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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...
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Russia offers Egypt air defense systems, copters

MOSCOW: Russia is offering to sell Egypt modern helicopters and air defense systems in a landmark deal reportedly worth $2 billion that would mark a revival of large-scale military cooperation, a Russ



World broadcasters urge UN action on journalists’ deaths

LONDON: Some of the world’s biggest broadcasters on Friday urged the UN Security Council to take greater action over the killing of journalists in conflict zones.



Turkey warns against Syrian Kurd autonomy

ANKARA: Turkey on Friday warned that it would not accept this week’s declaration of provisional self-rule by Kurds in neighboring war-torn Syria.



Syrian air raid kills senior rebel commander

BEIRUT: A Syrian airstrike has killed a senior commander of the Liwa Al-Tawhid rebel brigade in Aleppo and wounded its chief and another leader, a watchdog said Friday.



Fellow rebel beheaded ‘by mistake’ in Syria

BEIRUT: Al-Qaeda-linked militants in Syria have admitted beheading a fellow rebel by mistake after believing him to be an Iraqi fighting alongside regime forces, a watchdog said on Friday.



Iran freezes expansion of nuclear facilities: IAEA

VIENNA: Iran has not expanded its nuclear facilities in the last three months, a UN atomic watchdog report said Thursday, in a possible confidence-building measure by Tehran before talks next week.



Obama aide slams new Israeli settlements plans

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama’s top national security aide on Thursday blamed Israeli settlement expansion announcements for some of the latest tensions between Israel and the Palestinia



Albanians oppose dismantling Syrian weapons

TIRANA, Albania: Thousands of Albanians demonstrated on Thursday against a reported plan for Syrian chemical weapons to be destroyed in their country.



Despite tight security, 41 killed in Iraq

KARBALA: Attacks against Shiites, including a suicide bombing that ripped through a procession, killed 41 people in Iraq Thursday despite massive security deployed.



Trousers ban lifted for female Turk MPs

ANKARA: Turkish Parliament has lifted a ban on women lawmakers wearing trousers in the assembly, shortly after a major government reform allowed them to don Islamic head scarves.

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