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Egypt recalls envoy from Israel over deaths

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt said Saturday it would withdraw its ambassador from Israel, insisting the killing of five Egyptian security personnel while Israeli forces pursued gunmen across the border was a breach of its 1979 peace treaty with the Jewish state. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Israel regretted the…

UN fears crimes against humanity in Syria

UN officials have said Syrian security forces may have committed crimes against humanity in their crackdown on protesters, as at least eight more civilians were killed in massive protests against President Bashar al-Assad’s rule. The UN concerns were expressed in a statement late Friday by Francis Deng, special adviser to…

Italy calls for an end to NATO’s bombing campaign in Libya

ROME (AFP) – Italy called for a suspension of hostilities in Libya on Wednesday in the latest sign of dissent within NATO as the civilian death toll mounts and Moamer Kadhafi shows no signs of quitting power. “We have seen the effects of the crisis and therefore also of NATO…

Saudi Arabia, UAE funded jihadi networks in Pakistan: Wikileaks cable

(Reuters) – Islamic charities from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates financed a network in U.S. ally Pakistan that recruited children as young as eight to wage holy war, a local newspaper reported on Sunday, citing Wikileaks. A U.S. diplomatic cable published by WikiLeaks said financial support estimated at…

Iran objects to foreign troops in Bahrain

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran called the deployment of foreign troops in Bahrain unacceptable on Tuesday and warned Saudi Arabia and its ally Washington of “dangerous consequences” for intervening in the island nation’s political crisis. About 1,000 Saudi soldiers entered Bahrain on Monday as part of an effort by the six-nation…

Israel on high alert as Iran warships enter Med

JERUSALEM – Israel put its navy on high alert and said it would respond immediately to any “provocation” as two Iranian warships sailed through the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean on Tuesday. The Iranian vessels entered the southeastern Mediterranean after going up the canal for the first time since the…

Iranian warships transit Suez for Mediterranean

CAIRO (AFP) – Two Iranian naval ships transited the Suez Canal on Tuesday for the first time since the Islamic revolution, bound for the Mediterranean on a purported training mission that Israel calls a provocation. “The two ships entered the canal on Tuesday at around 5:45 am (0335 GMT),” a…

Bahrain protesters shot as heir promises talks

MANAMA (AFP) – Bahraini security forces opened fire Friday on anti-regime protesters in the capital, with reports of up to 55 wounded, after the army vowed “strict measures” to restore order after a deadly police raid. Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa promised to open a national dialogue once calm…

China backs North Korea’s call for ‘unconditional’ talks

North Korea’s ally China Thursday threw its diplomatic weight behind Pyongyang’s call for unconditional talks with the South, while Washington and Seoul remained more circumspect about the offer. Beijing’s words of support came as the US special envoy on North Korea, Stephen Bosworth, pursued a three-nation tour across the region…

Iranian women ‘in slavery’: stoning woman’s lawyer

Iranian women have been forced into slavery, the former lawyer for Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani, the Iranian woman facing death by stoning, said Thursday. “In Iran unfortunately one could say women are in a real situation of slavery,” Mohammad Mostafaie, who fled Iran for Norway last July, told the European Parliament’s human…

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