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Qatar emir in surprise Saudi visit, holds talks on Gaza

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud meeting with the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in Riyadh. (AFP)
Jeddah - 

The emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, made a surprise visit Tuesday to Saudi Arabia where he discussed developments in strife-torn Gaza with King Abdullah, state media said.

Kuwait shuts down pro-opposition TV, newsapper

Kuwait City - 

Kuwait said it revoked the licences of pro-opposition Al-Youm television and Alam Al-Youm newspaper and ordered them to shut down immediately on Tuesday.

Iraq MPs stall presidential vote as violence rages

Baghdad - 

Iraqi lawmakers on Wednesday postponed choosing a new president for their ailing country while air strikes, suicide car bombs and summary executions yielded their daily grim crop of bodies.

Israel strikes kill dozens in Gaza as toll tops 670

Protestors take part in a demonstration. (AFP)
Gaza - 

An Israeli air strike on the northern Gaza Strip killed five people on Wednesday evening, medics said, as Israel's army announced two more soldiers had died in fighting.

World pushes for truce as Israel batters Gaza

Smoke billowing from the coastal Palestinian enclave during shelling by the Israeli army. (AFP)
Gaza City - 

The UN chief and Washington's top diplomat were holding a flurry of meetings in Cairo on Tuesday to push for an end to violence in Gaza that has killed more than 590 Palestinians.

General view of Damascus Gate in Jerusalem Old City during clashes. (AFP)

East Damascus hit by fiercest clashes in months: monitor

Beirut - 

Eastern Damascus was on Tuesday hit by its fiercest fighting in months between rebels and pro-regime forces, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (AFP)

'I no longer talk to Obama': Turkey's Erdogan

Istanbul - 

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he has stopped talking to US President Barack Obama on the phone, amid growing strains between Ankara and Washington over Syria and the Gaza conflict.

Iraq says Jordan's hosting of Sunni critics 'unacceptable'

Baghdad - 

Baghdad on Tuesday said Jordan's hosting of a meeting of Sunni Iraqis opposed to the Shiite-led government was "unacceptable".

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