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Syrian army enters Homs neighbourhoods

Syrian army troops backed by pro-government militia members have entered rebel-held neighbourhoods of the central city of Homs after laying siege to the districts for nearly two years.

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Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood faces election ban

An Egyptian court has banned current and former members of the Muslim Brotherhood from taking part in upcoming presidential and legislative elections, amid new attacks targeting the country's security forces.

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Sisi gains huge support for presidential bid

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi gained eight times the number of signatures needed to register as a candidate in Egypt's presidential election, according to his campaign.

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Injuries as blast hits central #Cairo

Cairo has been the site of several explosions in the past few months [File: Reuters]Two Egyptian policemen and a civilian have been wounded in a bomb attack targeting a security checkpoint in central Cairo, officials and a medic said.

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Saudi Arabia jails 13 for security offences

A Saudi Arabian court has jailed 13 men, handing down sentences from one to 10 years, for aiding and financing conflicts abroad, conspiring inside Saudi Arabia and harbouring wanted suspects, state news agency SPA reports.

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Syrian army seizes towns near Lebanon border

Regime forces take rebel-held towns of Sarkha and MaaloulaSyrian government troops have seized two towns, one of them an ancient Christian hamlet north of Damascus, as part of the military's offensive along the frontier with Lebanon, state media and activists say.

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Saudis lead Middle East military spending

Saudi Arabia has the fourth largest military budget in the world [Reuters]Middle Eastern nations increased their military expenditure by billions of dollars last year, with Saudi Arabia's budget now the fourth largest in the world, according to figures from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

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MERS kills foreigner in Saudi Arabia

A foreigner has died from the deadly MERS coronavirus in Saudi Arabia, while Yemen has reported its first case of the disease.

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Israeli police raid Jerusalem holy site

Israeli soldiers and police have hurled stun grenades at Palestinian worshippers after entering the holy Haram al-Sharif compound in Jerusalem.

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Syrian sides trade blame over new gas attack

Syrian state television and rebel forces have traded accusations over a poison gas attack that reportedly caused "suffocation and poisoning" of residents.

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