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Turkey Police Hunt Nine Suspects in Wire-Tapping Probe

Turkish authorities were on Wednesday hunting for nine police intelligence officers still on the run after a massive operation against suspected illegal wire-tapping resulted in the arrest of over 100 people.

A total of 105 serving and former top police officers have so far been detained since early morning raids were launched on Tuesday in Istanbul and other cities, including the capital Ankara as well as Izmir and Diyarbakir.

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March 14 Slams Attacks on Iraqis, Christians, Says 'Hariri's Roadmap Most Suitable for Lebanese Endurance'

The March 14 forces on Wednesday noted that the roadmap proposed by al-Mustaqbal movement leader MP Saad Hariri is “the most suitable” for Lebanon's endurance in the face of the current developments, stressing that the election of a new president has become “more than necessary.”

“In the face of the rapid developments in the region, from the battered Gaza that is standing tall against the Israeli killing machine to Iraq that is reeling under the hammers of terrorism and dictatorship, not to mention Syria, the (March 14) General Secretariat underlines that the election of a new president according to the Constitution and the Lebanese political system's mechanisms has become more than necessary to foil the impending threats,” it said.

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Jumblat: Only Palestine Can Bestow Legitimacy on Arab Rulers

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat on Wednesday lashed out at the rulers of Arab countries and their stance on the relentless Israeli assault against the Gaza Strip, noting that “the human remains of martyrs will fire back at them all.”

Jumblat also blasted the stances of Russia, the United States, Germany, Iran and France.

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Zimbabwe Arrests Chinese Man for Ammunition Possession

Zimbabwean police have arrested a Chinese man in possession of ivory, gold and large quantities of ammunition, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Wongai Huo, 51, was arrested on Tuesday with 33,000 rounds of assorted ammunition at his offices in the capital Harare, according to police spokeswoman Charity Charamba.

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French Court Approves Brussels Shooter's Extradition to Belgium

France's final appeals court Wednesday cleared the extradition to Belgium of a French-Algerian man suspected of carrying out a deadly shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels.

The decision by the Cour de Cassation was no surprise as Mehdi Nemmouche, 29, had dropped an appeal against his extradition.

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Two Blasts Hit Nigeria's Kaduna City, at Least 42 Killed

Two bombings in a key Nigerian city targeting a prominent cleric and a former head-of-state killed at least 42 people on Wednesday, in the latest violence blamed on Boko Haram Islamists.

Officials ordered everyone off the streets and imposed an around-the-clock curfew to restore order in the targeted city of Kaduna, as rescue workers raced to care for the dozens of wounded.

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Sisi Defends Egypt Peace Efforts for Gaza

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Wednesday defended Egypt's role in trying to broker a Gaza truce between Israel and Hamas, which accuses him of proposing a ceasefire favorable to Israel.

Unlike his Islamist predecessor Mohammed Morsi whom he toppled and detained last year, ex-army chief Sisi has sought to isolate the militant Palestinian movement in the neighboring Gaza Strip.

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Shebab Militants Shoot Dead Famed Somali Singer and MP

Somali lawmaker and prominent singer-songwriter Saado Ali Warsame was shot dead Wednesday in the capital Mogadishu in the latest attack by Shebab insurgents against the government, police and witnesses said.

The shooting, with gunmen spraying her car with bullets before escaping, is the latest in a string of shootings or bombings targeting government officials.

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Libya Power Handover Agreed as Airport Battle Rages On

The General National Congress, which has governed violence-wracked Libya since dictator Moammar Gadhafi's overthrow, said Wednesday it will hand over legislative power to a newly elected parliament on August 4.

But hopes that the announcement would signal an end to fighting among rival factions were dashed as a more than week-long battle intensified for control of Tripoli airport.

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Syria Wants 'Objectivity and Integrity' from New U.N. Envoy

Damascus on Wednesday said it welcomes the nomination of Staffan de Mistura as new U.N. peace envoy, while demanding he show "objectivity and integrity" in pursuing his Syria mission.

The Italian-Swedish diplomat was on July 10 named to replace hugely respected Algerian Lakhdar Brahimi, who resigned in May after two frustrating rounds of peace talks between the regime and rebels ended in failure.

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