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GAZA/JERUSALEM: Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip have agreed to a UN-requested 12-hour humanitarian truce to begin on Saturday morning, and efforts to secure a long-term cease...
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Rowhani tells generals to cut hostile rhetoric

DUBAI: President Hassan Rowhani urged Iran’s military leaders on Saturday to let diplomacy prevail in dealing with potential foreign threats, in a clear reference to efforts to end the nuclear dispute



Mentally ill Gaza woman killed by Israeli soldiers

GAZA CITY: A mentally ill Gazan woman was shot dead by Israeli troops near the border early on Saturday, the Palestinian territory’s Hamas-run Health Ministry said.



Mursi’s youngest son held for drugs

CAIRO: The youngest son of Egypt’s ousted President Muhammad Mursi was detained by police Saturday on suspicion of drug possession, the country’s official news agency reported.



Egypt gunmen kill guard of Mursi judge

CAIRO: Gunmen Friday killed an Egyptian policeman who was on a security team guarding the home of a judge in the jailbreak trial of ousted president Muhammad Mursi, security officials said.



Five Palestinians hurt as Israelis fire on protesters

BIRZEIT, Palestinian Territories: Israeli soldiers shot and wounded five Palestinians in clashes in the West Bank on Friday, medics said, after the funeral of a man killed during an army raid.



ISIL fighters retreat from northern Syria

BEIRUT: The militant Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has begun withdrawing from parts of northern Syria ahead of a deadline set by a rival group, a monitor said Thursday.



Turkey opposition challenges law tightening control on judiciary

ANKARA: Turkey’s main opposition party asked the top court on Friday to overturn a law tightening government control of the judiciary, which it sees as a bid by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan to snuff



24 perish in Yemen fighting

SANAA: At least 24 people were killed on Friday as Yemeni troops and allied Islamists engaged in heavy fighting with Shiite rebels in the north, tribal sources said.



Death penalty sought for Lebanese cleric

BEIRUT: Lebanon will seek the death penalty for a radical Sunni cleric who has been at large since deadly clashes between his followers and the army last year, a judicial source said Friday.



New judges demanded; Mursi spy case on hold

CAIRO: A court in Egypt on Thursday suspended the espionage trial of deposed President Muhammad Mursi after defense lawyers requested that the judges in the case withdraw.

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