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Syria gas attack probe on hold after inspectors shot at

AFP Beirut The world's chemical arms watchdog froze its probe into an alleged chemical attack near Damascus on Wednesday, demanding"unhindered access" after a UN reconnaissance mission came under fire. Four days after ..

Turkey's Erdogan calls snap elections on June 24

afp Ankara President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday called snap elections in Turkey for June 24, bringing the polls forward by over a year-and-a-half to sharply accelerate the transition to a new presidential system. ..

Election fever grips Lebanon, nine years since last legislative vote

afp Beirut As its first parliamentary vote in nearly a decade approaches, Lebanon has been swept into campaign fever: posters on every corner, televised debates, and neighbours bickering over new electoral procedures. Stakes are ..

AFP Beirut Syrian regime forces shelled the last pockets in Damascus controlled by the Islamic State group, preparing the ground for a possible assault on the jihadist stronghold, a monitor said on Wednesday. After fully retaking ..

CairO Egypt's military said Wednesday it had killed a militant leader in the Sinai Peninsula, where the Islamic State group is carrying out an insurgency. During an operation in mountainous areas, Egyptian forces"killed ..

Benghazi, Libya Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar's chief of staff on Wednesday survived a car bombing in the eastern city of Benghazi, according to his self-styled Libyan National Army. General Abdelrazak ..

RIYADH Saudi Arabia is launching its first commercial movie theatre on Wednesday as it ends a nearly 40-year ban on cinemas. But ordinary Saudis must hold out a few more weeks before they can catch a film. Attendance to private ..

AFP Khartoum Sudan said Wednesday it has protested to the UN Security Council against Egypt, accusing Cairo of organising voting in a disputed border area during last month's Egyptian presidential election. Foreign Minister ..

DPA Rome Human rights and disarmament campaigners said Wednesday they filed a criminal complaint against Italian arms supplies to Saudi Arabia, allegedly used in Yemen's brutal war. According to activists, fragments of ..

afp Baghdad Iraqi courts have sentenced to death a total of more than 300 people, including dozens of foreigners, for belonging to the Islamic State group, judicial sources said on Wednesday. The suspects are being tried by two ..