Middle-East



Clinton backs Egypt army return to security role

CAIRO: The United States supports the full establishment of democratic rule in Egypt and the return of its military to an exclusively national security role, US Secretar



Turkish police and Kurds clash, bomb wounds 12

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey: Police fired water cannon and teargas as they clashed with stone-throwing Kurdish protesters in south-east Turkey on Saturday, while militants elsewh



Israel still holds 5 foreign women activists: police

JERUSALEM: Israel was still holding five foreign women activists on Saturday who were arrested in the West Bank after a demonstration a day earlier, a police spokeswoman



Iran issues new oil blockade warning

DUBAI: Iran could prevent even “a single drop of oil” passing through the Strait of Hormuz if its security is threatened, a naval chief said on Saturday, as



Assad troops burn houses in Syria town as calls for UN action grow

DAMASCUS: Syrian troops and pro-regime militias stormed and torched a southern town on Saturday, reports said, as UN chief Ban Ki-moon warned divisions were giving Damascus a license to kill.



Syrian activists report new massacre

AMMAN/BEIRUT: About 220 Syrians, mostly civilians, were killed in a village in the rebellious Hama region when it was bombarded by helicopter gunships and tanks then sto



Jordan demonstrators insist on vote boycott

AMMAN: Around 1,500 Jordanians, mostly Islamists, marched yesterday to reject a controversial electoral law, a day after the Muslim Brotherhood decided to boycott early



Egypt, Tunisia presidents back Syrians, Palestinians

CAIRO: The post-uprising presidents of Egypt and Tunisia said at a news conference yesterday they backed the revolt in Syria but they also opposed foreign military inter



UN invites Yemen factions to national dialogue

SANAA: The UN envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar, said yesterday that southern separatists and northern Shiite rebels have been invited to participate in a national dialogue



Two US tourists kidnapped in Sinai

CAIRO: Bedouin men kidnapped two US tourists and their guide in Egypt’s lawless Sinai yesterday, police said, adding that they were demanding the release of a jail

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