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Militants strike Iraq security forces in Baghdad BAGHDAD: Militants carried out a series of apparently coordinated attacks against Iraqi security forces in and around Baghdad on Tuesday, killing six police and soldiers, security and medical officials said.   In Tarmiyah, north of the capital, militants attacked a police station with two car bombs, rocket-propelled grenades and Kalashnikov assault rifles, killing one policeman and wounding two, an interior ministry official and a medical source said.   Gunmen also attacked a checkpoint in Zayouna in east Baghdad, killing two police and wounding three, the interior ministry official said.   In Al-Amriyah in west Baghdad, gunmen killed army Brigadier General Saleh Hassan Fezaa, while others attacked a checkpoint in Al-Amil in the south of the capital, killing two soldiers and wounding three.   Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...

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Largest expansion of Masjid-e-Nabawi inaugurated ISLAMABAD: Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah arrived in the holy Saudi city of Medina and "laid the foundation stone for the expansion of the Prophet's mosque," one of Islam's three oldest mosques in the world.   According to a private news channel, the 88-year-old monarch had ordered a major expansion of the Prophet's Mosque earlier this year.   The first phase of the project plans to accommodate more than 800,000 worshippers, according to an official Saudi statement in June, adding ...

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Yemen LNG gas pipeline blown up again DUBAI: The gas pipeline feeding Yemen's only liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal was blown up again in the early hours of Tuesday morning, the operating company said in a statement.   Yemen's oil and gas pipelines have been repeatedly sabotaged since anti-government protests created a power vacuum in 2011 that armed groups have exploited, causing fuel shortages and slashing export earnings for the impoverished country.   "Yemen LNG confirms the sabotage of the 38 inch gas pipeline that ...

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Amnesty urges Libya to rein in lawless militias  TRIPOLI: Human rights watchdog Amnesty International on Monday called on Libyan leaders to rein in armed militia accused of abductions and torture, and to establish the rule of law. Amnesty said it made the appeal in a "human rights manifesto for Libya" which it submitted to the newly elected Human Rights Committee of the General National Congress (GNC), or national assembly, urging immediate action. It said it "warned Libya's leaders that unless they rein in armed militias ...

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Brahimi sees no quick end to Syria war  UNITED NATIONS: UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said Monday he sees no immediate prospect for an end to the Syrian civil war. "There is no prospect for today or tomorrow to move forward," Brahimi told reporters after briefing the UN Security Council on his recent talks with Syria's President Bashar al-Assad. Brahimi said he had told Assad and others in Syria that there had to be "change" but acknowledged that for the moment there was a "stalemate" ...

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Libyan army says takes over key Benghazi militias  BENGHAZI: The Libyan military has removed the heads of two of the most powerful militias in the eastern city of Benghazi, replacing them with military officers, the army colonel who negotiated the deal said on Monday. Replacing the heads of the heavily armed February 17 brigade and Rafallah al-Sahati militia would, if successfully implemented, effectively strip two of the most powerful men in eastern Libya of authority they had wielded with official permission but with virtually ...

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Amnesty urges Libya to rein in lawless militias TRIPOLI: Human rights watchdog Amnesty International on Monday called on Libyan leaders to rein in armed militia accused of abductions and torture, and to establish the rule of law. Amnesty said it made the appeal in a "human rights manifesto for Libya" which it submitted to the newly elected Human Rights Committee of the General National Congress (GNC), or national assembly, urging immediate action. It said it "warned Libya's leaders that unless they rein in armed militias ...