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Fans have been banned from Lebanese Basketball games after a series of brawls

Fans have been banned from attending Lebanese Basketball League games, the country’s sports minister said Monday after a series of brawls erupted Sunday between rival teams and their supporters. But the final decision over the matter is expected to be issued later Monday after the league is set to meet. “I have decided, after consultations with Prime Minister Tammam Salam and Interior ...

ISIS has released 19 Assyrian hostages without clear reason

ISIS has released 19 of its Assyrian hostages, according to the human rights group A Demand for Action. The 17 men and two women are from Tal Goran, Syria; it is unclear why they were released on Sunday. Last week, ISIS took hundreds of Assyrian villagers hostage in the Tell Tamer region of Syria. Although the exact number of captives is unknown, ...

Federal Cabinet plan to send 300 more Australian troops to Iraq as a joint training mission with N.Z.

Australia is poised to expand its military role in Iraq, with Federal Cabinet approving a plan to send another 300 soldiers to help train forces fighting Islamic State militants. Some 200 Australian special forces are already in Iraq helping train Iraqi government forces. Now Federal Cabinet has agreed to send up to 300 more troops as part of a joint ...

Iran’s nuclear program could be concluded if U.S. agree to remove sanctions

A deal on Iran’s nuclear program could be concluded this week if the United States and other Western countries have sufficient political will and agree to remove sanctions on Tehran, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday. “Our negotiating partners, particularly the Western countries and particularly the United States, must once and for all come to the understanding ...

Bomb explosion outside the Egyptian supreme court kills two, wounds 9

Two people were killed and nine wounded, including seven policemen, in a bomb explosion Monday outside the Egyptian supreme court in Cairo, the health ministry said. Ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel Ghaffar told that a 22-year-old man “died of injuries sustained in his backbone” in the attack. Another man, aged 24, who had suffered head injuries and internal bleeding, also died ...

Head of GCC visits embattled Hadi in Aden

SANAA: Arab Gulf countries threw their support behind Yemen’s embattled president Wednesday as the group’s chief visited Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi amid the Houthis’ power grab in the capital, Sanaa. Hadi’s top aides said the Gulf Cooperation Council’s secretary-general, Abdel-Latif al-Zayani, visited the president in Aden, days after he escaped to the city. Hadi recently retracted the resignation he submitted ...

MEA records solid results despite political and security challenges

Middle East Airlines has maintained its profits and good results in 2014 despite the difficult conditions in the country and the regional tension, the chairman of the national carrier said Thursday. “Our unaudited profits for 2014 were close to $69 million compared to around $63 million in 2013. We suffered some losses in the first three months of last year, ...

Egypt asks European govts to stop broadcasting Brotherhood-linked TV channels

Egyptian foreign ministry asks European ambassadors to monitor “extremist websites”, and not to deal with Brotherhood-affiliated groups. Egypt’s foreign ministry called on European countries on Tuesday to “monitor extremist websites that incite violence and terrorism, and to halt broadcasting channels linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.” In a meeting with the European ambassadors, the minister’s aide for European affairs Hatem Seif ...

14 candidates to run against Bashir in Sudan election

Fourteen candidates have registered to run against Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir in a presidential vote in April, the country’s electoral commission said on Tuesday. “The electoral commission has received a total of 15 candidacies for the post of the president of the republic,” commission head Mokhtar al-Assam told reporters. The presidential vote is scheduled for April 13 and parliamentary elections will ...

Libya’s recognised government army declares ceasefire

The army of Libya’s internationally recognised government announced on Sunday that it would cease fire, two days after an Islamist-backed militia alliance announced a truce. “We declare a ceasefire from midnight (2200 GMT) Sunday,” said the army said, stressing however that it would continue to pursue “terrorists”, as UN-brokered peace talks resume in Geneva next week. The army also said ...

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