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Bahrain strips 72 unrest convicts of citizenship: media

Dubai - 

Sunni-ruled Bahrain said Saturday it had revoked the citizenship of 72 people convicted of “harming the interests of the kingdom” in unrest by the Shiite majority since 2011.

Egypt court rules Hamas armed wing 'terror group'

A Palestinian girl stands next to Palestinian militants of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas' armed wing, during a protest rally (AFP)
Cairo - 

An Egyptian court on Saturday banned the armed wing of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, declaring it a “terrorist” group.

CIA, Israel plotted senior Hezbollah commander's killing: report

Washington - 

The CIA and Israel's spy agency Mossad were behind an elaborate plot to kill Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh in a 2008 car bomb attack in Syria, the Washington Post reported Friday.

Two soldiers, peacekeeper killed in Israel-Hezbollah clashes

Majidiya Village - 

Two Israeli soldiers and a Spanish UN peacekeeper were killed on Wednesday as Lebanon's Hezbollah and Israel exchanged fire in their most serious clashes in years.

Iran to let foreign women watch male volleyball event

Tehran - 

Iran will break with custom and allow foreign women to attend male volleyball matches when it hosts a major tournament this summer, but female Iranian nationals will remain barred.

Bahraini protesters wearing gas masks, look on during clashes with police after a demonstration (AFP)

Bahrain opposition head rejects charges as trial opens

Dubai - 

Bahraini Shiite opposition chief Sheikh Ali Salman rejected charges that he tried to overthrow the country's Sunni regime, as his trial opened Wednesday, a judicial source said.

Libyan security forces surround Tripoli's central Corinthia Hotel (AFP)

Gunmen assault luxury Tripoli hotel, at least nine dead

Tripoli - 

Gunmen stormed a hotel in Tripoli popular with diplomats and officials Tuesday in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group, killing at least nine people including five foreigners before blowing themselves up.

Baghdad flights disrupted after bullet hits flydubai jet

Baghdad - 

A bullet hit the fuselage of a flydubai airliner on its descent into Baghdad Tuesday, lightly wounding a young girl and prompting many carriers to suspend their flights, officials said.