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'Extremist' Syrians Arrested in Bekaa Ambush

The army arrested on Saturday a group of “extremist” Syrians near the town of Beit Lahya in the Bekaa.

"Army intelligence was able to detain several extremist Syrians in an ambush near Beit Layha,” the state-run National News Agency reported.

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Young Algerians Say Bouteflika Win Dashes Hopes for Change

A day after Algeria's ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika won a fourth term, many young people in the oil-rich nation wonder if the next generation will ever have a chance to rule.

Results announced on Friday by Interior Minister Tayeb Belaiz showed that Bouteflika, 77, won 81.53 percent of the votes in an election marred by low turnout and opposition claims of fraud.

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Prominent Pakistani Journalist Survives Gun Attack

Unknown gunmen on motorbikes opened fire at a prominent Pakistani television anchor on a busy road in the southern port city of Karachi on Saturday, officials said.

Hamid Mir, who hosts a popular talk show on Pakistan's Geo News channel, was travelling to his office from the airport when his car came under attack, senior police official Peer Muhammad Shah told Agence France Presse.

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Bassem Youssef Goes off Air to Avoid Influencing Voters

Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef will stay off the air until after next month's presidential election to avoid influencing voters, his television network said on Saturday.

The May 26-27 vote is widely expected to be won by former army chief Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, who is riding a wave of popularity after ousting Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in July 2013.

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Northern Ireland Paramilitary Figure Shot Dead

A former leading figure in the Continuity IRA dissident republican paramilitary group has been shot dead, Northern Irish police said Saturday.

Tommy Crossan, 43, once the Belfast leader of the Irish Republican Army splinter group, was shot several times Friday while sitting in an office in the Northern Irish capital.

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Car Bomb Kills Two, Wounds One in Bahrain

Two people were killed Saturday when their car exploded in a Shiite village in Bahrain, the interior ministry said, although it was unclear whether the vehicle itself had been targeted.

A third person was wounded in the blast and taken to hospital as civil defense personnel were hurt in a separate explosion, the ministry said.

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Kidnapped Foreign Journalists Still Held in Syria

Several foreign reporters remain captive in Syria, dubbed by a media watchdog as the most dangerous country for journalists, after four French colleagues were freed Saturday after 10 months in captivity.

Thirteen major international news organisations, including the New York Times, BBC News, Reuters, The Associated Press and Agence France-Presse, said in December that more than 30 journalists were being held in the war-ravaged country.

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Arak Heavy Water Reactor Dispute 'Virtually Solved'

Iran's dispute with world powers over its unfinished Arak heavy water reactor has been "virtually resolved," it said Saturday, less than a month before nuclear talks seeking a permanent agreement.

The facility -- whose remaining components Iran cannot commission or install under an interim agreement struck in November -- is of international concern as it could theoretically give Tehran a second route to a nuclear bomb.

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'Friendly' Meeting between Aoun, LF Delegates as Both Parties Agree to Attend Wednesday's Parliament Session

A Lebanese Forces delegation met with Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun on Saturday afternoon, and handed him over a copy of the LF leader's presidential program.

The delegation included MPs Sethrida Geagea, Joseph al-Maalouf, Fadi Karam, former minister Toni Karam and member of the party's Executive Committee Eddy Abi al-Lamaa.

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Mashnouq Announces Plan, with Hizbullah Cooperation, to Help Lebanese Escape Tfeil

Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq announced on Saturday a plan to help citizens “safely” escape the Lebanese town of Tfeil, which is located inside Syria.

The plan involves securing a safe passage supervised by Lebanese forces and which would allow the village's residents to escape "without being subjected to any Syrian gunman."

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