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Arab states to mark end of Ramadan from Monday JEDDAH: The Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan will begin on Monday in Saudi Arabia and neighbouring states.The religious authorities in the desert kingdom announced on Sunday they had received reports of sightings of the new moon, marking the end of Ramadan."Eid al-Fitr will therefore be celebrated from Monday," an official statement said.Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Syria, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen have all also said the festival will begin in their countries on Monday.During Ramadan, observant Muslims do not drink, eat or have sexual relations between dawn and nightfall.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

Clashes at banned pro-Palestinian Paris protest, 70 arrested PARIS: French police arrested 70 people at a banned pro-Palestinian protest in central Paris on Saturday that degenerated into clashes between demonstrators and armour-clad riot squads.The rally had drawn 4,000 people to the capital's Place de la Republique, the interior ministry said, while organisers put the turnout at 10,000.Police who stepped in to disperse the rally responded with tear gas when they were targeted with rocks and other projectiles. About 12 police were slightly injured.Interior ...
Top politician held in Baghdad BAGHDAD: Armed men in military uniform raided the home of a senior Baghdad politician overnight and whisked him and several of his guards away, police said on Saturday."Armed men came last night and detained the head of Baghdad provincial council Riyadh al-Adhadh and four of his guards from his house in Adhamiyah," a police colonel told AFP.An official in the council said "Adhadh and several of his guards were abducted from his house very late ...
More than 140 bodies pulled from Gaza rubble in truce: medics GAZA CITY: The bodies of at least 147 Palestinians were recovered from the rubble across the Gaza Strip during a 12-hour humanitarian truce on Saturday, medics said.Emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said the bodies had been brought to hospitals in north, central and southern Gaza, as well as Gaza City.The grim discoveries raised the toll in Gaza on the 19th day of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas group to more than 1,000, ...
Two Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza fighting: army  JERUSALEM: Two Israeli soldiers were killed in Gaza fighting on Friday, taking the total number of military deaths since the start of ground operations there to 37."Yesterday evening two Israel Defence Forces soldiers were killed in combat in the Gaza Strip," an army statement said.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Hezbollah chief makes rare public appearance for Gaza BEIRUT: Lebanese Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah made a rare public appearance on Friday to express solidarity with Gaza on the annual Iran-led Jerusalem Day commemoration, an AFP correspondent reported.It was only the fifth public appearance by the head of the militant group, who has topped Israel's wanted list since even before their deadly conflict in 2006.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Militants kill at least 50 Syria troops in ambush: monitor BEIRUT: Militants from the Islamic State group killed at least 50 Syrian soldiers in an ambush on Friday, summarily executing most of them after their capture, a monitoring group said.The assault in Raqa province, the militants Euphrates valley stronghold, came amid their fiercest assault yet on Damascus-held territory.The deaths added to 74 already killed in the offensive across the north and northeast, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said."At least 50 soldiers were ambushed, some ...


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