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Authorities in Egypt arrest top Sinai militant

CAIRO — Egyptian security forces said they arrested a top wanted militant Saturday in the Sinai Peninsula suspected of killing 25 off-duty police officers in one of the restive area’s deadliest attacks. Meanwhile, authorities arrested another top figure from the Muslim Brotherhood group of Mohammed Morsi, the former president. The group’s supporters have held near-daily protests against the Islamist’s ouster in a July 3 coup. (AP)

Iraq

Hundreds protest perks of lawmakers

BAGHDAD — Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets of Iraqi cities on Saturday to protest lawmakers’ perks despite an intense security crackdown, while gunmen in the capital stormed a Sunni mosque and killed five at dawn in the latest bout of sectarian unrest rocking the country. Protest organizers demanded an end to what they say are generous pension benefits granted to members of Parliament. Demonstrators also aired longstanding grievances about widespread corruption. (AP)

Tunisia

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Marchers demand government resign

TUNIS — Thousands of Tunisians marched through the capital Saturday calling for the resignation of the Islamist-led government as the nation’s political crisis deepens. The march was organized by a coalition of opposition groups known as the National Salvation Front, which is calling for the resignation of the government and the dissolution of the assembly elected in 2011 to write the constitution. (AP)

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