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Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Duterte declares Philippine communist rebels 'terrorists'
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte today declared communist rebels "terrorists", his spokesman said, weeks after cancelling peace talks with groups waging one of Asia's longest-running insurgencies. In an attempt to boost negotiations, Duterte last year freed top rebel leaders from prison and met them at the presidential palace, but the peace process quickly soured after deadly attacks against soldiers and police angered the president. Duterte signed an order Tuesday declaring two communist groups "terrorist organisations", but it would require court approval to go into effect, his spokesman Harry Roque told reporters.

Saudi, allies snub Qatar at crisis-hit Gulf summit
Gulf powerhouse Saudi Arabia snubbed its former regional ally Qatar at the annual summit today of regional monarchies as King Salman stayed away despite the presence of the Qatari emir. The crisis-hit Gulf Cooperation Council summit was going ahead in Kuwait City but amid uncertainty over which leaders from among Riyadh and its allies would join their Qatari rival for the talks. The future of the six-nation GCC -- formed 36 years ago to bring together energy-rich Sunni Arab Gulf states -- appeared to be hanging in the balance.

Egypt police arrest fugitive ex-interior minister Adly
Egyptian police arrested former interior minister Habib al-Adly who had been on the run to avoid serving a prison sentence for embezzlement, his lawyer told AFP. Adly, whose iron-fisted command of the country's police helped fuel a 2011 uprising that unseated longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak, was arrested in Cairo, lawyer Essam al-Batawy said.State television also reported Adly's arrest.He was sentenced in April to seven years in prison along with 10 other former officials for embezzling about $122 million.

He had been a fugitivesince then. He had contested his sentence which an appeals court will examine in January. Adly had previously been acquitted of charges of responsibility for the deaths of protesters during the anti- Mubarak uprising.

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