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Deadly clashes kill 11 as Morsi backers rally in Egypt
Deadly clashes kill 11 as Morsi backers rally in Egypt

At least 11 people were killed Friday in clashes across Egypt as police dispersed thousands of protesters demanding the reinstatement of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, the health ministry said.

Deadly clashes kill 11 as Morsi backers rally in Egypt
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Important library in north Lebanon torched

A decades-old library owned by a Greek Orthodox priest in north Lebanon's majority Sunni city of Tripoli was torched late Friday, a day after a sectarian scuffle, a security source said.

Important library in north Lebanon torched
Thai protests push rebel peace talks down agenda
Thai protests push rebel peace talks down agenda

Stuttering peace talks to end Thailand's bloody southern rebellion are under threat from political turmoil in Bangkok, observers say, as the conflict enters its second decade with no end in sight.

Thai protests push rebel peace talks down agenda
Peter Greste. Photo courtesy of citizen.tv
Egypt police arrest Al-Jazeera journalists: ministry

Egyptian secret police have arrested an award-winning Australian journalist and an Egyptian reporter for the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera channel on suspicion of illegally broadcasting news harming "domestic security", the interior ministry said.

Egypt police arrest Al-Jazeera journalists: ministry
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Eight police station 'attackers' shot dead in China's Xinjiang: govt

Eight "attackers" armed with knives and explosives were killed Monday during an assault on a police station in China's Xinjiang, according to authorities who have blamed "terrorists" for a string of deadly incidents in the largely Muslim region.

Eight police station 'attackers' shot dead in China's Xinjiang: govt
Mowaffak al-Rubaie. ©Reuters/Hamad I Mohammed
Man who oversaw Saddam hanging recalls dictator's end

Mowaffak al-Rubaie sits in his office with a statue of Saddam Hussein behind him, the rope used to hang the dictator around its neck, recalling his final minutes.

Man who oversaw Saddam hanging recalls dictator's end
Red Cross recovers dozens of bodies in C. Africa capital
Red Cross recovers dozens of bodies in C. Africa capital

The Red Cross said Thursday it had recovered some 40 bodies on the streets of Bangui as the United States expressed alarm at the latest eruption of fighting in the Central African Republic.

Red Cross recovers dozens of bodies in C. Africa capital
John Kerry. ©Reuters/Jason Reed
Kerry expresses concern over Egypt crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood

US Secretary of State John Kerry expressed concern Thursday over Egypt's intensified crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood after the military-installed government declared it a terrorist group.

Kerry expresses concern over Egypt crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood
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Marks & Spencer in row over Muslim alcohol sales refusal

British retailer Marks & Spencer faced criticism on Monday after it emerged that it allows Muslim staff to refuse to sell customers pork and alcohol.

Marks & Spencer in row over Muslim alcohol sales refusal
Egypt's Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi. ©Reuters/Ben Job
Egypt PM labels Brotherhood 'terrorist' group after bomb kills 14

Egypt's premier on Tuesday declared the Muslim Brotherhood movement a "terrorist" group, after a car bomb ripped through a police building and killed at least 14 people.

Egypt PM labels Brotherhood 'terrorist' group after bomb kills 14
Hollande hopes Poland to join French troops in CAR
Hollande hopes Poland to join French troops in CAR

French President Francois Hollande said he expected Poland to announce Friday that it would provide military backing for France's troops in the Central African Republic.

Hollande hopes Poland to join French troops in CAR
French soldiers patrol on Boy-Rabe, a northern district of Bangui December 17, 2013. ©Reuters/Alain Amontchi
Nearly 1,000 killed by ex-rebels in C. Africa capital: Amnesty

The Central African Republic's mostly Muslim ex-rebels killed nearly 1,000 people in the capital Bangui two weeks ago in a rampage avenging deadly Christian militia attacks, Amnesty International said in a report Thursday.

Nearly 1,000 killed by ex-rebels in C. Africa capital: Amnesty
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Muslim clergy to teach Religious studies at schools?

Member of the Majilis Talgat Yergaliev proposed engaging members of the Muslim clergy in teaching Religious Studies at schools.

Muslim clergy to teach Religious studies at schools?
Assad win may be Syria's best option: ex-CIA chief
Assad win may be Syria's best option: ex-CIA chief

The sectarian bloodbath in Syria is such a threat to regional security that a victory for Bashar al-Assad's regime could the best outcome to hope for, a former CIA chief said Thursday.

Assad win may be Syria's best option: ex-CIA chief
Boko Haram leader claims Dec. 2 attack in new video
Boko Haram leader claims Dec. 2 attack in new video

Boko Haram's leader said in a video obtained by AFP on Thursday that the group was behind a daring raid on military installations in the north Nigerian city of Maiduguri earlier this month.

Boko Haram leader claims Dec. 2 attack in new video
India's top court upholds law criminalising gay sex
India's top court upholds law criminalising gay sex

India's Supreme Court Wednesday upheld a colonial-era law criminalising homosexuality in a landmark judgment that crushes activists' hopes for guarantees on sexual freedom in the world's biggest democracy.

India's top court upholds law criminalising gay sex
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Nairobi mall attackers may have escaped: NYC police

The four attackers responsible for killing at least 67 people at a Kenyan shopping mall may have escaped due to lax security.

Nairobi mall attackers may have escaped: NYC police
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Suleiman the Magnificent reconquers Arab world, Balkans

Can a smash TV soap bring closure for historical wrongs and succour from contemporary turmoil? Check out a Turkish series on the 16th-century Ottoman monarch Suleiman the Magnificent.

Suleiman the Magnificent reconquers Arab world, Balkans
The National Security Agency (NSA) logo.©Reuters/Jason Reed
NSA snooped on Islamists' porn habits: report

The National Security Agency planned to discredit Islamist "radicals" by spying on their online pornography habits, The Huffington Post reported Wednesday, citing a document leaked by ex-intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.

NSA snooped on Islamists' porn habits: report
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UN women's rights resolution passed despite backlash

A UN General Assembly committee has agreed a landmark first resolution on women's rights defenders such as Malala Yousafzai, despite a hard fought campaign by an alliance including the Vatican to weaken the measure.

UN women's rights resolution passed despite backlash