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    Western Christians mark Easter at Jerusalem's Holy Sepulchre

    Western Christians mark Easter at Jerusalem's Holy Sepulchre


    Catholics and Protestants mark Easter on Sunday, while eastern Orthodox Christians celebrated Palm Sunday, with Easter Sunday coming for them on April 28. The church, in the Old City of Israeli-occupied east Jerusalem, is built at the site where...

    Catholics and Protestants mark Easter on Sunday, while eastern Orthodox Christians celebrated Palm Sunday, with Easter Sunday coming for them on April 28. The church, in the Old City of Israeli-occupied east Jerusalem, is built at the site where Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected.
    New bout of heavy fighting in Yemen kills dozens

    New bout of heavy fighting in Yemen kills dozens


    Yemeni officials say heavy fighting in Yemen's southern Dhale province pro-government forces and Shiite rebels has killed more than 85 people. Yemen has been embroiled in a civil war pitting the Iran-backed Houthis against the government of President...

    Yemeni officials say heavy fighting in Yemen's southern Dhale province pro-government forces and Shiite rebels has killed more than 85 people. Yemen has been embroiled in a civil war pitting the Iran-backed Houthis against the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, backed by a Saudi-led coalition since March 2015.
    Separate militant attacks kill nearly 50 Syrian soldiers

    Separate militant attacks kill nearly 50 Syrian soldiers


    Syrian government forces came under separate attacks from Islamic State militants and al-Qaida-linked insurgents in different parts of the country that killed nearly 50 soldiers and allied fighters. In one attack, IS militants ambushed Syrian government...

    Syrian government forces came under separate attacks from Islamic State militants and al-Qaida-linked insurgents in different parts of the country that killed nearly 50 soldiers and allied fighters. In one attack, IS militants ambushed Syrian government forces in the desert of central Homs province, setting off two days of clashes that killed 27 soldiers.
    Saudi coalition destroys Yemen rebels' drone cave

    Saudi coalition destroys Yemen rebels' drone cave


    The cave near the presidential palace in Huthi-held Sanaa contained drones to be used in "terrorist operations", Colonel Turki al-Maliki said. The "military target, a cave used by the terrorist Huthi militia to stockpile drones was destroyed," he said....

    The cave near the presidential palace in Huthi-held Sanaa contained drones to be used in "terrorist operations", Colonel Turki al-Maliki said. The "military target, a cave used by the terrorist Huthi militia to stockpile drones was destroyed," he said. Earlier this month, the coalition said that Saudi air defences intercepted two drones launched by Houthi rebels from Yemen.
    IS militants ambush Syrian government troops, kill scores

    IS militants ambush Syrian government troops, kill scores


    The Islamic State group lost its last territories in Syria in March after months of battles with US-backed fighters in the east. But the militants remain active in the desert area where they have increasingly targeted government...

    The Islamic State group lost its last territories in Syria in March after months of battles with US-backed fighters in the east. But the militants remain active in the desert area where they have increasingly targeted government troops.
    Egyptians vote in referendum to extend Sisi's rule

    Egyptians vote in referendum to extend Sisi's rule


    Egyptians were voting Saturday in a referendum that aims to cement the rule of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former coup leader who presents himself as a rock of stability in a turbulent...

    Egyptians were voting Saturday in a referendum that aims to cement the rule of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former coup leader who presents himself as a rock of stability in a turbulent region.
    Egyptians vote on changes that may see Sisi in power to 2030

    Egyptians vote on changes that may see Sisi in power to 2030


    Egyptians began voting on Saturday on constitutional changes that will potentially allow President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to stay in office until 2030 and bolster the role of Egypt's powerful military. Sisi's supporters say the changes are necessary to...

    Egyptians began voting on Saturday on constitutional changes that will potentially allow President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to stay in office until 2030 and bolster the role of Egypt's powerful military. Sisi's supporters say the changes are necessary to give him more time to complete major development projects and economic reforms.
    Egypt schedules referendum on constitutional changes

    Egypt schedules referendum on constitutional changes


    Parliament overwhelmingly approved the amendments on Tuesday. They would only extend a president's term in office from 4 to 6 years. But they include a special article specific to el-Sissi to extend his current, second term to six years and allow him to...

    Parliament overwhelmingly approved the amendments on Tuesday. They would only extend a president's term in office from 4 to 6 years. But they include a special article specific to el-Sissi to extend his current, second term to six years and allow him to run for another six-year term in 2024.
    Iran's Rouhani says floods revealed 'vicious' nature of US

    Iran's Rouhani says floods revealed 'vicious' nature of US


    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that the United States' reaction to floods that killed dozens of people had revealed Washington's "vicious" nature. At least 76 people have died after torrential rainfall which has also caused billions of...

    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that the United States' reaction to floods that killed dozens of people had revealed Washington's "vicious" nature. At least 76 people have died after torrential rainfall which has also caused billions of dollars worth of damage since March 19.
    Iran's parliament labels entire US army as terrorist

    Iran's parliament labels entire US army as terrorist


    State TV says Defense Minister Gen. Amir Hatami introduced the bill authorizing the government to act firmly in response to "terrorist actions" by US forces. It demands authorities use "legal, political and diplomatic" measures to neutralize the American...

    State TV says Defense Minister Gen. Amir Hatami introduced the bill authorizing the government to act firmly in response to "terrorist actions" by US forces. It demands authorities use "legal, political and diplomatic" measures to neutralize the American move, without elaborating.
    Small fire at flashpoint Jerusalem holy site

    Small fire at flashpoint Jerusalem holy site


    A small fire broke out at a guard's booth in the courtyard at the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem but was extinguished and the site remains open, authorities said on...

    A small fire broke out at a guard's booth in the courtyard at the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem but was extinguished and the site remains open, authorities said on Tuesday.
    Iran leader approves tapping sovereign fund for flood relief

    Iran leader approves tapping sovereign fund for flood relief


    On Sunday, Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said the weeks of heavy rain across the country had caused an estimated $2.5 billion in damage to roads, bridges, homes and farmland. Iran's worst floods in 70 years had killed at least 76 people and...

    On Sunday, Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said the weeks of heavy rain across the country had caused an estimated $2.5 billion in damage to roads, bridges, homes and farmland. Iran's worst floods in 70 years had killed at least 76 people and forced more than 220,000 into emergency shelters, state media cited ministers as telling lawmakers.