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Egypt Judiciary Suspends Islamists-Led Constitution Panel

A Cairo court said on Tuesday it had suspended an Islamists-dominated commission that had been tasked with drafting the country's new constitution.

The court, which deals with administrative issues, did not explain the reasons for its decision which was announced after lawyers and liberal political parties filed a complaint accusing the Islamists-majority parliament, which formed the panel, of having abused its powers.

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Seven Bahrain Policemen Injured in 'Terrorist' Attack

Seven Bahraini policemen have been injured in a "terrorist attack" by unknown assailants in the Shiite village of Akr, south of the capital Manama, a top security official has said.

General Tareq al-Hassan, Bahrain's public security chief, said an improvised bomb exploded late Monday near a police checkpoint at the entrance to the village, "wounding seven policemen, three of them critically," Bahrain's official BNA news agency reported.

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Annan to Send Letter on Syria to Security Council as he Arrives in Turkey

U.N. and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan will send a letter to the Security Council Tuesday on Syria, his spokesman said, the day a U.N.-Arab plan to end 13 months of bloodshed is to take effect.

"Mr. Annan will be sending a letter to the Council later today," spokesman Ahmad Fawzi told Agence France Presse.

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UAE Detains Islamists Linked to Terror Funding

The United Arab Emirates on Tuesday detained six Islamists whose citizenship had been revoked for alleged links to groups that fund terrorists, their lawyer said.

The six men "were summoned by the interior ministry and told that they have two weeks to get new nationality and legalize" their presence in the country, Mohammed al-Roken told Agence France Presse

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Muallem Says Syria Started Implementing Annan’s Plan

Syria's foreign minister told Moscow Tuesday Damascus has started withdrawing troops in line with Kofi Annan's peace plan but Russia said the regime should implement the initiative more decisively.

The rare visit by the veteran Foreign Minister Walid Muallem to Moscow coincided with a deadline under the Annan plan for Syria to withdraw forces from protest cities amid Western worries the scheme is in tatters.

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Syrian Forces Kill 11, including 7 Civilians

Syrian regime forces killed Tuesday 11 people, including seven civilians, in shelling and attacks on the day the government is expected to pull out troops from protest hubs as per a U.N.-Arab League peace plan, a monitoring group said.

Six civilians were killed in shelling that hit the old district of Khaldiyeh, in Homs, and another was shot dead in the neighborhood of Bab Tadmur, also in the central city, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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Turkey to ‘Take Necessary Measures’ after Shots Fired from Syria

Shots fired from Syria at a Syrian refugee camp inside Turkey are a "clear violation" of the common border between the two countries, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday.

"It was a very clear violation of the border," Erdogan told reporters in Beijing, where he is on an official visit. "Obviously we will take the necessary measures," he was quoted as saying by the Turkish news agency Anatolia.

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U.S. Says No Sign Assad Meeting Peace Deal Commitments

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad has shown no sign so far that his government is sticking by a peace plan to end the fighting in Syria just hours before a U.N. deadline, the White House said Monday.

"We certainly have seen no sign yet of the Assad regime abiding by its commitments," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters.

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Islamist Leader Urges Patience as Police Charge Protesters in Tunis

Riot police on Monday fired tear gas and baton-charged protesters in central Tunis who defied a ban on demonstrations, in some of the worst violence in the city in months.

As hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets, the head of the Ennahda Islamist party which dominates parliament called on Tunisians to "be patient" and give the new government a chance to bring in reforms.

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Syria Peace Plan in Jeopardy as Monday Clashes Kill 170

A peace plan for Syria was in jeopardy on Monday as deadly fresh clashes raged after President Bashar al-Assad's government laid down conditions for it to pull troops and armor out of protest hubs.

Security forces killed 151 people across the country, among them more than 30 women and children and four rebels, the Local Coordination Committees, the main activist group spurring protests on the ground, said.

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