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UAE arrests Qatari 'spies': report

Dubai - 

Authorities in the United Arab Emirates have arrested Qatari "spies," an Emirati daily reported on Wednesday in a new sign of mounting tensions between Doha and its Gulf neighbours.

Bahrain police interrogate opposition chiefs

US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, Tom Malinowski (R) meeting with Bahrain's Al-Wefaq opposition group leader Sheikh Ali Salman. (AFP)
Dubai - 

Bahraini police on Wednesday questioned the head of the largest Shiite opposition group in the Sunni-ruled kingdom who was summoned after having met with a US official.

Iraq forces find 53 corpses south of Baghdad

Hilla - 

Iraqi security forces found the bodies Wednesday of 53 men who had been bound and executed in a confessionally mixed province south of the capital, police and medical officials said.

'Terrorist groups' seize former chemical weapons site: Iraq

United Nations - 

The Iraqi government has told the United Nations that militants have seized one of Saddam Hussein's former chemical weapons factories, confirming an earlier claim by Washington.

Israel pounds Gaza as Hamas flexes rocket reach

Flames erupt from a building hit by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City. (AFP)
Gaza City - 

Israeli warplanes pounded Gaza Wednesday, killing 24 people in a major new confrontation with Palestinian militants, as Hamas flexed its firepower and sent thousands running for shelters across the country.

Syria air raids kill 20 Islamic State extremists: monitor

Damascus - 

Twenty members of the Islamic State (IS) were killed in Syrian air force raids on Wednesday against the extremists' bastion in Raqa, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

British twin girls, 16, feared to have gone to Syria

London - 

Two 16-year-old twin girls from a Somalian family in Britain have disappeared from their family home and are feared to have travelled to Syria, counter-terror police said Wednesday.

US blacklists UAE company for helping Syrian regime

Washington - 

The US Treasury placed a United Arab Emirates company on its sanctions blacklist Wednesday for selling specialty oil products to the Syrian government.

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