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Hawthi rebels capture central Yemeni city

Shiite Huthis rebels stand in the central town of Radmah, located on a road linking the capital Sanaa with the main southern city Aden. (AFP)
Sanaa - 

Shiite rebels seized a city in central Yemen Wednesday seen as a strategic link to the south, further widening their territory following deadly clashes with tribesmen, security and tribal sources said.

Erdogan unveils Turkey's controversial new presidential palace

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (AFP)
Ankara - 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday unveiled a new presidential palace on the outskirts of Ankara that has been denounced as an environmental blight and  evidence of his autocratic tendencies.

IS extremists execute more than 40 tribesmen in Iraq's Anbar

Baghdad - 

Extremists from the Islamic State group executed Wednesday more than 40 members of a tribe that fought against them in Iraq's Anbar province, sources said.

Kurds cheer reinforcements for Syria's Kobane

Kurds in Turkey greet peshmerga convoys at Viransehir, in Sanliurfa. (AFP)
Sanliurfa - 

Crowds of flag-waving Kurds greeted Iraqi peshmerga fighters travelling through Turkey Wednesday to join opposition rebels reinforcing the Syrian town of Kobane against an attack by the Islamic State extremist group.

'Free' Tunisia polls offer Arab Spring ray of hope

Tunisian Ennadha Party supporters celebrate before the party's leader gave a speech during the legislative election. (AFP)
Tunis - 

Foreign observers on Tuesday praised Tunisia's landmark "free" elections, after the Islamists conceded defeat in a vote that raised hopes of a peaceful transition in the birthplace of the Arab Spring.

Bahrain bans main opposition activity for 3 months

Dubai - 

A Bahraini court banned the Gulf state's main opposition movement for three months Tuesday, just weeks before a parliamentary election the group had already said it would boycott.

Dozens of Kurdish peshmerga fighters drive through Arbil after leaving a base in northern Iraq. (AFP)

Peshmerga head for Syria's Kobane to fight IS

Arbil - 

Heavily armed Kurdish peshmerga fighters set off from their base in northern Iraq Tuesday to support militia forces defending the Syrian border town of Kobane from the Islamic State group.

Egyptian Alaa Abdel Fattah (L), a top activist of the revolt against ex-president Hosni Mubarak, and his mother Laila Soueif react after hearing a court sentence against their sister/ daughter, Sanaa Seif, outside a court in Cairo. (AFP)

Egypt orders activist Abdel Fattah back to jail: family

Cairo - 

An Egyptian court ordered prominent activist Alaa Abdel Fattah back to jail Monday after he was previously freed on bail during a trial for taking part in an illegal protest, a relative said.

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