Blast in Syria’s Qamishli kills four: monitor

Men watch as a military convoy carrying US-made vehicles, bulldozers, and arms headed for Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighting in Raqqa, passes through the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli. (File Photo: AFP)
Updated 19 February 2018
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Blast in Syria’s Qamishli kills four: monitor

BEIRUT: At least four people were killed on Sunday in a car bomb blast in Syria's northeastern Qamishli, a war monitor said, after months of calm in the Kurdish-majority city.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said another three people were also wounded when "an explosion went off inside a car in the city's Al-Gharbi neighbourhood."
Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Britain-based Observatory, could not confirm whether the casualties were civilians or combatants.
Syrian state news agency SANA also reported the blast, but gave the death toll as five people.
Qamishli is mostly under the control of Kurdish authorities, though Syrian government forces have a limited presence in the city's "security quarter".
It has been targeted with car bombs on multiple occasions during Syria's seven-year conflict, many of them claimed by Daesh.
But the city had been quiet for months before Sunday's blast.
In September, a motorcycle bomb killed a child and wounded seven people, in an attack that Kurdish security forces blamed on a pro-government militia.
Syria's uprising broke out in March 2011 with protests against the government.
Regime forces withdrew from the country's Kurdish-majority areas in 2012, paving the way for key Kurdish parties to set up a system of self-rule.
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Egypt court removes judge who got Mubarak’s sons detained

Updated 20 September 2018
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Egypt court removes judge who got Mubarak’s sons detained

CAIRO: An Egyptian court has accepted a defense motion to remove a judge who ordered the detention of former President Hosni Mubarak’s two sons in connection with their ongoing trial on insider trading charges.
The legal basis for Thursday’s verdict wasn’t immediately known. It came less than a week after judge Ahmed Aboul-Fetouh ordered the two younger Mubaraks detained — wealthy businessman Alaa and Mubarak’s one-time heir apparent Gamal — before he adjourned their hearings until Oct. 20.
Also unknown is whether legal proceedings would now begin to secure their release.
Separately, the two and their father were detained in 2011 and later sentenced to three years each for embezzling funds meant for maintenance of presidential palaces.
The sons were released in 2015 for time served. Mubarak was freed last year.