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Egypt names Mubarak-era figures to head media watchdogs

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president has picked three former leaders at state news organizations during the era of deposed autocrat Hosni Mubarak to lead new media watchdog agencies, part of measures to tighten his control over the country following a pair of horrific Islamic State church bombings last weekend.
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Israel sets closure on Palestinian areas ahead of Passover

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel closed off access to the Palestinian territories Monday as a security measure for the weeklong Passover holiday....
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Syrian monitor says at least four soldiers killed at airbase

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least four Syrian soldiers including a senior officer were killed in a U.S. missile attack that had almost completely destroyed a Syrian airbase near Homs city....
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Syria 'Did Not, Will Not' Use Chemical Weapons: FM

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Syria's armed forces "did not and will not" use chemical weapons, even against extremist groups, Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said Thursday. ...
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Hamas hangs three Gaza 'collaborators' with Israel

Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - Gaza's Hamas rulers on Thursday hanged three men they convicted of collaborating with Israel, fulfilling vows of revenge for the mysterious killing of one of their commanders last month....
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Bahraini Regime Sentences 85 Dissidents to Total of 527 Years in Prison

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Al Khalifa regime, in yet another attempt to silence voices of dissent, sentenced 85 citizens of the Persian Gulf country to jail terms amounting to 527 years in total, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights said. ...
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Syrian opposition 'fed up with terrorists', seeks help against Assad

GENEVA (Reuters) - The Syrian opposition rejects terrorism and is "fed up" with banned militants but they cannot be stopped if Syria continues evicting populations of besieged areas, opposition negotiator Basma Kodmani said on Sunday....
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The Arab [Persian] Gulf states plan to 'win' the war in Yemen

– we should be wary about what their victory would look like...
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Yemen Facing Aggression for Its Anti-Israeli Stance: Houthi Leader

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The secretary general of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement said a Saudi-led coalition’s aggression against Yemen that has been ongoing for two years was launched due to the Arabian Peninsula country’s opposition to Israeli plots. ...
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Air strike kills 16 civilians near Damascus

Beirut (AFP) - At least 16 civilians were killed and dozens wounded on Saturday in an air strike on a rebel-held area outside Syria's capital Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said....
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