U.N. peace envoy criticizes Israeli Easter security in Jerusalem

U.N. peace envoy criticizes Israeli Easter security in Jerusalem

By Allyn Fisher-Ilan JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli police refused to let the U.N.’s peace envoy to the Middle East, other diplomats and a crowd of Palestinians pass through a barricade to attend a pre-Easter ritual in the Jerusalem church that Christians revere as the burial site of Jesus, the U.N. official said on Saturday. The [...]

Two killed by bomb inside Bahrain car: ministry

Two killed by bomb inside Bahrain car: ministry

MANAMA (Reuters) – Two people were killed in a car that blew up in a mainly Shi’ite village in Bahrain on Saturday, and the interior ministry said the initial investigation showed that a homemade bomb had detonated inside the vehicle. In a separate incident, the ministry said a bomb wounded three civil defence officials as [...]

High stakes as restive Benghazi votes in Libyan local polls

High stakes as restive Benghazi votes in Libyan local polls

BENGHAZI (Reuters) – Libyan voters went to the polls on Saturday to elect municipal council members in 15 cities, including Benghazi, the country’s second city, which is seeking greater autonomy for the eastern seaboard region. With 41 more municipalities due to vote in the next three weeks, the elections pose an organizational and security challenge [...]

France’s oldest nuclear plant shut down after incident but no danger posed – EDF

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s oldest nuclear power plant, Fessenheim, was shut down on Saturday following an incident at the facility away from the reactor which did not pose any danger, operator EDF said. The accidental closing of a valve controlling the steam supply to the turbine generator automatically shut down Fessenheim’s reactor 2. Technicians were [...]

Egyptian court jails Muslim Brotherhood leader for insulting judiciary

CAIRO (Reuters) – An Egyptian court sentenced a leading figure of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed El-Beltagy, to one year in prison on Saturday for insulting the judiciary, the first sentence handed to a leader of the organization since it was outlawed last year, security and judicial sources said. Beltagy is standing trial along with former [...]

Gunmen kill two Egyptian policemen near Cairo

Gunmen kill two Egyptian policemen near Cairo

CAIRO (Reuters) – Gunmen killed an Egyptian intelligence officer and a policeman on a road outside Cairo in a late-night firefight, the Interior Ministry said on Sunday. The armed men fled the scene after shooting dead Captain Ashraf Badeer el-Qazaz of the intelligence service and a police conscript, the ministry said in a statement. The [...]

Two killed in Bahrain car explosion

MANAMA (Reuters) – Two people were killed and one wounded when a car blew up in a mainly Shi’ite village in Bahrain on Saturday, and the interior ministry said there were signs the vehicle had been carrying explosives. In a separate incident, the ministry said a homemade bomb wounded three civil defense officials as they [...]

Air strike kills 13 suspected militants in central Yemen: sources

By Mohamed Ghobari SANAA (Reuters) – An air strike killed 13 suspected al Qaeda militants in the central Yemeni province of al-Bayda on Saturday, security and tribal sources said. "An air strike targeted cars that suspected al Qaeda militants were in and killed 13 of them in the Sawma’a area of al-Bayda," a security source [...]

In Damascus, Christians briefly ignore war for Easter

In Damascus, Christians briefly ignore war for Easter

DAMASCUS (Reuters) – The sound of battles echoes from the outskirts of the capital as Christians in Damascus celebrated the Easter weekend, briefly ignoring the conflict for the yearly ritual. At the gates of Saint George Syrian Orthodox Church – just a few minutes walk from a school where a mortar attack killed several children [...]

Kidnapped French journalists found on Turkey’s Syrian border

Kidnapped French journalists found on Turkey’s Syrian border

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Four French journalists held hostage in Syria since June were found by Turkish soldiers on its border with Syria on Saturday, Turkish media reported, and French President Francois Hollande said the four were in good health. Nicolas Henin, Pierre Torres, Edouard Elias and Didier Francois were found in Sanliurfa province blindfolded with [...]