Middle-East



Egypt: El-Sissi wins election by landslide

CAIRO: With nearly all ballots counted, Egypt’s former military chief has won a crushing victory over his sole opponent in the country’s presidential election, his campaign said Thursday.



Air raids on Syria’s Aleppo kill over 40 in 24 hours: NGO

BEIRUT, Lebanon: The death toll from Syrian air raids on rebel-held areas in the northern city of Aleppo has topped 40 over a 24-hour period, a monitoring group said Wednesday.



Israel troops crack down on Hamas newspapers

RAMALLAH: Israeli soldiers raided the offices of a Palestinian newspaper in the West Bank city of Ramallah Wednesday, ordering them to stop printing publications by Hamas, managers said.



Hezbollah commander wanted by FBI killed

BEIRUT: Security officials in Lebanon say a Hezbollah military commander wanted by the FBI has been killed in Syria while fighting alongside President Bashar Assad’s forces.



Air force loyal to Gen. Hiftar strikes militias in Benghazi

BENGHAZI: Libyan warplanes bombed militia bases in Benghazi on Wednesday as part of a rogue former general’s campaign to purge the chaotic North African state of radicals, witnesses and officials said



4 Tunisia cops slain at house of minister

TUNIS, Tunisia: Gunmen attacked the home of Tunisia’s top security official while his family was inside, killing four of the policeman standing guard, the Interior Ministry said Wednesday.



Turnout low in Egypt

CAIRO: The Egyptian government launched a determined effort to get out the vote on Tuesday after lower than expected turnout in a presidential election threatened to undermine the credibility of the f



New Libya PM’s house attacked

TRIPOLI: Armed men attacked the home of Libya’s new prime minister on Tuesday, two days after he won a parliamentary vote of confidence but with opposition to his proposed government rising.



Sudanese handed death for apostasy gives birth in jail

KHARTOUM: A Christian Sudanese woman, sentenced to hang for apostasy in a case that has sparked international outcry, has given birth in jail, her husband said Tuesday.



Palestinians beat Israel with ‘pope at wall’ image

JERUSALEM: In what some call a complex game of “papal propaganda poker,” Pope Francis’ prayer at Israel’s West Bank separation barrier handed a decisive victory to the Palestinians, commentators said.

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