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Russia scrambles fighter jet to escort US military plane

Russia scrambles fighter jet to escort US military plane

A Russian MiG-31 fighter jet has been scrambled to escort a US B-1B strategic bomber over the Sea of Japan, TASS news agency reported on Sunday citing the Russian military, just days after an incident with a US naval destroyer in the same region.

Iran's navy says repulses pirate attack in Gulf of Aden

Iran's navy says repulses pirate attack in Gulf of Aden

An Iranian warship on Saturday repulsed an attack by pirates against two oil tankers that it was escorting in the Gulf of Aden, the country's naval chief said.

Hundreds protest in Sudan's capital against government

Hundreds protest in Sudan's capital against government

Hundreds of Sudanese protesters took to the streets Saturday demanding the dissolution of the transitional government, saying it had failed them economically and politically.

Lebanon on edge after deadly sectarian flare-up

Lebanon on edge after deadly sectarian flare-up

Lebanon prepared to bury the victims of its deadliest sectarian unrest in years Friday after gunfire gripped central Beirut for hours and revived the ghosts of the civil war.

Shooting rocks Beirut amid tensions over blast probe

Shooting rocks Beirut amid tensions over blast probe

Tensions over a probe into last year’s massive blast in Beirut burst into the worst street violence in more than a decade yesterday, with six people shot dead and gun battles reviving memories of the country’s 1975-90 civil war.

UN slams ‘horrific’ violence against migrants in Libya

UN slams ‘horrific’ violence against migrants in Libya

The United Nations yesterday denounced violence against migrants in Libya after security forces shot dead at least half a dozen asylum seekers in recent days.

Beirut blast judge issues arrest warrant for ex finance minister Khalil

Beirut blast judge issues arrest warrant for ex finance minister Khalil

The lead judge investigating last year's catastrophic Beirut port blast issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday for former finance minister Ali Hassan Khalil after he failed to show up for questioning.

Sadr wins Iraq vote, Maliki close behind

Sadr wins Iraq vote, Maliki close behind

Shia Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s party was the biggest winner in an Iraqi election yesterday, increasing the number of seats he holds in parliament, according to initial results, officials and a spokesperson for the Sadrist Movement.

Iraqis vote in general election, a test for democratic system

Iraqis vote in general election, a test for democratic system

Iraqis were voting on Sunday in a general election many said they would boycott, having lost faith in the democratic system brought in by the US invasion of 2003.

Lebanon in blackout as power stations run out of fuel

Lebanon in blackout as power stations run out of fuel

Lebanon was plunged into a total blackout yesterday after two main power stations went offline because they ran out of fuel, the state electricity corporation said.

Lebanese power outage will last for several days: government official

Lebanese power outage will last for several days: government official

Lebanon has no centrally-generated electricity after the country's biggest two power stations shut down due to a fuel shortage, a government official told Reuters on Saturday.

Former Iranian President Bani-Sadr dies in Paris

Former Iranian President Bani-Sadr dies in Paris

Abolhassan Bani-Sadr, who became Iran's first president after the 1979 Islamic revolution before fleeing into exile in France, died on Saturday aged 88.

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