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Gunmen kill 11 near Syrian Christian villages

Gunmen kill 11 near Syrian Christian villages Sat, 17 Aug, 2013

Syrian rebels have killed at least 11 people, including civilians, in an attack on a checkpoint west of the city of Homs.
Egypt mosque besieged as Islamists prepare fresh demonstrations

Egypt mosque besieged as Islamists prepare fresh demonstrations Sat, 17 Aug, 2013

Egyptian security forces surrounded a Cairo mosque early Saturday where about 1,000 protesters are trapped inside. 
Egypt's 'day of rage' leaves 95 people killed, hundreds injured

Egypt's 'day of rage' leaves 95 people killed, hundreds injured Fri, 16 Aug, 2013

Scores of people have been killed in Egypt as a "day of rage" called by opponents of the country's military-backed leadership turned to bloodshed with security forces opening fire to foil what they described as a "brutal terrorist plot".
Syrians flooding into Iraqi Kurdistan: UN

Syrians flooding into Iraqi Kurdistan: UN Fri, 16 Aug, 2013

Thousands of Syrian refugees poured into the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq on Thursday, taking advantage of a new bridge along the largely closed border, the United Nations said on Friday.
Saudi man beheaded for torturing his wife to death

Saudi man beheaded for torturing his wife to death Fri, 16 Aug, 2013

Saudi Arabian authorities have beheaded a man convicted of beating and torturing his wife to death, in the first execution since the start of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, state media said.
Dozens reported killed as clashes break out on Islamists' 'Day of Rage' in Egypt

Dozens reported killed as clashes break out on Islamists' 'Day of Rage' in Egypt Fri, 16 Aug, 2013

At least a dozen people have been killed in fresh clashes in Egypt as anti-coup protesters returned to the streets to demand the end of the military-led regime, news agencies are reporting.
Egypt braces for 'Friday of anger' after bloody crackdown

Egypt braces for 'Friday of anger' after bloody crackdown Fri, 16 Aug, 2013

Deeply polarized Egypt braced for renewed confrontation on Friday after the Muslim Brotherhood called for a nationwide march of millions to show anger at a ferocious security crackdown on Islamists in which hundreds were killed.
Strong blast hits Hezbollah stronghold in Beirut's southern suburbs

Strong blast hits Hezbollah stronghold in Beirut's southern suburbs Thu, 15 Aug, 2013

A car bomb explosion has killed at least 20 people in Beirut's southern suburbs, according to the Lebanese Interior Ministry.
Iranian female politician sacked for being 'too sexy'

Iranian female politician sacked for being 'too sexy' Thu, 15 Aug, 2013

Iranian politician Nina Siakhali Moradi epitomized the promise of more civil rights for the country’s women when she won her bid as an alternate to the Qazvin City Council earlier this summer. But now she’s had her election overturned by religious conservatives, who have basically barred her from office for being “too sexy”.  
Obama condemns Egypt over violence, cancels joint military exercise

Obama condemns Egypt over violence, cancels joint military exercise Thu, 15 Aug, 2013

President Obama announced Thursday that the U.S. has canceled an upcoming joint military exercise with Egypt, amid concern over the violent clashes between the military-backed government and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Islamists call Cairo protest march as Egypt death toll mounts

Islamists call Cairo protest march as Egypt death toll mounts Thu, 15 Aug, 2013

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is calling on its supporters to march in Cairo Thursday, a day after a crackdown by security forces led to at least 525 deaths.
Iraq car bombs kill at least 23 across Baghdad

Iraq car bombs kill at least 23 across Baghdad Thu, 15 Aug, 2013

Multiple car bombs have exploded in the Iraqi capital, killing at least 23 people and wounding dozens of others.
World condemns Egypt violence

World condemns Egypt violence Thu, 15 Aug, 2013

World leaders, including the US, EU and the UN, have condemned the bloody security crackdown on anti-military protesters in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, in which more than 275 people have been killed and hundreds injured.
United Nations chemical weapons team to visit Syria

United Nations chemical weapons team to visit Syria Thu, 15 Aug, 2013

U.N. experts will travel to Syria imminently to investigate claims of chemical weapons use during that country's civil war after the United Nations and the Syrian government agreed on details of the trip, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. 
Israel and Palestinians begin direct peace talks

Israel and Palestinians begin direct peace talks Thu, 15 Aug, 2013

An Israeli official says a new round of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians has begun.
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