Middle Orient

US bombs house, kills family — police

BAIJI, Iraq (Reuters) — A US air strike on a house in northern Iraq killed six members of an Iraqi family, prompting anger on Tuesday among minority Sunni Arab political leaders and the local police chief. The US military said aircraft bombed the building in the northern oil refining town …

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Kidnappers insist on demands for Germans’ release

The German family are being held as bargaining chips for the release of five brothers imprisoned by Yemeni authorities SANAA (AFP) — Yemeni tribesmen holding hostage a German family of five, including a retired senior diplomat, will not release them until their demand for the release of jailed fellow tribesmen …

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Mutilated bodies found in southern Egypt

BANI MAZAR (AFP) — Ten mutilated bodies were found early on Thursday in a southern Egyptian village, some of them missing their vital organs and laying in pools of blood, police sources said. The bodies of 10 Egyptians — four men, two women and four children — were found in …

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AT A GLANCE

Greek patriarch boycotts Israeli Christmas party OCCUPIED JERUSALEM (Reuters) — The Greek Orthodox Patriarch in Jerusalem boycotted an annual Israeli Christmas party on Thursday because the invitation failed to recognise him as the church’s new leader, a church official said. A clergyman sacked by the church over an alleged land …

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Israel and the Arab world — a hidden trade waiting for a political deal

CAIRO — Staff members at a Riyadh hospital got a surprise when they looked at the fine print on the paper cups they were using. Workers in a storeroom at a Dubai hospital were similarly shocked when they took a close look at the tags on a large shipment of …

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Sharon to have heart treatment in hospital

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is to return to hospital early next month to undergo a minor procedure in order to repair a tiny hole in his heart, his doctors said on Monday. Professor Haim Lotan told reporters that Sharon would undergo “a catheterisation in the …

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Maronite Church leader urges president to consider his position

BEIRUT (AP) — The head of the influential Maronite Catholic Church has publicly urged Lebanon’s president to consider his position, saying he prayed that Emile Lahoud will take a decision that would reassure the nation. In a Christmas Day sermon on Sunday, Patriarch Cardinal Nasrallah Sfeir came closer

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