Al Bawaba - News http://www.albawaba.com/news/%2A en Egypt's interim president rules out pardoning activists http://www.albawaba.com/news/egypt-activists-569909 <p><a href="http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/04/18/359113/egypt-rejects-to-pardon-jailed-activists/" target="_blank">Egypt’s interim President Adly Mahmoud Mansour</a> has ruled out clemency for <a href="http://www.albawaba.com/news/egypt-activists-567170" target="_blank">three prominent anti-regime activists</a> serving jail terms.</p> <p>Local media said Mansour turned down calls for pardon by National Council for Human Rights, saying he did not want to interfere in the judiciary's affairs.</p> <div class="field field-type-imceimage field-field-headline-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/news/egypt-activists-569909" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb imagecache-linked imagecache-article_headline_thumb_linked"><img src="http://albawabacdn.albawabamiddleea.netdna-cdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_headline_thumb/im/adly_mansour_681600881.jpg" alt="1,400 people have been killed in political clashes since July 2013 according to Amnesty International (File/AFP)" title="1,400 people have been killed in political clashes since July 2013 according to Amnesty International (File/AFP)" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb" width="147" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-computed field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.presstv.ir" title="Press TV" target="_blank"><img src="http://pub.syndigate.info/logos/small/701.png" title="Press TV" border="0" /></a> Copyright © 2014 Press TV. 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(AFP/File)" title="There are signs that the opposition’s foreign backers are trying to reverse the tide and salvage what is left of the waning insurgency. (AFP/File)" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb" width="147" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-computed field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk" title="The Independent" target="_blank"><img src="http://pub.syndigate.info/logos/small/1580.png" title="The Independent" border="0" /></a> Copyright © Independent Print Limited </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.albawaba.com/news/syria-opposition-569652" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.albawaba.com/news/syria-opposition-569652#comments NEWS Opinions & Editorials Saudi Arabia Syria Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:00:00 +0000 569652 at http://www.albawaba.com Judge issues 30 arrest warrants for suspects linked to Tripoli clashes http://www.albawaba.com/news/tripoli-clashes-lebanon-569827 <p><a href="http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2014/Apr-17/253675-30-arrest-warrants-for-tripoli-clashes-suspects.ashx#axzz2y63dxNop" target="_blank">Military Investigative Judge&nbsp;Fadi Sawwan</a>&nbsp;issued 30 arrest warrants in absentia against suspects involved in Syria-linked clashes in the northern city of Tripoli.</p> <p>Sawwan also interrogated Bassam al-Dayekh, a militia commander in Bab al-Tabbaneh, who was arrested earlier this week, and issued an arrest warrant against him.</p> <div class="field field-type-imceimage field-field-headline-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/news/tripoli-clashes-lebanon-569827" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb imagecache-linked imagecache-article_headline_thumb_linked"><img src="http://albawabacdn.albawabamiddleea.netdna-cdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_headline_thumb/im/Lebanon_Lebanese_army_deploys_in_Tripoli_AFP.jpg" alt="Clashes are common in Tripoli, since the crisis in Syria intensified (File/AFP)" title="Clashes are common in Tripoli, since the crisis in Syria intensified (File/AFP)" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb" width="147" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-computed field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.dailystar.com.lb/" title="The Daily Star" target="_blank"><img src="http://pub.syndigate.info/logos/small/23.png" title="The Daily Star" border="0" /></a> Copyright © 2014, The Daily Star. 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(AFP/File)" title="Altercations at al Aqsa mosque have heightened tensions between Israelis and Palestinians. (AFP/File)" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb" width="147" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-computed field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.presstv.ir" title="Press TV" target="_blank"><img src="http://pub.syndigate.info/logos/small/701.png" title="Press TV" border="0" /></a> Copyright © 2014 Press TV. 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(Photo courtesy of fanack.com)" title="Israel has kidnapped Lebanese shepherds before. (Photo courtesy of fanack.com)" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb" width="147" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-computed field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.naharnet.com" title="Naharnet" target="_blank"><img src="http://pub.syndigate.info/logos/small/1068.png" title="Naharnet" border="0" /></a> Naharnet © 2014 </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.albawaba.com/news/israel-lebanon-569718" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.albawaba.com/news/israel-lebanon-569718#comments NEWS Conflict With Israel Main headlines Israel Lebanon Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:48:40 +0000 569718 at http://www.albawaba.com Israeli, Palestinian envoys to resume talks with U.S. today http://www.albawaba.com/news/israel-palestine-569675 <p><a title="israel palestine" href="https://www.google.jo/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0CCoQqQIwAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.albawaba.com%2Fnews%2Fpalestine-israel-569286&amp;ei=GpFPU6m2MqPo7AaKnYHoAg&amp;usg=AFQjCNEr-qcrq-jjkhMVChFlxD2cOcUV7g&amp;bvm=bv.64764171,d.ZGU" target="_blank">Israeli-Palestinian talks are scheduled to resume Thursday,</a> following a one-day postponement.</p> <div class="field field-type-imceimage field-field-headline-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/news/israel-palestine-569675" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb imagecache-linked imagecache-article_headline_thumb_linked"><img src="http://albawabacdn.albawabamiddleea.netdna-cdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_headline_thumb/im/peacetalks-livni-qurei.jpg" alt="Both Israeli and Palestinian negotiation teams will meet with U.S. envoy Martin Indyk (File Archive/AFP)" title="Both Israeli and Palestinian negotiation teams will meet with U.S. envoy Martin Indyk (File Archive/AFP)" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb" width="147" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-computed field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.jpost.com" title="Jpost.com (The Jerusalem Post online edition)" target="_blank"><img src="http://pub.syndigate.info/logos/small/1492.png" title="Jpost.com (The Jerusalem Post online edition)" border="0" /></a> All rights reserved © The Jerusalem Post 1995 - 2014 </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.albawaba.com/news/israel-palestine-569675" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.albawaba.com/news/israel-palestine-569675#comments NEWS Main headlines Regional News Israel Palestine Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:39:39 +0000 569675 at http://www.albawaba.com Best of frenemies: The long-lasting cold peace between Cairo and Tel Aviv http://www.albawaba.com/news/egypt-israel-569005 <p><a href="http://www.albawaba.com/news/egypt-sisi-president-564442" target="_blank">Should Sisi be elected as president of Egypt as is generally assumed</a>, he will have to decide whether to go along with the cold peace or to take the bold decision to promote cooperation with Israel for the greater benefit of both countries.</p> <p><a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/this-day-in-politics-egypt-israel-march-26-1979-105014.html" target="_blank">The peace treaty between Israel and Egypt turned 35 last month.</a></p> <div class="field field-type-imceimage field-field-headline-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/news/egypt-israel-569005" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb imagecache-linked imagecache-article_headline_thumb_linked"><img src="http://albawabacdn.albawabamiddleea.netdna-cdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_headline_thumb/im/israel_egypt_peace_treaty.jpg" alt="The peace treaty between Israel and Egypt - signed by Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin and witnessed by US president Jimmy Carter in 1979 - turned 35 last month. (Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)" title="The peace treaty between Israel and Egypt - signed by Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin and witnessed by US president Jimmy Carter in 1979 - turned 35 last month. (Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb" width="147" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-computed field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.jpost.com" title="Jpost.com (The Jerusalem Post online edition)" target="_blank"><img src="http://pub.syndigate.info/logos/small/1492.png" title="Jpost.com (The Jerusalem Post online edition)" border="0" /></a> All rights reserved © The Jerusalem Post 1995 - 2014 </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.albawaba.com/news/egypt-israel-569005" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.albawaba.com/news/egypt-israel-569005#comments NEWS Behind The News Egypt Israel Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:00:00 +0000 569005 at http://www.albawaba.com