outside a government building on Monday, the emergency services told AFP.

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