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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 against the group, on trial in the province of Southern Minya, include storming a police station, attacking persons and damaging public and private property. Only 123 of the defendants were present, the rest being either released, out on bail or on the run. Most were arrested during clashes which erupted in Minya after the forced dispersal of two Muslim Brotherhood protest camps in Cairo on August 14. Tarek Fouda, head of the lawyer's syndicate in ...

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 ...
Founder Ronald Lauder resigns from broadcaster CME's board PRAGUE: Billionaire Ronald Lauder has resigned as non-executive chairman of the board of Central European Media Enterprises (CME) , the broadcast company he founded two decades ago, CME said on Friday.The company gave no reason for his resignation and a company spokesman was not available to comment."I'm honored to have played a part in the development of independent commercial television in Central and Eastern Europe," Lauder said in a company statement."I could not have accomplished ...
Syrian lawmakers approve new election law DAMASCUS: Syria's parliament on Thursday approved a new election law which for the first time in decades allows multiple candidates to run for president, just months before the war-torn nation heads to the polls.However the new law prevents exiled opposition leaders from running against President Bashar al-Assad, as it stipulates candidates must have lived in Syria for 10 consecutive years.Damascus has not officially announced a presidential election but Assad is expected to seek a new ...


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