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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.
ElBaradei quits as Egypt vice president in protest at crackdown

ElBaradei quits as Egypt vice president in protest at crackdown Wed, 14 Aug, 2013

Egyptian interim Vice President Mohamed Elbaradei resigned from his post following heavy political violence in Egypt. Elbaradei announced his resignation in a letter to the Interim President Adly Mansour.
Egypt declares month-long state of emergency

Egypt declares month-long state of emergency Wed, 14 Aug, 2013

Egypt's interim president has declared a monthlong state of emergency to combat worsening violence after riot police moved to clear two sprawling encampments of supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.
Opposition plans mass protests in Bahrain

Opposition plans mass protests in Bahrain Wed, 14 Aug, 2013

Anti-government activists in Bahrain are calling for protests Wednesday to push for greater democracy, despite a new ban on large demonstrations in the country.

Egypt troops in deadly crackdown on protesters Wed, 14 Aug, 2013

At least 41 people killed as security forces launch operation to remove supporters of former president from streets.
Israel releases 26 Palestinian prisoners before peace talks

Israel releases 26 Palestinian prisoners before peace talks Tue, 13 Aug, 2013

Israel began an operation to free 26 Palestinian prisoners on Tuesday hours before the two sides were to hold new direct peace talks amid a growing row over settlements.
Clashes erupt in Cairo as Morsi supporters march

Clashes erupt in Cairo as Morsi supporters march Tue, 13 Aug, 2013

Egyptian police fired tear gas to break up clashes between supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and residents of a central Cairo neighbourhood, security sources said.
Israel approves another 942 settlement homes

Israel approves another 942 settlement homes Tue, 13 Aug, 2013

Israel approves additional 942 settler homes in east Jerusalem. "The Jerusalem municipality has approved a construction plan for 942 homes in Gilo," an existing illegal settlement in East Jerusalem, municipal councillor Yosef Pepe Alalu said.
Israel intercepts rocket fired from Egypt's Sinai

Israel intercepts rocket fired from Egypt's Sinai Tue, 13 Aug, 2013

The Israeli military shot down a rocket launched toward a Red Sea resort town near the border with Egypt, the army said.
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