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Jordanians charged over speaking toy guns

The owners of a Jordanian company have been charged with inciting sectarian strife for importing toy guns with voices that “insult one of the Prophet Mohammed’s (PBUH) wives”, a judicial official said

Blast rocks south Lebanon restaurant

An explosion tore through a restaurant in the southern Lebanese town of Tyre at dawn Wednesday, just a few metres from a hotel that was bombed last month, a security source told

South Korea, China hold talks

Senior South Korean and Chinese officials held talks Tuesday to discuss the aftermath of the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il and ways to revive stalled talks on the North’s nuclear

Kremlin top strategist named deputy PM

President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday named the Kremlin official credited with designing Russia’s tightly-controlled political system as deputy prime minister in charge of a modernisation drive. The appointment of Vladislav Surkov, until

Iraq blocs call on Iran to mediate standoff

Iraqi political blocs have held talks with Iran over a standoff sparked by a warrant for the arrest of the country’s Sunni Arab vice president that has stoked sectarian tensions, officials said

Iran signs fuel deal with Afghanistan

Iran has signed a deal with Afghanistan to supply its neighbour with a million tons of fuel oil, petrol and aviation fuel a year, Iranian media reported Tuesday without putting a value

Palestinians chase UN, unity

With peace talks in the doldrums, the Palestinians have fixed their sights on “international activism” and on unity between their rival factions in order to advance their cause. “We are in a

Saudi Arabia frees 7 Shia protesters

Saudi authorities have released seven Shias detained after protests in the oil-rich Eastern Province earlier this year, activists said on Tuesday. The group attended a “guidance session” by a Shia cleric before

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