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Number of Syria refugees registered in Lebanon surpasses 1mn: UN BEIRUTL: The number of Syrians who have fled the three-year war in their country and registered as refugees in Lebanon has surpassed one million, the UN refugee agency said on Thursday.The UNHCR described the figure as "a devastating milestone worsened by rapidly depleting resources and a host community stretched to breaking point."Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

Qaeda attack on army HQ in south Yemen kills six: security ADEN: Suspected al Qaeda militants launched a rocket and car bomb attack on an army headquarters in Yemen's main southern city of Aden that left six people dead on Wednesday, a security official said.The assailants fired rocket-propelled grenades at the headquarters in the Tawahi district of Aden, before infiltrating the complex, he said. They also blew up a car bomb at the entrance."Three soldiers and an attacker were killed in an exchange of fire," said ...
Gulf states to invest in tourism infrastructure in Morocco RABAT: Arab Gulf states will invest 6 billion dirhams ($737 million) in tourism infrastructure in the port of Casablanca in the first of a series of such projects, a statement from Morocco's royal cabinet said on Tuesday. The states will use their Wessal Capital joint venture, one of the vehicles created by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states to support the Moroccan and Jordanian monarchies during the Arab Spring uprisings. The fund is focused on ...
Iraq electoral commission retracts resignation before vote BAGHDAD: Members of Iraq's electoral commission retracted their resignations on Sunday, having threatened to quit en masse in protest against political interference just one month before a nationwide vote. The entire board of the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) tendered its resignation last week, further complicating the outlook for polls that have already been clouded by violence across the country. In a statement following a visit by the United Nations' envoy to Iraq, IHEC said: ...
Palestinians hope prisoner release delay will be brief RAMALLAH: A senior Palestinian official said a release by Israel of Arab prisoners would not go ahead on Saturday as envisaged but he hoped there would only be short delay."Today the prisoners will not be released maybe in the coming days," Issa Qaraqae, the minister of prisoner affairs, told AFP."There are efforts to solve the crisis and I believe that in 24 hours everything will be clearer."Under the deal that relaunched peace talks last July, ...
Egypt court sentences Mursi supporters to death ALEXANDRIA: An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced two supporters of former President Mohamed Mursi to death for committing murder during violence that broke out in Alexandria last year after the army deposed the Islamist head of state. The two men Mahmoud Ramadan and Abdullah el-Ahmedi were standing trial on charges that included throwing youths from the roof of a building in the Mediterranean city. The judge ruled that their files be referred to the mufti, ...
Top US general to visit Israel amid strategy differences JERUSALEM: The United States' top military officer will visit Israel next week where he will meet the defence minister who has angered Washington by criticising its strategies in the Middle East and Ukraine.General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, will meet Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon in Jerusalem on Sunday, an Israeli government official said on Saturday. Another official said he was expected to stay through Tuesday.In a statement, the Israeli military ...


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