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Two expats die of MERS in Jeddah
April 19, 2014 04:52 PM
Two foreigners died of MERS in the Saudi city of Jeddah, the Health Ministry said Saturday, as fears rise over the spreading respiratory virus in the kingdom's commercial hub.
Sisi visits Coptic pope before Easter
April 19, 2014 04:41 PM
Egypt's presidential front-runner has visited the Coptic pope ahead of Orthodox Easter, making his first public appearance since he formally made his bid for the presidency.
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Arak heavy water reactor dispute virtually solved: Iran
April 19, 2014 04:31 PM
Iran's nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi says that a dispute with world powers over the Arak heavy water reactor has been "virtually solved."
Two killed in Bahrain car explosion
April 19, 2014 03:09 PM
An explosion in a car killed two people and wounded a third in Bahrain on Saturday, the Interior Ministry said.
Mercy for Iran woman on death row if she tells 'truth'
April 19, 2014 02:30 PM
TEHRAN, April 19, 2014 (AFP) - An Iranian woman on death row for the murder of an ex-intelligence official could be forgiven if "she tells the truth", the son of her alleged victim said Saturday.
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Zawahri blesses attacks on Egypt security
April 19, 2014 01:56 PM
Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri has given his blessing to attacks of Egyptian jihadists on the police and army but said they should avoid harming civilians.
 
Religion builds bridges in ethnically split Cyprus
By Menelaos Hadjicostis | April 19, 2014 01:52 PM
An unexpected moment during the Good Friday service in a long-abandoned church illustrated how religion is helping to bring together Christian Greek Cypriots and Muslim Turkish Cypriots.
 
Iran general urges Tehran to make new U.N. pick
April 19, 2014 01:33 PM
A senior Iranian military official has urged the Foreign Ministry to name a new envoy to the U.N. after the U.S. blocked Hamid Aboutalebi from entering the country.
 
South Sudan army battles rebels in worsening war
April 19, 2014 01:10 PM
South Sudan's army has "lost communication" with commanders battling rebels in a key oil state where rebels have seized a major town.
 
Bombs kill four in shopping street of Iraqi capital
April 19, 2014 12:45 PM
Iraqi police say two bombs planted on a street full of shoppers in Baghdad have killed four people and wounded eight.
 
Egyptian leftist politician submits bid for presidency
April 19, 2014 12:37 PM
Leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi officially submitted his bid Saturday to run for Egypt's presidency, making him the second candidate for next month's election.
 
French journalists free after Syria hostage ordeal
By Frederic Dumoulin | April 19, 2014 12:05 PM (Last Updated: 19/04/2014 05:00 PM)
Four French journalists taken hostage in Syria last year were freed on Saturday after a 10-month ordeal in the world's most dangerous country for the media.
 
Car bombs kill at least 10 in central Syria
By Albert Aji | April 19, 2014 11:14 AM (Last Updated: 19/04/2014 01:31 PM)
Two rebel car bombs target central Syrian areas controlled by government forces, killing at least ten people as opposition forces fought fiercely to hold onto territory, officials and activists reported.
 
Drone kills 15 'Al-Qaeda,' 3 civilians in Yemen
April 19, 2014 10:25 AM
A drone strike kills 15 Al-Qaeda suspects and three civilians in Yemen's central Baida province, a stronghold of the extremist group.
 
Zawahri calls for unity as jihadist schism deepens
April 19, 2014 09:47 AM
Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri has called for unity in a new interview amid widening divisions with ISIS.
 
Regime tightens noose on rebel-held Homs
April 19, 2014 12:25 AM
Syrian army forces advanced Friday around rebel-held areas of the Old City of Homs as a car bomb hit a regime-controlled part of the city, killing at least 16 people.
 
Bouteflika wins fourth term
April 19, 2014 12:25 AM
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika clinched a fourth term Friday, despite his poor health, winning a landslide victory in an election marred by low turnout and his rival alleging fraud.
 
Egypt police officer killed in new Cairo bomb blast
By Maggie Michael | April 19, 2014 12:12 AM (Last Updated: 19/04/2014 12:22 AM)
An Egyptian police officer was killed on Friday evening when a bomb targeting a traffic police kiosk in Cairo exploded, security officials said, the latest of such attacks.
 
Swaida tries to remain neutral as rockets fall
By Marlin Dick | April 19, 2014 12:04 AM
Mortar bombs and rocket fire have begun to target the Druze-majority city of Swaida in southern Syria, long quiet for most of the uprising, after tension between residents and intelligence bodies boiled over earlier this month.
 
From martyrs to victims: Counting Syria’s dead
By Olivia Alabaster | April 19, 2014 12:04 AM
As the Syrian civil war continues unabated, with the levels of fighting and violence as heavy at any point over the last three years, the death count naturally continues to rise – but who is monitoring this morbid toll, what will they do with the information in the future and who can we believe?


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