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Deposed Egypt president's spokesman faces trial CAIRO: The former spokesman for Egypt's deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi faces trial for allegedly helping an ex-premier try to flee to Sudan, a judicial source said on Saturday.Yasser Ali, who was arrested in Cairo in December, is accused of aiding a "convicted man sought by the judicial authorities", a reference to Islamist former prime minister Hisham Qandil.Qandil was detained, also last December, for trying to leave the country illegally for Sudan.Another 12 people are being sought in connection with the same case. Qandil, premier under Morsi, had a one-year jail sentence overturned on appeal in July.Ali is also being charged with membership of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, proscribed since December as a "terrorist" organisation accused of carrying out attacks on the security forces.The Brotherhood denies such accusations, saying its activities are non-violent. The judicial source said no date has yet been fixed for Ali's trial.Since Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, now president ...

Bombs kill at least 35 across Iraq BAGHDAD: Bombings across Iraq killed at least 35 people in attacks that appeared to be revenge for an assault on a Sunni mosque that has deepened sectarian conflict.A bomb also exploded in the northern city of Arbil on Saturday, a rare attack unsettling the relative stability the capital of the semi-autonomous Kurdish region has enjoyed.Local television footage showed firefighters dousing the charred remains of a car in Arbil. A Reuters journalist earlier saw a cloud ...
Qatar condemns Islamic State, rejects funding accusations LONDON: Qatar condemned on Saturday the Islamic State's "barbaric" murder of US journalist James Foley and flatly rejected accusations of giving financial support to the militant group.Foreign Minister Khaled al-Attiyah's comments came a day after the German government apologised for remarks by a minister accusing Qatar of financing Islamic State militants.Attiyah described the recent comments as ill-informed. "Qatar does not support extremist groups, including ISIS, in any way. We are repelled by their views, their ...
Bomb explodes in Arbil: TV ARBIL: A bomb exploded in the capital of Iraq's Kurdistan region, Arbil, on Saturday, local television network Rudaw reported. TV footage showed firefighters dousing the charred remains of a car.A Reuters journalist earlier saw a cloud of smoke in Arbil, but it was not clear whether it was from a blast.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
UN chief condemns killing of dozens of worshippers in eastern Iraq UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned in "the strongest terms" the attack on a mosque in eastern Iraq, and called on all Iraqi authorities to ensure that the incident is properly investigated and its perpetrators held to account."Attacks on places of worship are completely unacceptable and are prohibited under international law," the secretary-general said in a statement from his spokesperson.According to Iraqi security sources cited in media reports, at least 70 people were ...
Facing new flight, Turkish Kurds in Iraq long for home HAJYAWA: Families who once fled a Turkish crackdown on Kurdish rebels in the 1990s now languish in a mosque in northern Iraq after escaping from brutal militants, longing to return home.They lived as refugees in Makhmur, a town in northern Iraq, until the Islamic State (IS) militant group, which spearheaded a militant offensive that has overrun large areas of Iraq, forced them to leave.Hundreds of thousands of people across northern Iraq have fled violence which ...
Arab meet in Geneva for Palestinian protection ISLAMABAD: A host of Arab officials are scheduled to hold talks on Thursday with Swiss government officials on a Palestinian request to provide international protection for the Palestinian people against Israeli attacks.According to a statement from the pan-Arab body, an Arab delegation would meet with officials from Switzerland, which is the depository for Geneva Conventions, to discuss a request by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to provide international protection for the Palestinians against Israeli "aggression", ...


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