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Israel cancels Palestinian prisoner release

The release of prisoners is a contentious and emotional issue for both sides [AFP]Israel will not release the fourth batch of Palestinian prisoners because of renewed Palestinian efforts to join international organisations.

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Mubarak backs Sisi to win presidential poll

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has received backing for his presidential bid from former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, an Egyptian news website reported.

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Saudi sentences top al-Qaeda man to death

A Saudi court has sentenced to death the "chief strategist" of a wave of al-Qaeda violence that erupted in the kingdom in 2003, a decade after his reported arrest.

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Syrian refugees hit million mark in Lebanon

devastating milestone for a host community stretched to breaking pointThe number of Syrian refugees registered in Lebanon has exceeded one million, in what the UN refugee agency calls a "devastating milestone" for a small country with depleted resources and brewing sectarian tension.

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Kerry pushes for Israeli-Palestinian talks

Kerry said he would hold further talks with Netanyahu and Abbas, without giving any further details [AP]US Secretary of State John Kerry has demanded action from defiant Israeli and Palestinian leaders, saying negotiations are at a "critical moment" and they have to choose whether to make peace.

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Syrian self-immolation case reflects tragedy

A Syrian female refugee's self-immolation in front of the UN headquarters in the Lebanese capital has highlighted the plight of nearly 2.6 million displaced citizens from Syria.

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Security forces targeted in Yemen attack

Suspected fighters have attacked the southern command headquarters of the Yemeni army in the city of Aden using a car bomb and rocket propelled grenades, security officials and witnesses have said.

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Sisi's presidential rival 'faces funds probe'

Egypt's top prosecutor has called for a probe into funds allegedly received by the only serious rival of ex-army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in an upcoming presidential election, sources said.

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Activist group says Syria war killed 150,000

Death toll in the Syrian conflict has exceeded 150,000, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has documented violence on the ground since peaceful protests first broke out on March 2011 before quickly evolving into a raging war.

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Deadly explosions hit Cairo University

Wednesday's attacks were the latest by armed groups targeting security forces since the July coup [AFP]Two people, including a police brigadier-general, have been killed and seven others were wounded after a series of explosions outside Cairo University in Giza governorate, according to state media.

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