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GAZA: Israeli shelling near the southern Gaza town of Rafah killed at least 40 people, the local hospital said, as a ceasefire that went into effect only hours earlier crumbled. Israel accused Hamas...
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Saddam-era agents among 7 executed

BAGHDAD: Iraq executed seven people Thursday, including three men convicted of the 1994 killing in Beirut of the father of a current MP, despite international condemnation over Baghdad's use of the de



General out of race; Shafiq backs Sissi

CAIRO: The former chief of staff of Egypt’s military says he will not run for president, leaving a leftist politician as the only serious candidate to run against the nation’s military chief.



Bahrain and UAE reject Iraq tirade against KSA

The UAE on Wednesday called the Iraqi ambassador to present him a letter of protest for Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki’s statement accusing Saudi Arabia of supporting global terrorism.



No pilgrimage ban on members of Brotherhood

Saudi Arabia announced on Wednesday that it would not stop members of the Muslim Brotherhood — listed among terrorist organizations in the Kingdom — from coming to perform Haj and Umrah



World women MPs’ ratio at record high

NEW YORK: The share of seats held by women in parliaments around the world rose 1.5 percentage points in the past year to a record 21.8 percent, almost doubling since 1995, a study by the Inter-Par



Journalists’ freedom a must for fair media

DUBAI: Media cannot be free without journalists feeling free and safe, said Princess Rym Ali of Jordan at the 9th annual WAN-Ifra Middle East Conference on Wednesday.



Palestinian fighters respond to Israeli aggression with rockets

GAZA CITY: Gaza militants fired a salvo of more than two dozen rockets at southern Israel on Wednesday, prompting a sharp warning from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.



Jordan horror: Teen gives birth after rape by father, brother

AMMAN: Jordanian prosecutors on Wednesday charged a teenage girl’s 40-year-old father and 16-year-old brother with rape after she gave birth to a baby girl, a judicial official said.



Ousted Libya PM Zeidan leaves Malta

ROME: Libya’s fugitive ex-prime minister Ali Zeidan has flown to Germany in defiance of a travel ban after changing planes in Malta, Maltese government sources told AFP Wednesday.



Libyan Parliament sacks PM Zeidan after rebels export oil

TRIPOLI: Libya’s parliament voted Prime Minister Ali Zeidan out of office on Tuesday after a tanker loaded with oil from a rebel-held port escaped the navy, officials said.

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