Middle-East



Homs blast kills 14 at mosque

BEIRUT: A bomb went off in front of a mosque and killed 14 people in Homs, Syrian state television said on Friday, with forces loyal to President Bashar Assad looking close to wresting the symbolic ce



Tunisian president slashes salary by two-thirds

TUNIS: Tunisia’s President Moncef Marzouki announced on Friday his decision to voluntarily take a two-thirds pay cut as the government grapples with a financial situation it has described as “critical



Diplomat’s abductors want Tunisia to free jailed Libyans

TUNIS: Tunisia said Friday that the kidnappers of a Tunisian diplomat in Tripoli and an embassy colleague are demanding the release of Libyans jailed in Tunisia on terrorism charges.



Malaysians protest against Obama visit

KUALA LUMPUR: About 100 Malaysian activists protested Friday outside the US Embassy against the coming visit by President Barack Obama, denouncing him as an enemy of Islam.



Iran bears no hostility to the world: Rowhani

TEHRAN: Iran has no intention of committing acts of aggression but retains the right to defend itself militarily, President Hassan Rowhani said Friday.



Egypt stops bid to smuggle artifacts

CAIRO: Authorities in Egypt say they have seized a cache of Jewish religious artifacts that smugglers wanted to ship to Belgium at one of the country’s main ports.



Obama signs bill aimed at blocking Iran’s UN envoy

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama has signed legislation aimed at blocking Iran’s chosen ambassador to the UN but says he’s only treating it as guidance.



Syria army advances in Homs as car bomb kills 14

DAMASCUS: Syrian army forces advanced Friday around rebel-held areas of the Old City of Homs, as a car bomb hit a regime-controlled part of the city, killing 14 people.



British teenager killed in Syria conflict

LONDON: A British teenager whose uncle was detained in the Guantanamo Bay camp has been killed in the Syrian conflict, his family said



MERS alert: Spate of Mideast virus infections raises concerns

DUBAI: A recent spate of infections from a frequently deadly Middle East virus is raising new worries about efforts to contain the illness, with infectious disease experts urging greater vigilance in

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