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US concerned at moves to suspend Bahrain opposition WASHINGTON: The United States has "strong concerns" about a lawsuit filed in Bahrain to suspend the activities of the Gulf kingdom's largest opposition group, a US official said on Tuesday.Bahrain moved to suspend Al-Wefaq for three months for allegedly violating the kingdom's law on associations, the official BNA news agency reported Sunday.Al-Wefaq has led the protest movement that started in February 2011. Political parties are banned in Bahrain, as in other Gulf Arab monarchies, and Al-Wefaq has the status of an association in the country which is a key regional US ally."We are aware of the lawsuit and are closely following the case," a State Department official told AFP.While the courts were still reviewing the case, "we have strong concerns about the decision to pursue this case, and its potential impact on upcoming elections" which are expected later in the year."All sides need to look for ways to build confidence ...

Israel says no need to cancel flights after rocket fire JERUSALEM: Israel said there was no reason to cancel flights after a rocket fired from Gaza crashed just kilometres (miles) from its main airport Tuesday, prompting some airlines to suspend services.The Federal Aviation Authority banned US airlines from flying to or from the Jewish state, which is locked in a bloody conflict with Gaza militants, and major European and Canadian carriers cancelled flights shortly after.Israeli "Transport Minister Yisrael Katz this evening called American companies to ...
Rocket fire on Israel airport prompts flights suspension JERUSALEM: A rocket fired from Gaza hit north of Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport on Tuesday, police said, prompting US and European airlines to suspend flights to and from Israel."A house was damaged in a rocket strike in the Kiryat Ono Yehud region, several kilometres (miles) from the airport," police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP.The US Federal Aviation Authority later banned US airlines from flying to or from the Jewish state, which is in a ...
Israel to finish Gaza tunnels assault before truce: Livni JERUSALEM: Israel will not halt its fire in Gaza until it finishes an operation aimed at destroying tunnels used by Hamas for cross-border attacks, a senior minister said on Tuesday. As world efforts to broker a ceasefire in war-torn Gaza gathered speed, Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni also ruled out any acceptance of the "unacceptable" demands laid out by Hamas as a condition for halting its fire.She said the question of an immediate ceasefire with ...
Militants sell Syrian oil to Iraqi businessmen: NGO BEIRUT: The Militants Islamic State is selling oil and liquid gas products extracted from fields under its control in Syria to Iraqi businessmen across the border, a monitoring group said Monday.IS has captured large swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq, including all of oil-rich Deir Ezzor province's oil fields in eastern Syria."Trucks with Iraqi number plates have in the past few days travelled to Deir Ezzor's oil fields from Iraq, to fill up and ...
Palestinian toll in Gaza rises to 469: medics GAZA CITY: The number of Palestinians killed by Israeli fire in the latest round of Gaza violence rose to 469, medics said, after announcing the deaths of another 31 people early Monday.Emergency services spokesman for the Gaza Strip Ashraf al-Qudra said 72 of the Palestinians had been killed on Sunday in Shejaiya, between Gaza City and the Israeli border, bringing down a previous toll of 73.Qudra said 80 percent of the Shejaiya fatalities were "old ...
Looting in Paris as Europeans protest against Gaza conflict SARCELLES: A French rally against the deadly Israeli offensive in Gaza once again descended into chaos on Sunday as protesters looted shops and riot police lobbed tear gas and rubber bullets into the crowds.The demonstration in the northern Paris suburb of Sarcelles is the third to have deteriorated in the space of eight days in a country that counts the largest Muslim population in western Europe and a huge Jewish community.A decision by authorities to ...


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