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? Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi “Spells Out Terms for U.S.-Arab Ties”.

? Following mass demonstrations against them, the militant Ansar Al-Sharia withdrew from Benghazi, Libya on Friday; and two more Islamist militias in Derna also withdrew.

? “The rebel Free Syrian Army . . . has announced that it has moved its command centre from Turkey to ‘liberated areas’ inside Syria.

? Pakistani Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour “offered $100,000 . . . to anyone who kills the maker of an online video [“Innocence of Muslims”] which insults Islam . . ..” He also invited Taliban and al Qaeda “brothers to join me in this blessed mission.” Meanwhile, at least 18 people were killed in Pakistan during furious riots in protest of the movie.

? UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez, after spending touring Morocco’s prisons and detention centers, and talking with “activists and civil society representatives”, said “Torture is systematic in Morocco for cases involving anti-government demonstrators and those accused of terrorism.”

? “Israel will eventually go beyond threats and will attack Iran, the commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards” said Saturday, warning that Israel “would be destroyed if it took such a step.” He added that “it’s not clear when the war will occur.”

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