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Egyptian protesters set fire to Muslim Brotherhood headquarters

Egyptian protesters on Friday set fire to the Muslim Brotherhood party headquarters in the canal city of Ismailiya, an AFP reporter said. Black smoke could be seen coming out of the windows of the apartment housing the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) offices, as Egyptians staged nationwide rallies against President…

Russia prepares to advance anti-LGBT bill

Russia’s parliament was expected Friday to give initial backing to a bill banning homosexual “propaganda” among minors that could lead to gays being fined for demonstrating or kissing in public. The highly contentious measure is based on a law passed in President Vladimir Putin’s native city of Saint Petersburg last…

N.Korea threatens rival South over UN sanctions

North Korea on Friday threatened “physical counter-measures” against rival South Korea — the latest in a series of bellicose warnings sparked by a tightening of UN sanctions against Pyongyang. “If the South Korean puppet regime of traitors directly participates in the so-called UN ‘sanctions’, strong physical countermeasures would be taken,”…

Henry Kissinger warns of Iran nuclear crisis in ‘very foreseeable future’

Israeli officials said Thursday that military action against Iran needed to stay on the table, as former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger warned of a crisis over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions in the “very foreseeable future”. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Israeli President Shimon Peres and Defence…

Australians warned to leave Benghazi immediately

Australia on Friday joined three European nations in urging its citizens to leave the Libyan city of Benghazi due to a “specific, imminent threat to Westerners” linked to French action in Mali. The advice followed similar warnings from governments in Britain, Germany and the Netherlands, which sparked an angry response…

Egyptians to protest on second anniversary of revolution

Huge crowds were expected to demonstrate in Egypt on Friday for the second anniversary of the revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak and brought in an Islamist government, at a time of political tensions and economic woes. The secular-leaning opposition called for mass street protests against President Mohamed Morsi and the…

UN to investigate legality of U.S drone strikes

A newly-announced UN inquiry into the rise of drone strikes and targeted killings around the world has drawn measured optimism and concerns from national security experts and the international human rights community. Ben Emmerson QC, UN Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights, announced on Thursday that he will head…

More Sufi shrines torched in Tunisia: witnesses

Two Sufi mausoleums were torched in Tunisia on Thursday, police and media reported, in the latest violence the mystical Muslim sect claims is being carried out by ultra-conservative Salafist Muslims. The Sidi Ali Ben Salem mausoleum in the southwestern region of Gabes was totally destroyed by fire, police said. In…

Exiled Iran lawmakers offer nuclear compromise

Exiled former Iranian lawmakers on Thursday proposed a compromise to avert conflict over Tehran’s nuclear program, calling for an end to sensitive uranium enrichment and an easing of US-led sanctions. In a letter sent to US President Barack Obama, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khameini and the European Union, the…

Rapping the revolution: Syrian sets war to music

If his words were bullets, Ahmad El-Khalaf would have already brought down President Bashar al-Assad to end the bloodshed tearing apart his family’s homeland of Syria. But for now, this 23-year-old has to make do with setting the revolution to his own rap music, putting his indignation into stanzas slamming…

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