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Eight Yemen soldiers killed in 'Qaeda attack': army ADEN: Gunmen in Yemen killed eight soldiers and wounded six on Monday when they attacked a checkpoint in Hadramawt province in the southeast, military sources said, with one blaming al Qaeda."Armed men aboard several vehicles attacked a checkpoint near Reida," 135 kilometres (85 miles) east of Hadramawt provincial capital Mukalla, "killing eight soldiers and wounding six more", one source told AFP.Another said the attack appeared to be the work of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)."The attackers would appear to be in al Qaeda," he said.The attacker detonated the car outside the gate to the security building in Tuban, 15 kilometres north of Aden, killing a guard.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

Hamas rally in Gaza takes aim at Egyptian-Israeli peacemaking GAZA: Tens of thousands of Palestinians rallied in Gaza on Sunday to show support for their Islamist Hamas government, which has long been at loggerheads with Israel but is now shunned by Egypt as well. The military-backed government that toppled the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas's ideological kin, in Cairo last year has blacklisted the Brotherhood and Hamas as terrorist groups and clamped down on people, goods and arms crossing the Sinai-Gaza border. Hamas tried in vain ...
Egyptian judge cuts short mass Islamist trial over ‘disruptive’ lawyers: source CAIRO: A mass trial of members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood began in Egypt on Saturday, but proceedings were abruptly cut short by the judge who said defence lawyers were being disruptive and "discussing politics", a judicial source told Reuters. Judge Saeed Youssef Mohamed would announce his ruling on Monday and requested the lawyers of the 545 defendants to submit their written defence within 24 hours, the source said, declining to be identified. The charges ...
Syria air force raids Lebanon's Arsal: security BAALBEK: Syria's air force has carried out fresh strikes against Lebanon's border town of Arsal, causing no injuries, a Lebanese security official said on Thursday.The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the strikes may have been targeting rebels fleeing the Qalamun area where Syria's forces are on the offensive."Syrian helicopters carried out two strikes against the areas of Wadi Ajram and Khirbet Yunin on the outskirts of Arsal, just after 9:00 pm (1900 GMT)" ...
Israel troops 'kill Palestinian teen' in West Bank HEBRON: Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian teenager in the southern West Bank on Wednesday, a Palestinian security source told AFP. "Yussef Sami Shawamreh, 15, was killed by the Israeli army near the separation barrier, close to Al-Ramadin village," the source said, indicating that the body was still with the army.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Saudi says crisis with Qatar won't be solved unless Doha changes policy: report DUBAI: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said the political crisis with Qatar is unlikely to be solved "as long as Doha does not revise its policy," the Saudi-owned Al-Hayat newspaper cited him as saying on Tuesday.In an unprecedented move within the Gulf Cooperation Council of allied hereditary monarchies, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain recalled their ambassadors from Qatar on March 5, accusing Doha of failing to abide by an accord not ...
Death toll in Syria-fuelled fighting reaches 10 TRIPOLI: The death toll from three days in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli rose to 10 on Saturday, security and medical sources said, in violence stoked by the civil war in neighbouring Syria. One person was killed by a sniper and four more died on Saturday from injuries sustained earlier in the week during clashes between Sunni Muslims and Alawite sect in Lebanon's second city. The fighting broke out on Thursday after gunmen fatally ...


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