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US to help Egypt restore hundreds of pharaonic era coffins

US to help Egypt restore hundreds of pharaonic era coffins

Egypt will restore hundreds of coffins dating back thousands of years to the time of the pharaohs as part of a joint American-Egyptian project to document and preserve one of the world's oldest civilisations, a director of the project said on Tuesday.

Turkey Kurd leader risks up to 142 years in jail

Turkey Kurd leader risks up to 142 years in jail

Turkish prosecutors are demanding up to 142 years in prison for pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) co-leader Selahattin Demirtas on charges of links to Kurdish militants, state media said on Tuesday.

Nuclear deal renegotiation talk "meaningless": Rouhani

Nuclear deal renegotiation talk "meaningless": Rouhani

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that he was optimistic about the future of the nuclear deal Tehran signed with world powers, and said that US President-elect Trump cannot unilaterally cancel the accord.

Iraqi forces push into IS-held pocket in Mosul

Iraqi forces push into IS-held pocket in Mosul

Iraqi special forces pushed into a pocket of Islamic State-held territory in eastern Mosul on Tuesday, the military said, seeking to recapture the remaining districts under the group's control east of the Tigris river.

Embattled Syria troops clash with IS in Deir Ezzor

Embattled Syria troops clash with IS in Deir Ezzor

Syrian government forces clashed with Islamic State group fighters for a fourth day on Tuesday in an eastern city where a jihadist assault has left more than 100 dead, a monitor said.

Saudi health emergency after mass food poisoning

Saudi health emergency after mass food poisoning

Saudi authorities blamed a small-town restaurant for a food poisoning outbreak that struck at least 150 people and sparked a declaration of a health emergency, media said on Tuesday.

Sisi says cabinet reshuffle 'very soon'

Sisi says cabinet reshuffle 'very soon'

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will reshuffle his cabinet soon, he told state newspapers in an interview published on Tuesday.

Istanbul nightclub attacker captured, admits guilt

Istanbul nightclub attacker captured, admits guilt

Turkish police have captured the gunman who killed 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Day after a two-week manhunt, authorities said on Tuesday, seizing him with four other suspects at a hideout.

Kyrgyzstan recovers bodies from plane crash site

Kyrgyzstan recovers bodies from plane crash site

Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday was observing a day of mourning as it recovered the bodies of the dozens of people killed when a Turkish cargo plane crashed into a village outside the capital a day ago.

Saudi: Trump stance on Iran, IS cause for optimism

Saudi: Trump stance on Iran, IS cause for optimism

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said yesterday he was positive about the way the incoming US administration wanted to restore American influence in the world, contain Iran and fight Islamic State.

Iraqi forces battle IS near Tigris river in Mosul

Iraqi forces battle IS near Tigris river in Mosul

Iraqi special forces battled Islamic State militants in districts near the Tigris river in Mosul yesterday as they sought to bring more of the east of the city back under government control.

Lack of customers final nail for Lebanon coffin maker

Lack of customers final nail for Lebanon coffin maker

In a tiny workshop in Lebanon’s Tripoli, coffin maker Michel Homsi takes a drag on a cigarette, surrounded by his carefully crafted handiwork, waiting for customers that never seem to arrive.

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