Christians face ‘disaster’ in Iraq

KIRKUK: Iraq’s dwindling Christian community faces “disaster,” and if no action is taken they will number just a few thousand in a decade, the country’s most senior church leader told AFP.

Egypt discovers first case of potentially deadly MERS virus

CAIRO: Egypt has discovered its first case of the potentially deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in an Egyptian citizen who had recently returned from Saudi Arabia, Egypt’s Ministry of Hea

Turkish president signs law expanding spy powers

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Abdullah Gul approved a controversial law expanding the powers of the spy agency, a move critics say will tighten the graft-tainted government’s control over state institut

10 British women ‘fighting Assad forces’

LONDON: Ten British women, including two teenagers, are thought to have left the UK to fight the regime of President Bashar Assad in Syria.

Iraq rally explosions take 18 lives

BAGHDAD: A series of bombs struck a campaign rally Friday for a militant Shiite group in Iraq’s capital ahead of next week’s parliamentary election, killing at least 18 people and wounding 25, authori

More Jordan unrest after clashes kill one

AMMAN: “Outlaws” threw petrol bombs at government buildings in the restive southern city of Maan Friday, where unrest this week has killed one man and wounded five policemen, a security source said.

No letup in Aleppo blackout

BEIRUT: Syria’s Aleppo has been hit by a power cut for seven consecutive days, a monitoring group said Friday, the day after some 50 civilians were killed in air raids there.

Al-Zayani: GCC acting with unity to defeat challenges

Gulf Cooperation Council countries should be ready to defend themselves in any case of emergency, said GCC Secretary-General Abdullatif Al-Zayani.

Turkey’s top judge criticizes PM Erdogan

ANKARA, Turkey: Turkey’s most senior judge has delivered a sharp rebuke to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for criticizing his court’s decisions, including one that lifted a ban on

Air raid kills 27 at Syria market

BEIRUT: An airstrike on a market on Thursday killed at least 27 people, including three children, in a village of the north Syrian province of Aleppo, a monitoring group said.

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