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Egypt’s justice ministry rejects foreign comments on Morsi death sentence

Egyptian justice ministry strongly rejects foreign comments concerning the court verdict issued for ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and 105 others Egypt’s justice ministry strongly rejected comments made by foreign governments that criticised the court decision to sentence ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and 105 other defendants to death, a statement released by the ministry read on Tuesday. “The ministry ...

Renewable Energy Taget bipartisan deal finally agreed

A bipartisan deal on a pared-back renewable energy target has been struck after the Abbott government ditched plans for two-yearly reviews. The government on Monday backed down on plans to impose the reviews that had threatened to derail an in-principle agreement to slash the 2020 target from 41,000 gigawatt hours to 33,000GWh. The government-funded Clean Energy Regulator will monitor progress ...

Egypt executes six men convicted of killing soldiers despite ‘grossly unfair’ trial

Egypt has executed six men convicted of carrying out an attack on a checkpoint in the Sinai that killed several soldiers, despite evidence at least three of the accused were already in detention at the time of the assault. Human rights groups called for a retrial for the six men after the death sentence was upheld on March 24, describing ...

Army pounds militant positions on Arsal’s outskirts

The Lebanese Army pounded militant positions on the outskirts of the northeastern town of Arsal Sunday, killing and wounding a number of them, security sources said. A security source said the Army shelled the militants’ positions in Al-Masyada and Dahr al-Jabar on Arsal’s outskirts with artillery and rockets, killing and wounding of a number of militants. The casualties were taken ...

Iraqi troops flee as key city of Ramadi falls to ISIS

ISIS fighters seized control of the Iraqi city of Ramadi Sunday, sending government forces racing out of the city in a major loss despite the support of U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the extremists. Online video showed Humvees, trucks and other equipment purportedly speeding out of Ramadi, with some soldiers gripping onto their sides. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered security forces not ...

Egypt media criticism of Sisi raises questions on allies’ support

Newspapers which once showered Sisi with praise have started complaining about man whose grand ambitions span the eradication of militant Islam, and the turning of Egypt into an economic powerhouse. CAIRO – Unprecedented media criticism of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi suggests he may no longer enjoy unquestioning support from the diverse groups that helped him to stage an army ...

US: Iran fired on Singaporean cargo ship in Persian Gulf

An Iranian naval patrol boat fired on a Singapore-flagged commercial ship in the Persian Gulf on Thursday in an apparent attempt to disable it over a financial dispute over damage to an Iranian oil platform, a U.S. official said. The Iranians initially fired warning shots after the MT Alpine Eternity refused to move into Iranian waters. The incident took place ...

Hezbollah targets rebel pockets around Qalamoun peak

Hezbollah and the Syrian army Thursday swept areas surrounding the Qalamoun region’s highest peak for “remaining pockets” of jihadis, one day after capturing the strategic territory in fierce fighting that left dozens of militants dead. Hezbollah-owned Al-Manar TV said that Hezbollah and the Syrian army were “clearing” areas around Tallit Moussa and the nearby Jabal al-Barouh for rebel fighters. Al-Manar ...

Assad knew about Samaha plot, video indicates

A video broadcast by Lebanese TV channels Thursday showed former minister Michel Samaha and undercover police informant Milad Kfoury discussing plans to carry out explosions, indicating that Syrian President Bashar Assad was aware of the operation. Both MTV and LBCI broadcast videos showing a conversation between Kfoury and Samaha, during which Samaha talks about the quantities of explosives that he ...

Moroccan warplane has crashed on a mission with Saudi Arabia-led forces in Yemen

A Moroccan F-16 warplane has crashed while on a mission with Saudi Arabia-led forces in Yemen, a Saudi military spokesman said on Monday, and Yemen’s dominant Houthi militia said tribesmen shot down the aircraft. The loss of the Moroccan military jet and intensifying volleys of heavy-weapons fire across the border between the Iran-allied Houthis and Saudi forces could endanger a ...

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