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Report: Qahwaji to Travel to Egypt over Joint Arab Force

Army chief Gen. Jean Qahwaji is expected to attend a meeting for Arab military leaders in Cairo this week following an agreement at an Arab summit to establish a joint force, al-Akhbar daily reported on Tuesday.

Qahwaji will represent Lebanon at Wednesday's meeting which Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi has called for, said the report.

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Mortar Fire Kills Two Children in Egypt's Sinai

Mortar fire killed two five-year-old boys Monday in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, officials said, hours after a bomb killed three soldiers in the area where troops are fighting an Islamist insurgency.

Mortar rounds struck a residential area south of the town of Sheikh Zuweid in North Sinai late on Monday in which the two boys were killed, medics said.

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Brotherhood Slams Egypt Judiciary before Morsi Verdict

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood has denounced the judiciary, calling it a tool for repression, and called for protests Tuesday when a court delivers the first verdict against ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

The country's first freely elected president, a leader of the Islamist Brotherhood, was ousted by the army in 2013 and put on trial amid a relentless crackdown on the movement.

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Egypt Confirms Death Sentences against 22 Morsi Backers

An Egyptian court confirmed death sentences against 22 supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on Monday over an attack on a police station in which one officer was killed.

The judgment comes ahead of an expected verdict on Tuesday against Morsi himself on charges of inciting the killing of protesters in December 2012 when he was president.

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CIA Chief Holds Egypt Talks

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency director Paul Brennan held talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during an unannounced visit to Cairo, the president's office said.

The Sunday evening meeting came amid a quickening rapprochement between the longtime allies after Washington in March lifted a partial freeze on its $1.5 billion annual aid to Egypt that it imposed when then-army chief Sisi ousted elected president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

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Sinai Bomb Claimed by IS Kills Three Egypt soldiers

A roadside bomb claimed by the Islamic State group killed three Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula on Monday, medical and security officials said.

The blast struck on the Egyptian side of the divided city of Rafah on the Gaza border, the official said.

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U.S. Anger over IS 'Atrocity' against Christians in Libya

The United States on Sunday condemned the "brutal mass murder" of 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya following a video released by Islamic State militants purportedly showing their execution.

The 29-minute IS video appears to show militants holding two groups of captives, described in text captions as "followers of the cross from the enemy Ethiopian Church".

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Egyptian Jailed for Life on Israel Spy Charges

An Egyptian court Sunday sentenced to jail a man convicted of spying for Israel in the Sinai Peninsula where security forces are fighting an Islamist insurgency, judicial officials said.

Two Israeli accomplices of the jailed Egyptian were tried in absentia and also given life terms, the officials added.

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'More Than 30%' of Arab Youth Jobless

More than 30 percent of young Arabs are jobless because of unrest in many Arab nations and not enough investment, a top labor official said on Sunday.

"The unemployment rate among Arab youth until the age of 30 years exceeds 30 percent," the director general of the Arab Labor Organization Ahmad Mohammed Luqman told AFP.

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Arab Army Chiefs to Meet in Cairo on Joint Military Force

Arab military chiefs will meet this week in Cairo to discuss the forming of a joint military force to fight the region's growing extremist threat, an Arab League official said Sunday.

After Arab League leaders agreed to create such a force at a March summit in Egypt, army chiefs from member states will hold talks on Wednesday on details of how the force will be created, its role and its financing, a League source told AFP.

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