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Israel Says Envoy to Return to Egypt When Security Guaranteed

Israel said on Saturday its ambassador to Egypt, Yitzhak Levanon, will return to Cairo when security of the embassy of the Jewish state is guaranteed by the Arab nation.

Levanon will take his post again "as as soon as the security of the embassy is provided by Egypt," government spokesman Ron Sofer told army radio after Levanon and other diplomats returned home following an attack on their mission in Cairo Friday.

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Yemen Troops Free City, Army Base from 'Qaoda' Control

Yemen's army has freed the southern city of Zinjibar, overrun by al-Qaida suspects in May, and ended a siege of an army base there, state news agency Saba quoted Yemeni officials as saying Saturday.

"The heroes of the security and armed forces and the loyal tribesmen have managed to kick out al-Qaida gangs from Zinjibar," Saba quoted the governor of Abyan province, Saleh Hussein al-Zoary, as saying.

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Assad Stresses to Arabi Importance of Not Being Misled by Media Campaigns against Syria

Syrian President Bashar Assad urged on Saturday Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi against falling victim to misleading campaigns aimed at creating incitement against Syria, reported the official Syrian news agency SANA.

Al-Arabi affirmed that the Arab League and Arab countries are committed to Syria's security and stability, it added.

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Arab Spring Financial Aid to Rise to $38 Billion

International institutions agreed Saturday to raise their financial support to Arab nations in transition to democracy to $38 billion, France's finance minister said.

Nine international institutions agreed at a G8 meeting in Marseille to "bring the financial aid available to $38 billion in the period 2011-2013 to Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, and Jordan", Francois Baroin said.

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Egypt’s Supreme Council of Armed Forces Rejects Premier’s Resignation

Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces rejected on Saturday the resignation of Prime Minister Essam Sharaf over protestors’ attack against the Israeli Embassy in Egypt, reported al-Arabiya television.

Three people were killed in clashes overnight between police and protesters outside the embassy in Cairo, and a fourth died of a heart attack, Egyptian hospital sources said on Saturday.

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16 Killed as Arab League Launches Syria Peace Bid

Syrian forces killed 16 people Saturday, activists said, as they tried to crush anti-regime dissent as Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi met President Bashar al-Assad to broker an end to the bloodshed.

Arabi carried a 13-point document outlining Arab proposals to halt the deadly crackdown, hold elections and push for reforms in the League member state.

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Libya's NTC Chief in Tripoli

The head of Libya's new leadership, National Transitional Council chief Mustafa Abdul Jalil, landed in the port city of Misrata on Saturday, AFP correspondents witnessed, en route to Tripoli.

His visit to Tripoli was to be his first visit since NTC fighters seized the capital and ousted Moammar Gadhafi.

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Israeli Ambassador to Egypt Flies Home

Israel's ambassador to Egypt left the country on board an airplane bound to Israel on Saturday after protesters raided a building housing the embassy in Cairo and dumped its documents from a balcony, airport sources said.

Ambassador Yitzhak Levanon boarded the plane with his security detail and five bags of luggage, the sources said.

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Egypt Protesters Attack Israel Embassy, Take Down Flag

An Egyptian protester on Friday took down the flag at the Israeli embassy atop a Cairo high-rise after protesters destroyed a protective wall outside the building.

He threw the flag, only recently hung after a protester clambered up the building last month and tore it off, down to the street as thousands of protesters cheered him on.

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Ahmadinejad Criticizes Turkish 'Brothers' over Missile Shield

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad criticized Turkey over its plan to host an early-warning radar as part of NATO's missile defense system, the presidency website reported on Friday.

"Turkey is among our brothers and close friends but when the enemies install a missile shield there and acknowledge that this act is against Iran, then one has to be watchful," Ahmadinejad was reported as telling a group of visiting Kuwaiti journalists Thursday evening.

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