Middle-East



Lebanese soldiers kill two anti-Assad group members

TRIPOLI, Lebanon: Lebanese soldiers shot dead a Sunni cleric and a second member of an anti-Assad Lebanese political alliance in northern Lebanon on Sunday, security sources said.



US tells G8 Syria’s Assad must go, cites Yemen as model

CAMP DAVID, Maryland: President Barack Obama told G8 leaders meeting at Camp David that Syrian President Bashar Assad must leave power, and pointed to Yemen as a model of how political transition coul



Gulf nationals told not to visit Lebanon

DUBAI: Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates urged their citizens to stay away from Lebanon, citing security concerns in a country where fighting prompted by sectarian tensions in neighboring Sy



Egypt army beat, tortured protesters — rights group

CAIRO: Egyptian soldiers beat and tortured protesters they had arrested at a demonstration near the Defense Ministry this month, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Saturday, citing



Syria bomb kills 9, Damascus blames foreign plot

BEIRUT: A car bomb killed nine people at a Syrian military post in the eastern city of Deir Al-Zor on Saturday, an attack the government said was the latest proof that an uprising against President



Assad forces open fire on protesters

DAMASCUS: Regime forces fired on protesters who took to the streets of Aleppo yesterday, wounding several people at the biggest rally seen in Syria’s second city since a revolt erupted last y



US to boost fund for Israel’s rocket shield

WASHINGTON: The Pentagon will seek to provide Israel with an additional $70 million in the coming months for its short-range rocket shield, known as the “Iron Dome,” US Defense Secretar



S. Sudan callsfor UN curbson Khartoum

JUBA: The United Nations should impose sanctions on Sudan for failing to obey a Security Council resolution calling for an end to hostilities and renewed negotiations with South Sudan over oil and



IAEA chief to visit Iran ahead of N-talks

VIENNA: UN atomic watchdog chief Yukiya Amano and top aides will travel to Tehran tomorrow for talks with Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, a few days before the Islamic state and world powers



Yemen Army gains in fight against Al-qaeda

ADEN: Yemeni troops advanced yesterday toward the city of Jaar, a bastion of Al-Qaeda in the south of the country where five militants were also killed in clashes with tribesmen, local and military

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