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Libyan Protesters Storm NTC Benghazi Office

Angry protesters stormed the offices of Libya's National Transitional Council in the eastern city of Benghazi on Saturday after besieging the building for hours, an NTC member told Agence France Presse.

"The demonstrators attacked the building and turned NTC offices upside down," the official said on condition of anonymity.

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Council of Europe Mission Says Russia Needs Reforms

Russia needs real political change, not a "survival mechanism" for the current regime, a Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly delegation said Saturday.

The group, which observed last month's controversial parliamentary elections, was speaking in Moscow ahead of the presentation of its final report at a plenary session in Strasbourg on Monday.

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Egypt's Brotherhood Party Wins 47% of Parliament Seats

The Muslim Brotherhood's party has won 47.18 percent of seats in the Egyptian parliament, the electoral commission announced on Saturday as it gave the final results from marathon polls.

The Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) won 235 seats in the new People's Assembly, or 47.18 percent, committee head Abdel Moez Ibrahim said.

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Report: U.S. Using Qatar as a Tool against Syria

Qatar, which has called for Arab troop’s to deploy in crisis-hit Syria, is a "tool" being used by the United States against Damascus, state newspaper Ath-Thawra newspaper reported on Saturday.

The claim was made as Arab League foreign ministers are to meet in Cairo on review of an observer mission critics who say it has been unable to stem the violence in Syria. League officials have voiced satisfaction with the mission's progress so far.

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Police Kill Senior Al-Qaida in Iraq Leader

Police killed a senior leader of Al-Qaida’s front group in Iraq in clashes while attempting to arrest him on Saturday, the interior ministry said in a statement.

Majid Hassan Ali, head of the Islamic State of Iraq's operations in the main northern city of Mosul, was killed and 19 Al-Qaida fighters, two of them Palestinian, arrested in the gunfight south of the city.

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Thirteen Killed in Afghan Violence

At least 13 people, including five Afghan border police, a NATO soldier and two would-be suicide bombers were killed across Afghanistan Saturday, officials said.

The border guards died when their vehicle was ambushed in Gulran district of Hirat province in western Afghanistan, General Sulaiman, the commander of rapid reaction forces in the area, told AFP.

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Foreigner Kidnapped in Central Somalia

A foreigner has been kidnapped in a semi-autonomous province of central Somalia, a local official said Saturday.

"We have reports that a foreigner has been abducted from Galmudug," security official Ali Abdulrahman said, adding that he had been on the airport road near the town of Galkayo and was believed to be in the employ of the local government.

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19 Arrests over Threats against Iraq Whistleblower

Iraqi police arrested 19 officials and tribal leaders after they threatened to harm an MP who alleged graft in Baghdad's municipal government, officials said on Saturday.

Sherwan al-Waili, a lawmaker belonging to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's bloc and a former minister of state for national security, made the claims in mid-December. They led to the arrest of Baghdad deputy mayor Naeem Abboub.

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Mubarak Not Guilty in Gas Sales to Israel

The lawyer defending Hosni Mubarak told the court on Saturday that there is not a shred of evidence linking the ousted Egyptian strongman to a controversial gas deal with Israel.

Farid al-Deeb said Egypt's spy agency negotiated the 2005 deal in line with international norms.

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ENI Libya Oil output 'Close to Pre-War Level'

Output by Italian oil giant ENI, the top producer of Libyan crude, has nearly reached its levels prior to the war last year that ousted Moammar Gadhafi, its chief Paolo Scaroni said Saturday.

"We are almost where we were. We are producing 270,000 barrels per day now against 280,000 before the revolution," Scaroni told reporters in Tripoli where he arrived as part of a delegation of visiting Italian premier Mario Monti.

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