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Bassil from Cairo: Army Chose Ground Operations to Face IS as Airstrikes Proved Insufficient

Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil highlighted on Monday the threat of terrorism on Lebanon and the Arab world, urging leaders to take action to face it.

He said: “Airstrikes against the Islamic State group were not enough to combat it, which is why the Lebanese army chose ground operations to face it.”

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Arab League: 'Urgent Need' for Unified Anti-Jihadist Force

Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi called on Monday for the creation of a unified Arab force to battle the spread of Islamic extremist groups. 

"There is an urgent need for the creation of a multi-purpose common Arab military force... able to intervene rapidly to fight terrorism and the activities of terrorist groups," Arabi told a meeting of league foreign ministers in Cairo.

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Hariri Meets Sisi, Al-Azhar Grand Imam in Cairo

Head of al-Mustaqbal Movement Saad Hariri arrived in Cairo for talks with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Grand Imam of al-Azhar Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb.

Hariri met with Sisi at Ittihadiya palace, a statement issued by the ex-PM's press office said.

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Report: Hariri to Meet Sisi in Cairo on Sunday

Head of the Mustaqbal Movement MP Saad Hariri is expected to travel to the Egyptian capital Cairo on Saturday, reported the Kuwait daily al-Anbaa on Saturday.

Hariri's press office announced that he is scheduled to meet with with President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi on Sunday.

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11 Wounded, One Critically, in Bomb Blast near Egypt Court

Eleven people were wounded, one critically, in a bomb explosion outside the Egyptian supreme court in Cairo on Monday, hospital officials said.

A police official and state media had said one man died but later retracted the information.

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One Dead in Cairo Bombings

One person was killed Thursday in a bombing outside a pizzeria in the Egyptian capital as other blasts hit a police station and offices of cell phone companies, a health official said.

The bomb tore off the legs of the victim who was pronounced dead in hospital, health ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel Ghaffar told AFP. Two other people were wounded.

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Street Cleaner Killed by Cairo Bomb

A street sweeper was killed Wednesday when a small bomb hidden in a pile of rubbish exploded in a suburb of the Egyptian capital, a security official said.

Bomb attacks have become increasingly frequent in Egypt, particularly in the restive Sinai Peninsula, since the army toppled Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

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Policeman Killed by Cairo Bomb Claimed by Jihadists

A bomb attack Friday on an Egyptian police convoy in the capital killed an officer and wounded seven conscripts and a civilian, officials said, with jihadists claiming responsibility.

The blast occurred in Ain Shams, a neighborhood in northeast Cairo that is a stronghold of supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

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Bombs Wound 10 Civilians in Egypt's Alexandria

Five bombs exploded outside police stations in Egypt's second city of Alexandria on Tuesday, wounding 10 civilians, police said.

Militants regularly set off explosives in Cairo and Alexandria, but the deadliest attacks have been in the Sinai Peninsula where troops are fighting an Islamist insurgency.

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Egypt Suspends Football after 19 Die in Clashes

Egypt has suspended all major football games after 19 people were killed in the latest outbreak of violence between fans and police, authorities said Monday.

Egyptian football fans have been repeatedly involved in the country's explosive political mix and Sunday's unrest raised fears of further clashes in the days ahead.

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