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Egypt cabinet ‘backs army to make civilian arrests’

Egypt's cabinet has approved a draft law giving the army the right to arrest civilians and assist the police in providing security, a cabinet source told Reuters on Monday after the death toll in five days of anti-government protests rose to

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Truce end clashes; army says no delay to vote

A truce between Egyptian riot police and protesters succeeded on Thursday in calming violence that has killed 39 people in five days, and the army said there would be no delay to a parliamentary vote scheduled for next week.    

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Call for urgent Arab action on Syria

Arab governments have been urged to take the lead in helping to protect innocent civilians in Syria even as the UN warned of a 'full-blown civil war.' A major rally was held in Bahrain on Friday to show solidarity with 'their S

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Thugs ‘terrorising’ civilians in Bahrain

Gangs of anti-government thugs are terrorising innocent civilians by hurling rocks at passing cars, said a top government official. Incidents were reported on the Budaiya Highway, in Khamis and in Barbar, said National Unity Assembly high

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Syria deaths from Latakia offensive rise to 21

A Syrian tank and navy assault on the port city of Latakia to crush demonstrations against President Bashar Al-Assad killed at least 21 civilians on Sunday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The Observatory said most of the cas

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Nato strike kills civilians says Libya govt

Libyan officials said some seven civilians were killed in a Nato air strike in eastern Tripoli in the early hours of Sunday morning. Reporters were taken by Libyan government officials to a residential area in the Arada neighbourhood of Tr

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Blackwater case dismissal ‘unacceptable’: Iraq

Iraq has expressed anger with a US federal court ruling that threw out all charges against five Blackwater Worldwide security guards accused of gunning down Iraqi civilians in 2007. The ruling was 'unjust and unacceptable' Iraqi go

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