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Obama urges Palestinian leader to take risks for peace with Israel

Obama urges Palestinian leader to take risks for peace with Israel

  President Barack Obama on Monday urged Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to make tough decisions and take risks for peace with Israel, saying he hoped to see progress in U.S.-brokered negotiations in coming weeks. In White House talks overshadowed by the Ukraine...

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Middle East Egypt vows 'decisive' steps after deadly raid

Middle East Egypt vows 'decisive' steps after deadly raid

Egypt's interim government has pledged "decisive" action and ordered heightened security after armed men killed six soldiers at a Cairo checkpoint. The shooting on Saturday morning came two days after armed men killed a soldier in Cairo, as fighters once based in the Sinai Peninsula...

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Israel bombs Gaza militants after intensive rocket fire

Israel bombs Gaza militants after intensive rocket fire

Israel bombed 29 targets in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, the Israeli military said, after Palestinian militants in the coastal territory fired 60 rockets into Israel in the heaviest such barrage since 2012. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had ordered the...

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Egypt's army blames Muslim Brotherhood for attack on army bus

Egypt's army blames Muslim Brotherhood for attack on army bus

Egypt's army blamed the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood for an attack on an army bus which killed one officer and wounded three others in the capital on Thursday, violence underscoring growing security threats to the military-backed government. Masked gunmen had opened fire on...

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Death of Turkish boy hurt in protests triggers further unrest

Death of Turkish boy hurt in protests triggers further unrest

Protesters clashed with police in Turkey's two biggest cities on Tuesday after the death of a 15-year-old boy who was hit in the head by a tear-gas canister during anti-government demonstrations last summer. Police fired water cannon and tear gas to disperse crowds in Istanbul and...

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Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian at Jordan crossing

Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian at Jordan crossing

Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian judge from Jordan on Monday in an altercation at a crossing point between Jordan and the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Palestinian officials said. The Israeli military said the man had tried to seize a soldier's gun at the Allenby bridge,...

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Egypt issues presidential election law

Egypt issues presidential election law

Egypt's interim president has signed into law a bill aimed at regulating the upcoming presidential election, paving the way for army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to take part and win. Adly Mansour , the interim president, issued the decree on Saturday with the elections commission...

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Al Qaeda-linked militants in Lebanon apologize for civilian deaths

Al Qaeda-linked militants in Lebanon apologize for civilian deaths

A Sunni Lebanese militant group linked to al Qaeda has apologized for the civilian casualties of a suicide bombing last month and said its fight was against Iran and its ally Hezbollah, not Shi'ites in general. The Abdullah Azzam Brigades took credit for a February 19 attack on Shi'ite...

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Bombings, shootings kill 22 in Iraq

Bombings, shootings kill 22 in Iraq

A dozen bombings in central Iraq and two shootings in the north killed 22 people Thursday, officials and doctors said, as the country suffers its worst violence in years. Iraq has been hit by a year-long surge in bloodshed that has reached levels not seen since 2008, driven by...

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10 million children in Mideast to get polio vaccine: UN

10 million children in Mideast to get polio vaccine: UN

Millions of children in the Middle East will be vaccinated against polio this month after the crippling disease resurfaced in conflict-hit Syria, the United Nations said Sunday. Mass vaccinations have already been launched in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Syria, while a similar campaign in...

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Ultra-Orthodox Jews stage mass protest against Israeli draft law

Ultra-Orthodox Jews stage mass protest against Israeli draft law

Hundreds of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews held a mass prayer in Jerusalem on Sunday in protest at a bill that would cut their community's military exemptions and end a tradition upheld since Israel's foundation. Ultra-Orthodox leaders had called on their men, women and children...

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Turkish opposition challenges law tightening judicial control

Turkish opposition challenges law tightening judicial control

Turkey's main opposition party asked the top court on Friday to overturn a law tightening government control of the judiciary, which it sees as a bid by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan to snuff out a corruption scandal. Hours after the law was enacted late on Thursday, Justice...

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Islamic group slams anti-polio vaccine fatwas

Islamic group slams anti-polio vaccine fatwas

An Islamic group met Wednesday to quash fatwas (religious edicts) ruling that polio vaccines cause infertility, Al Arabiya News Channel reported “The whole world rejects such fatwas that polio vaccines cause infertility,” Abbas Chouman, a senior official at Cairo’s al-Azhar...

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Amnesty says some Israeli West Bank killings may be war crimes

Amnesty says some Israeli West Bank killings may be war crimes

Israeli forces are using excessive, reckless violence in the occupied West Bank, killing dozens of Palestinians over the past three years in what might constitute a war crime, Amnesty International said on Thursday. In a report entitled "Trigger Happy", the human rights group...

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Iraqi leaders give conflicting answers on reported Iran arms deal

Iraqi leaders give conflicting answers on reported Iran arms deal

Iraqi officials gave contradictory accounts on Tuesday about whether or not Baghdad had agreed to buy $195 million worth of arms and ammunition from  Iran  as reported by Reuters, a deal that if confirmed could damage Iraqi-U.S. relations. The Defence Ministry denied any such...

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Lebanese village faces 'existential' battle

Lebanese village faces 'existential' battle

Jerd Arsal, Lebanese-Syrian border  - On the blurry border line between Syria and Lebanon lies a small stone building hidden in the rugged, mountainous terrain. It is a "surveillance centre" set up by rebels to monitor the "potential infiltration" of Shia Hezbollah fighters...

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Egypt government resigns, paving way for Sisi to seek presidency

Egypt government resigns, paving way for Sisi to seek presidency

Egypt's government resigned on Monday, paving the way for army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to declare his candidacy for president of a strategic U.S. ally gripped by political strife. After the July overthrow of elected Islamist President Mohamed Mursi and subsequent crackdown...

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Exclusive: Testing detente, U.S. firms move to sell jet parts to Iran

Exclusive: Testing detente, U.S. firms move to sell jet parts to Iran

 U.S. aerospace companies are seeking permission to sell airliner parts to  Iran  for the first time in three decades, in a key test of the temporary relief on sanctions given under talks to curtail Iran's nuclear activities. At least two leading manufacturers, ...

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