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Saudi jails 13 for plan to attack US forces

Riyadh - 

A Saudi court has sentenced 13 people, including an Afghan and a Qatari, to between 18 months and 30 years in prison for plotting an Al-Qaeda attack against US forces.

Bomb outside Cairo University wounds nine: police

An army vehicle patrols near Cairo University after a bomb exploded outside the main gate wounding at least nine people including a senior officer. (AFP)
Cairo - 

A bomb exploded outside the gates of Cairo University Wednesday, an Egyptian police official said, wounding at least nine people, including a senior officer.

Saudi sentences two more to death for Shiite protests

Riyadh - 

A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced two more people to death in connection with protests by minority Shiites that began three years ago, official media said.

Syria says shoots down two of three 'IS warplanes'

Damascus - 

Syria's air force has destroyed two of three warplanes reportedly seized by fighters of the Islamic State group in the north of the country, Information Minister Omran al-Zohbi said.

Twitter 'source of all evil': top Saudi cleric

Riyadh - 

Twitter is nothing more than "a source of lies" and evil, Saudi Arabia's top Muslim cleric said, in comments that sparked lively debate Tuesday on the microblogging site.

Egypt court to hear Jazeera journalists' appeal Jan 1

Cairo - 

An Egyptian court will hear on January 1 an appeal by three Al-Jazeera journalists and four co-defendants against their conviction of ties with Islamists, a judicial official said Tuesday.

Egyptian riot policemen stand guard inside Sunni al-Azhar University in Cairo. (AFP)

Egypt clamps down on campuses over new unrest fears

Cairo - 

As the new academic term began in Egypt, riot police were standing guard at Cairo's universities to quash any repeat of Islamist-led protests that turned campuses nationwide into battlefields.

Iraqis gather at the site of two car bombs explosions that hit the car park of a large restaurant. (AFP)

Car bombs kill at least 18 in Baghdad Shiite area

Baghdad - 

Three car bombs exploded in a Shiite area of northeast Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 18 people, Iraqi security and medical officials said.

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