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Egyptian soldiers killed in Sanai

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The Associated Press reports 16 Egyptian soldiers were killed Sunday on the border between Gaza and Israel by masked gunmen, officials said. The gunmen drove off into Israel.

The attack took place during the troops' traditional meal at the end of the day during Ramadan. According to Egyptian state TV, the attack was by Islamist militants.

The Israeli military said one of the two vehicles the attackers drove away in blew up.

Israel's Defense Minister Ehud Barak said in a statement that Israel's military and the internal security agency "thwarted an attack that could have injured many. The militants' attack methods again raise the need for determined Egyptian action to enforce security and prevent terror in the Sinai."

According to Businessweek, U.S. official warned the increasing strength of radical Islamic groups in the Sinai Peninsula in the past year after the removal of Egypt's president, Hosni Mubarak.

Death toll in China rises to 77 after flooding

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After heavy rain in Beijing over the weekend, Chinese news agencies have reported at least 77 people dead, due to drowning.

BBC News reports 66 of the 77 bodies have been identified, according to authorities in the Chinese capital.

The rain fall in Beijing was the heaviest in decades, overwhelming the cities drainage systems, according to several news outlets.

According to the Atlantic Journal Constitution, Beijing officials recently updated the death toll from 37 to 77 after flood prevention officials attributed mudslides triggered by the rains to the inability to identify victims. The government said search efforts are ongoing in the cities.

Syrian drove rebels out of Damascus

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According to Newsday, rebels were driven out of a Damascus neighborhood, one of the most violent with fighting for six consecutive days, on Friday. Syrian troops and tanks cleared out the area where more than 300 were killed by protest bombing, according to activists, within one day.

The government announced the bomb took place Wednesday during a high-level security meeting in protest of the regime's leadership.

The LA Times reports the United Nations said in 48 hours, nearly 30,000 people fled from Syria to Lebanon to escape Damascus' heavy fighting. More than 200,000 people have been sent into exile to neighboring countries, including Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan, and 1 million residents have been displaced within Syria.

Tension in Egypt rises behind Morsi convening parliament

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CAIRO - Tension between Egypt's Islamist president and the country's military rises after a parliament meeting Tuesday, following its recent shutdown.

The New York Times reported President Mohamed Morsi summoned a decree for the newly dissolved parliament to meet. In this 15-minute meeting, the Parliament voted to appeal the court's decision to authorizing its shutdown.

The decree issued by the new president called the lawmakers back Sunday, but generals rejected his order. However, generals did nothing to stop lawmakers from gathering Tuesday at the Parliament building.

According to the Washington Post, the country's highest court ruled that Morsi did not have the right to reconstitute the body after the generals' decision.

The Post reported the agenda only focused on the Supreme Constitutional Court that ruled one-third of the lawmakers were appointed unlawfully, which resulted in the disband of parliament and call for new election.

NATO supply route through Pakistan reopens

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The Washington Post reports Pakistan's cabinet decided in favor of reopening the NATO supply route to trucks on Wednesday.

This reopening follows a U.S. apology after seven-month brigade when an American airstrike killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

A customs official at a main border crossing in Pakistan told the Post he had received government orders to allow the passing of trucks into Afghanistan at 2 p.m.

According to New York Daily News, a part of the deal to reopen the supply route is that Washington will release nearly $1.1 billion from a coalition support fund to reimburse Pakistan for counter-insurgency operations costs.

News sources report this is also a win for the U.S., as the blockade rerouted NATO supply trucks through a longer and more expensive route to Afghanistan through Central Asia.

Iranians charged in relation to Kenyan explosions

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Two Iranians were charged by a Kenyan court for possession of explosives Monday, according to AFP.

These charges occurred one day following a grenade attack in Mombasa that left three dead and wounding several others, according to news sources.

As reported by the AFP, according to documents presented in court, the Iranians were arrested last week in connection with planning bombings in Kenyan cities and possessing 15 kilos of RDX, a powerful explosive.

The Washington Post reports the two - Ahmed Abolfathi Mohammed and Sayed Mansour Mousavi - plead not guilty and were taken into custody.

Mubarak in critical condition

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Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak is in critical condition in the hospital with rapidly deteriotating health, the New York Times reports.

According to the Times, conflicting reports about Mubarak's condition included Mubarak being declared "clinically dead" after suffering a stroke and being put on life support.
According to an Interior Ministry spokesman, Mubarak was confirmed alive, but in critical condition, the Times reports.

Business Week reports retired Major General Sameh Seif el-Layzil said in an interview, Mubarak was transferred from the prison he was serving his life sentence to a military hospital for care.

Violence in Myanmar results in curfew

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YANGON, Myanmar - The Washington Post reports sectarian strife in Myanmar between Buddhists and Muslims has caused the president to declare a state of emergency. This declaration follows riots that took place in Rakhine last Friday that killed several and wounded others.

It is reported that the curfew was imposed in major towns across the western state. The dawn-to-dusk curfew runs for 12 hours from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

According to the Kuwait Times, groups of more than five people are banned from gathering in public. The Times also reported the large Muslim population, which includes the Rohingya, a widely persecuted minority, is often viewed with hostility in the dominant, mostly Buddhist state of Rahkine.

The ethnic and religious tensions between the social groups caused riots that left seven dead, 17 wounded and nearly 500 houses destroyed.

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