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BAGHDAD: Bombings in Baghdad and the northern city of Kirkuk killed at least 30 people in Iraq on Saturday as the government investigated a deadly attack on a Sunni mosque the day before that has...
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Kuwait says ‘coup plot’ video tampered with

KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait’s prime minister told MPs Tuesday that a videotape allegedly showing former senior officials plotting a coup was “tampered with,” Parliament speaker Marzouk Al-Ghanem said after a



Brotherhood members banned from elections

CAIRO: An Egyptian court on Tuesday banned members of ousted President Muhammad Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood from running in upcoming elections, a lawyer and state media said.



Israeli tear gas kills woman in Palestine

BETHLEHEM: A Palestinian woman died after inhaling tear gas used by Israeli troops near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, a medical official said Tuesday, but the military denied any involvement.



Jordanian freed after throwing shoes at PM

AMMAN: A Jordanian man who threw his shoes at Prime Minister Abdullah Nsur and five Cabinet ministers in the northern city of Jerash, was freed Tuesday, his family said.



Abu Ghraib shut over security fears

BAGHDAD: Iraq has closed Abu Ghraib prison, made infamous by Saddam Hussein’s regime and US forces, due to security concerns following a mass breakout last year, the justice ministry said Tue



Bomb blast wounds 3 in central Cairo

CAIRO: A homemade bomb exploded near a traffic police post on a bridge over the Nile River in central Cairo early Tuesday, wounding two policemen and a civilian, security officials said.



Austrian girls leave home to ‘fight for Islam’

VIENNA: Austrian police say they are conducting an international search for two teenage girls who left farewell letters announcing plans to “fight for Islam” in Syria.



Torture ‘routinely’ used in Syria

GENEVA: The UN’s human rights chief on Monday condemned the “routine” use of torture in Syrian detention facilities, as a new report said victims were raped, beaten and had their



Egypt to up power rates

WASHINGTON: Egypt plans to boost electricity prices for the richest 20 percent of its citizens before the presidential elections at the end of May, as the country has “no time to waste” in starting re



Libya trial of Qaddafi son, aides adjourned

TRIPOLI: A Libyan court adjourned Monday until April 27 the trial of top figures from Muammar Qaddafi’s regime, including heir apparent Seif Al-Islam, for abuses committed during the 2011 upr

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