Middle-East



Syria rebels, government confirm poison gas attack

BEIRUT: The Syrian government and rebel forces say poison gas has been used in a central village, injuring scores of people, while blaming each other for the attack.



‘Fiercest’ fighting in Aleppo since mid-2012

Syrian troops battled rebels around a military intelligence base in Aleppo in what a monitoring group said Saturday was the fiercest fighting in the northern metropolis since mid-2012.



Bomb blast near Egypt hospital before minister visits

CAIRO: A crude bomb exploded on Saturday near a newly built hospital just minutes before it was inaugurated by Egypt’s health minister, security officials said, adding that there were no casualties.



Iran adamant on UN envoy choice

TEHRAN/DUBAI: Iran signaled its defiance Saturday over America’s refusal to grant a visa to its chosen UN ambassador, saying it does not plan to pick an alternative envoy.



2 die in Libya jailbreak bid

TRIPOLI, Libya: Libya’s justice minister says that an attempted jailbreak at a prison outside Tripoli left two prisoners dead.



White House: no US visa for Iran pick as UN envoy

WASHINGTON: The US said it would not grant a visa to Iran's newly appointed UN ambassador, who has been linked to the 1979 hostage crisis, threatening to cloud a gradual thaw in relations.



Top Turkey court annuls parts of controversial judiciary law

ANKARA: Turkey’s constitutional court on Friday overturned sections of a controversial judiciary reform adopted in response to a corruption scandal roiling the government, local media said.



Iraq deputy PM escapes bid on life

BAGHDAD: Gunmen attacked Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Saleh Al-Mutlak’s convoy in the Abu Ghraib area west of Baghdad on Friday, killing a guard and wounding at least five, officials said.



Death toll in Syria rebel infighting rises to 68

BEIRUT: The death toll from infighting between rival rebel groups in an eastern Syrian town has risen 68 killed, with some shot after being captured alive, activists said Friday.



Iraqi insurgents use water as weapon after seizing dam

FALLUJA, Iraq: Insurgents in Iraq have added water to their arsenal of weapons after seizing control of a dam in the west of the country that enables them to flood certain areas and prevent security f

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