CAIRO - An Egyptian real estate tycoon accused of hiring a hit man to kill his pop star lover was spared the death penalty Tuesday after a retrial changed his original sentence to 15 years in prison.

KABUL, Afghanistan - The eldest brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai said he is not aware of a criminal investigation into his activities, an inquiry he claims is more about political differences with the U.S.

DUBAI - An explosion in a car park damaged at least four cars in a town south of Bahraini capital Manama, but there were no reports of any casualties, a media report said.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Assailants targeting security officials in Bahrain set off an explosion Tuesday that damaged several parked cars in the first such attack since the country's Sunni-led rulers began a crackdown on suspected Shiite dissidents last month.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - U.S.
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