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Bahrain blast kills three policemen: Interior Ministry MANAMA: An explosion killed three policemen in Bahrain during a protest in a village near the capital Manama on Monday, the Interior Ministry said, in one of the worst incidents of violence in recent months. The ministry said on its Twitter account that a group of protesters had broken away from a mourning procession in the village of Daih and started blocking roads. The explosion took place as police were trying to disperse the rioters, it added. There was no immediate word on what had caused the blast. The Sunni Muslim-led island kingdom, home to the US Fifth Fleet, has suffered low-level civil unrest since mass protests in 2011 led by majority Shi'ites demanding political reforms.Negotiations between the government and opposition aimed at ending the turbulence have stalled. The explosion occurred as hundreds of Bahrainis marched in a procession to mark the final day of mourning for a 23-year-old Shi'ite ...

Clashes shatter truce in Syria's Yarmuk: monitor BEIRUT: Firefights and shelling rocked the Palestinian camp of Yarmuk in southern Damascus on Sunday, breaking a truce that had held since mid-February, said a group that monitors the Syrian conflict."There was shelling of Yarmuk and fighting between (the Al-Qaeda-linked) Al-Nusra Front and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said."The truce has been broken," its director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP. Each side blamed the other ...
10mn children in Mideast to get polio vaccine: UN AMMAN: Millions of children in the Middle East will be vaccinated against polio this month after the crippling disease resurfaced in conflict-hit Syria, the United Nations said on Sunday.Mass vaccinations have already been launched in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Syria, while a similar campaign in Lebanon will start on March 9, the UN Children's Fund Unicef said in a statement."Polio does not respect borders," said Ala Alwan, World Health Organisation regional director for the eastern ...
North Yemen clashes between army, rebels 'kill 24' SANAA: At least 24 people were killed on Friday as Yemeni troops and allied engaged in heavy fighting with rebels in the north, tribal sources said.The fighting, in which soldiers aided by fighters from the Al-Islah party were pitted against Zaidi rebels, was for control of local government offices in Hizm, capital of Jawf province."The army and Al-Islah lost eight men, while the rebels lost twice that number, and there have been dozens of wounded ...
Police disperse protesters at Jerusalem Al-Aqsa mosque JERUSALEM: Israeli police early Tuesday entered the sensitive Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City to disperse stone-throwing Palestinian protesters, a police spokesman said.Police used "means of dispersion" against the protesters, Micky Rosenfeld told AFP, adding that there was "high tension" ahead of discussions in the Israeli parliament later Tuesday of a plan to annex the site considered holy by Muslims, Christians and Jews.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
American-Israeli prisoner killed in jail battle JERUSALEM: Israeli police shot dead an American-Israeli prisoner on Sunday after he wounded three guards with a pistol at a jail near Tel Aviv, police said. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Samuel Sheinbein, serving a 24-year sentence for a 1997 Maryland murder, had shot the three security oficers, leaving one critically injured. Israeli security forces "returned fire and shot and killed the suspect", Rosenfeld said. Israeli media said Sheinbein, in his early 30s, had barricaded ...
Iraq violence kills 14 BAGHDAD: Bombings and shootings in Iraq, including two blasts in the capital, killed at least 14 people Sunday, officials said, as the country struggles to curb a year-long surge in violence.The deadliest attack was a bomb that exploded on a highway between Baghdad and the northern city of Mosul, killing three police and four detainees who had been captured during a raid.In north Baghdad, a roadside bomb exploded near bicycle shops in the Sadr City ...

 



 
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