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Saudi Arabia sentences al-Qaeda members to death

A Saudi court has sentenced eight people to death and 77 others to prison on charges related to attacks against expatriate residential compounds in the country's capital more than a decade ago, the official press agency said.

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Dozens killed in #Iraq attacks and bombings

A destroyed vehicle is removed from the site of a car bomb explosion in Suweirah where 12 people died [AFP]Suicide bombings and other attacks across Iraq have killed at least 33 people and wounded another 80, in a surge of violence as the country counts down to parliamentary elections.

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#Bahrain sacks prisons chief after escape

Bahrain's interior minister has ordered the dismissal of the country's prisons chief after two inmates escaped from a main jail, his office said.

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#Kuwait papers suspended over coup plot story

A Kuwaiti court has temporarily suspended the publication of two independent newspapers over articles about a secret probe into allegations of a coup plot to overthrow the Gulf monarchy's government, the official state news agency reported.

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Israeli air strikes hit @Hamas targets in #Gaza

Seven Israeli air strikes have bombarded the Gaza Strip, hitting training targets held by the Palestinian group Hamas and injuring four of its members.

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Hamas and Fatah to discuss reconciliation

A senior Hamas leader based in Egypt is in Gaza for talks aimed at reaching a reconciliation agreement between the two rival Palestinian groups, Hamas and Fatah, the Associated Press news agency reports.

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More barrel bombs hit Syria's Aleppo

Activists have claimed that Syrian warplanes have targeted the neighbourhood of al-Fardous in Aleppo city with barrel bombs, killing at least 40 people.

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#Syria presidential date fixed for June 3

President Assad visited the Christian town of Maaloula, which his forces recaptured last week [Reuters]Syria will hold presidential elections that are expected to return President Bashar al-Assad to office on June 3, the country's parliamentary speaker has said.

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Drone strikes kill al-Qaeda suspects in #Yemen

Authorities stepped up security measures a day after a drone attack killed 10 suspected al-Qaeda members [Reuters]Yemen's interior ministry says 55 members of al-Qaeda have been killed in an hours-long series of strikes on a training camp operated by the group in the country's south.

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#Israel 'blocks' UN envoy from Easter service

A United Nations envoy has accused Israel of trying to block him and other diplomats from a pre-Easter "Holy Fire" ritual in the packed Jerusalem church Christians revere as the burial site of Jesus.

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