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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. Egypt’s...
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Assad 'shopping list' includes military trucks from UN body

THE HAGUE: Western powers will turn down a Syrian request for military transport equipment to ship out chemical weapons material, saying the armored trucks and other gear could be used to fight the



Syria opposition to attend talks with conditions

BEIRUT: Syria’s main opposition grouping said Monday it was willing to attend peace talks on the condition that President Bashar Assad transfer power and be excluded from any transition process.



Iran, Britain name envoys on path to restoring ties

TEHRAN: Iran and Britain on Monday named nonresident charges d’affaires to each other’s capital, in moves aimed at restoring diplomatic ties severed after the British Embassy was ransac



Tunisian sets self ablaze

TUNIS: A 32-year-old man from a poor neighborhood of the Tunisian capital set himself on fire outside a government building on Monday, the emergency services told AFP.



Mortar kills 5 kids at Damascus school

DAMASCUS: Five children were killed and 27 people wounded when mortar rounds hit a school in the Syrian capital Damascus on Monday, state television reported.



Iran rejects threats, cites red lines in nuclear talks

DUBAI/GENEVA: President Hassan Rowhani, architect of Iran’s diplomatic opening to world powers, said on Sunday it had “red lines” and would not bow to threats in an apparent bid to keep hard-lin



Oman slams culture of energy subsidies

ABU DHABI: Subsidized petrol and electricity programs are causing a huge waste of energy across the Gulf and threatening economies, Oman’s oil and gas minister said on Sunday, in a rare offic



UN to Qatar: Improve condition of laborers

DOHA: A top UN official on Sunday urged Qatar to improve conditions for foreign laborers, as the Gulf emirate builds a massive infrastructure for the 2022 football World Cup.



Bahrain jails 4 for car bomb outside mosque

MANAMA: A Bahraini court sentenced two men to life in prison and two others to 15 years for a car bomb attack outside a mosque in July, state news agency BNA said on Sunday.



Kidnapped Syrian MP executed by jihadists: NGO

BEIRUT: A Syrian lawmaker kidnapped by opposition jihadist fighters earlier this year was executed last week, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday.

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