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Egypt Orders Retrial of Jailed 152 Islamists

An Egyptian appeals court Saturday ordered a retrial of 152 Islamists, including 37 sentenced to death in a mass trial that had sparked international outrage, judicial officials said.

Last March, a lower court in the southern province of Minya sentenced to death 529 Islamist supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, including the 152 who were in custody, for attacking a police station and killing an officer in August 2013.

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Yemen Tribes in a Bid to Free Officials Sieged by Huthis

Yemeni armed tribesmen arrived in Sanaa on Saturday in a bid to free top officials sieged by the powerful Shiite Huthi militia, tribal and defense sources said.

Representatives of tribes from Marib and Jawf provinces, joined by tribes from Sanaa, arrived in dozens of vehicles carrying armed men near the house of Defense Minister Mahmud Subaihi, a tribal source said.

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Reports: Syrian Refugee Boy in Turkey Beaten for Eating Leftovers

A Syrian refugee child has been beaten by a restaurant manager in the Turkish city Istanbul for eating a customer's leftovers, local media reported on Saturday.

A photo circulating on social media shows the 11-year-old boy sitting bloodied on stairs after having been beaten Wednesday by the manager of fast food chain Burger King's outlet in the Sirinevler district.

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Libya's Ansar al-Sharia chief dead: Islamist websites

The head of Libya's Ansar al-Sharia jihadist group, whose fate has been a mystery since fighting in October, was mortally wounded then, Islamist websites and an army officer said Saturday.

Mohamed al-Zehawi "was killed in Benina clashes near the Benghazi airport, southeast of the city," the Islamist militias February 17 Martyrs and Rafallah al-Sahati Brigades said on Facebook.

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Syria Opposition Demands 'Radical Change'

Syria's opposition factions called Saturday for "radical democratic change" in the war-torn country ahead of April talks aimed at unifying their plan for a political solution to the conflict.

In a two-day conference held in Cairo, the regime-tolerated opposition met with members of the exiled National Coalition and agreed on a 10-point vision, as well as announcing fresh talks slated for April.

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U.N. Accuses Israel of Razing Homes of 77 Palestinians

The United Nations has accused Israel of illegally demolishing the homes of 77 Palestinians, mostly children, this week in annexed east Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank.

"In the past three days, 77 Palestinians, over half of them children, have been made homeless," the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement issued Friday evening.

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Thousands Rally against Shiite Militia in Yemen Capital

Thousands of Yemenis took to the streets of Sanaa Saturday in the biggest protest yet against a Shiite militia takeover of the capital that has plunged the country into turmoil.

The demonstration came as regions in the formerly independent south stepped up their defiance after the Shiite militiamen, who hail from Yemen's northern highlands and are known as Huthis, tightened their grip on Sanaa.

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Yemen Upheaval Deals Blow to U.S. Fight against AQAP

With the collapse of the government in Sanaa, the United States has lost a reliable partner in its fight against Al-Qaida in Yemen with potentially dire consequences, officials and experts said Friday.

The result could mean an emboldened Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), able to operate more freely amid political turmoil and without pressure from U.S.-trained government forces.

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Four Years after Egypt Revolt, Jails Clogged with Activists

Zyad el-Elaimy was among millions who rallied to overthrow Hosni Mubarak in 2011, but four years later he is visiting some of them who are now in jail while the ousted strongman edges closer to release from prison.

The jubilation that had marked Mubarak's toppling -- a key event of the 2011 Arab Spring --  is dead, and activists say an even more autocratic regime now rules the most populous Arab country.

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Little Hope of Breakthrough as Russia Hosts Syria Talks

Russia plans to bring together members of the Syrian regime and opposition in a new push to resuscitate talks on ending the country's nearly four-year civil war, although hopes of a breakthrough are slim.

The January 26-29 behind closed doors talks will include Syria's regime-tolerated domestic opposition and members of Bashar Assad's government but not the Western-backed exiled National Coalition.

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