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A Saudi national convicted of murder was decapitated by the sword in the southwest of the Gulf kingdom on Tuesday, the interior ministry said.   Wail al-Shehri, convicted of shooting dead Meshaal Assiri during an argument, was executed on...
Ukraine said its artillery destroyed part of a Russian armoured column that entered its territory overnight and said its forces came under shellfire from Russia on Friday in what appeared to be a major military escalation between the ex-Soviet...
Jihadists carried out a "massacre" in the northern Iraq village of Kocho, killing dozens of people, most of them members of the Yazidi religious minority, officials and a witness said Saturday. "They committed a massacre against the...
The earliest evidence of mummification in Egypt suggests that the practice of wrapping bodies to preserve them after death began around 1,000 years earlier than thought, said a study Wednesday.   The study in the journal PLOS ONE is the...
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday promised Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to speed up the delivery of billions of dollars in arms and invited Cairo to forge free trade ties with a Moscow-led customs bloc. The two strong-willed...
Britain's Africa minister Mark Simmonds resigned on Monday, a spokesman for the prime minister's Downing Street office said, becoming the second Foreign Office minister to quit in a week. The spokesman insisted that Simmonds' decision...
US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday warned Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki not to cause trouble as he threw his weight behind newly-elected President Fuad Masum to help fight Islamic militants. His comments came after Maliki announced...
The Palestinians are examining a proposal for a new 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza, a Hamas spokesman told AFP on Sunday. "There is a proposal for another 72-hour truce (to allow) for the continuation of negotiations," Sami Abu Zuhri told AFP...
Egypt's foreign ministry said Friday it deeply regrets the return of military operations in the Palestinian Gaza Strip after a 72-hour truce expired. “As military operations resume, the Foreign Ministry renews its call for self-restraint,...
Lebanon's leading Sunni politician Saad Hariri returned from self-imposed exile Friday on a trip to bolster the country's army as it battles jihadists in the latest spillover from Syria's war. The former prime minister arrived after...