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Egypt reopens Gaza crossing for first time in month

Egyptian soldiers stand guard on the Egyptian side of the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the southern Gaza Strip. (AFP)
Cairo - 

Egypt reopened the Rafah border crossing with Gaza on Wednesday for the first time since its closure in late October after a bombing in the Sinai Peninsula, officials said.

Bahrain jails 12 over prison escape

Dubai - 

A Bahraini court has sentenced 12 people to up to 15 years in prison after they took part in a jailbreak earlier this year.

Putin hosts Syria foreign minister

Moscow - 

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday hosted Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem in his first meeting with a top envoy from Damascus since Syria plunged into civil war more than three years ago.

Lebanon mourns legendary 'songbird' Sabah

Beirut - 

Iconic Lebanese singer and actress Sabah died Wednesday aged 87, after a seven-decade career and a colourful love life that kept her in the headlines until the end.

Iran's Rouhani squeezed over nuclear talks extension, Khamenei defiant

Iranian President shows President Hassan Rouhani (L) during an interview on state television. (AFP)
Tehran - 

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani faced thinly veiled pressure Tuesday over a missed nuclear deal deadline and an unexpected seven-month extension of talks, with hardliners denouncing the diplomatic deadlock.

Cairo building collapse kills 17: emergency services

Cairo - 

At least seventeen people were killed and three were still under the rubble when a residential building in Egypt's capital collapsed overnight, emergency services said on Tuesday.

UAE jails man after social media reports on father in prison

Abu Dhabi - 

An Emirati court Tuesday sentenced a local man to three years in jail after he posted social media reports on the imprisonment of his father, convicted along with dozens of other Islamists.

Special forces free 8 hostages seized by Qaeda in Yemen

Aden - 

Special forces in Yemen rescued eight hostages including "a foreigner" on Tuesday just hours after Al-Qaeda seized them at an air base in the violence-wracked country, military officials said.

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