Egypt protesters, police clash at presidential palace

Thousands of protesters denouncing Egypt's president marched on his palace in Cairo on Friday, clashing with security forces firing tear gas and water cannons in the eighth day of the country's wave of political violence.

Protests were held in cities around the country on Friday after a call for rallies by opponents of President Mohammed Morsi.

Around 60 people have been killed in protests, rioting and clashes that engulfed the country the past week in country's worst crisis since the 2011 fall of autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

Around 6,000 protesters massed outside Morsi's presidential palace in an upscale district of the capital, banging on the gates and throwing stones and shoes into the grounds in a show of contempt. At least one firebomb was thrown through the gates as crowds chanted, "Leave, leave," addressing Morsi.

Security forces inside the palace responded by firing water cannons at the crowd, then volleys of tear gas. A tree inside the palace grounds caught fire. Riot police moved in outside the gates, sending the protesters scattering for cover, but then they surged back. "This is all because of Morsi!" one shouted.

Thousands more rallied in central Tahrir Square, while a larger crowd marched through the Suez Canal city of Port Said, which witnessed the worst clashes and highest casualties, pumping their fists in the air and chanting, "Leave, leave, Morsi."

The wave of protests began around rallies marking the second anniversary of the event that toppled Mubarak.

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Spiritual leader lauds Iran's efforts in resolving crisis in Syria

Spiritual Leader, Sheikh Naim Hassan, on Friday lauded the efforts made by the Islamic Republic of Iran in resolving political crisis in Syria,according to IRNA.

Hassan made the remark in a meeting with Iran's Ambassador to Beirut, Ghazanfar Rokn-Abadi, on Friday.

In the meeting, the two sides reviewed regional developments, Lebanon's events in particular.

On Syrian developments, he said they want the issue be resolved through political means and all call for restoration of tranquility and stability to Syria  as soon as possible.

Regarding significant role of Iran and its outstanding stands in regional developments, he said Iran plays leading role in resolving the issue through political means.

The Iranian ambassador, for his part briefed the Druze spiritual leader of Iran's efforts in putting an end to crisis in Syria and said Zionist regime is the root cause of all problems in the region and the recent air raids of the Zionist regime to a research center around Damascus proves the claim.

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Terrorists Attack Grain Warehouse in Syria, Send Stolen Goods to Turkey

Armed terrorists  attacked and robbed a grain warehouse in Northeastern Syria and then sent the stolen goods to Turkey,according to FNA.

The terrorists raided al-Moshirfa grain warehouse in Ain Eissa city in al-Raqa region in Northeastern Syria and fled into Turkey with a large quantity of stolen goods.

Meantime, the Syrian army has seized two ambulances with Turkish and French number plates. The vehicles which had entered Syria via the Turkish border were used for undercover operations of terrorist and rebel groups.

Terrorists have tried hard in the last few months to make Syrian cities unsafe, specially for citizens, but the army has purged them from most neighborhoods and districts, killed hundreds of them and arrested many more.

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Omani FM deplores lack of Security Council resolve to help end Syrian crisis

 Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf Bin Alawai on Wednesday expressed concern about lack of resolve by the United Nations Security Council to help end bloodshed and humanitarian crisis in Syria,according to FNA.

He made the remarks in a meeting with Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi in Tehran.

UNSC is the only eligible international organization which can help resolve the humanitarian crisis in Syria, he said.

There is no consensus between members of United Nations Security Council to end the humanitarian crisis in Syria, he said.

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Iran restates strong support for Syria

TEHRAN,(ST)_Syria and Iran stand by principles of right, justices and sovereignty and reject foreign dictations, Iran's President said on Tuesday.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also added in a meeting with Syria's Grand Mufti, Sheikh Ahmad BadereddinHasson, in Tehran that sanctions being imposed on the two countries enhance adherence to these principles to serve not only the peoples of Iran and Syria but also the whole region.

"Part of the region's countries has become a tool in western hands to notch up the west's goals in the Middle East region."

As for the 26th International Islamic Unity Conference held in Tehran, the Iranian president praised the outcomes and ideas presented by Sheikh Hasson to enhance clergymen's role in disseminating culture of justice and resistance.

The Mufti thanked Iran's attitude that backs Syria in confronting the US-Western plot, noting that the armed terrorist groups has destroyed dozens of factories, hospitals, and economic centers.

"Unity of Islamic nation's people is the best way to confront enemies' conspiracy that aims to foment sedition."

Larijani blames some countries 

In another meeting between the Syrian Mufti and Iran's Shura Council Speaker, Ali Larijani, the talks also focused on crisis in Syria.

Larijani said: "“Nothing could hamper continuation of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s all-out support for Syrian government and people under the current circumstances.”

Press TV quoted Larijani as saying: "“The Zionist regime (Israel) will benefit the most from undermining Syria in the current situation in the region.”

He restated Iran's support for the political plan outlined by President Bashar al-Assad to resolve the crisis in Syria, adding: "the western and regional countries that back terrorism in Syria are responsible for the Syrian bloodshed," according to SANA.

The Mufti, for his part, said that Syria and Iran are being targeted because of their support for the Palestinian cause and the Palestinian people's rights.

Khamenei warns of sedition

Sheikh Hasson also attended another meeting with the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei.

Khamenei warned against the danger of fomenting seditions and sectarianism among the Islamic nation's people, saying that this would lead to pay no attention to the Palestinian cause.

Iran hosted the 26th International Islamic Unity Conference on January 27-28 where representatives of 102 countries took part.

BasmaQaddour