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Assad refuses to quit as foes advance in north Syria

DAMASCUS: President Bashar Assad insisted he will not step down and blasted Britain’s support for his armed foes who reportedly killed dozens of soldiers on Sunday in attacks on a police academy in northern Syria. “We are ready to negotiate with anyone, including militants who surrender their arms,” Assad told …

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Tunisia extends state of emergency for another 3 months

TUNIS, (Xinhua): Tunisia’s President Moncef Marzouki has extended the country’s state of emergency for another three months, the official TAP press agency reported on Friday evening, quoting a communique from the presidency of the republic. The decision was taken following consultation with outgoing Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali and the speaker …

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Mali: AQIM commander Abou Zeid killed in northern Mali, TV says

BAMAKO, (Xinhua): A senior commander of AQIM, al- Qaida’s branch in north Africa, was killed during a French military operation in northern Mali, a TV station reported on Thursday. Algerian television Ennahar monitored here said that Abou Zeid, a senior commander of AQIM, al-Qaida’s branch in north Africa, was killed …

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City University London locks Muslim prayer room on Fridays

City University in London has been accused of discrimination by a group of Muslim students after it started locking a room used for Friday prayers. A group of students have formed Muslim Voices on Campus, calling on the university to reverse its decision. The group said it was being “unjustly …

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