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Livni: US should change role in peace talks

The United States should change its role in the Middle East peace process allowing for more direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians, Israel's chief negotiator Tzipi Livni has said.

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Libyan gunmen free Egyptian hostages

An armed group has freed more than 50 Egyptian trucks in Libya's northeast, following a protest over prosecution of members of the group on arms smuggling charges in Egypt.

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Israel warns Palestine of unilateral action

Netanyahu says Israel will take action against the PalestiniansBenjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, has threatened to take unilateral action against Palestinians, if they press ahead with moves towards statehood.

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Deadly mortar attack on Damascus Opera House

Two people killed in a mortar attack on the Damascus Opera HouseA mortar attack on the Damascus Opera House has killed two people, as regime forces intensify their campaign against rebels on the Syrian capital's outskirts.

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Deadly violence strikes Iraq ahead of polls

Violence is part of a long list of voter concerns for the upcoming parliamentary elections [AFP]Gunmen near Iraq's capital kidnapped and later executed six men, the deadliest of a series of attacks on Sunday that killed at least 11 people across the country, authorities said.

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Blast kills soldiers near Iraq's Fallujah

An explosion at a booby-trapped house, ensuing clashes with fighters and a roadside bombing killed 18 soldiers in Iraq, authorities said.

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Lebanon Alawite leader charged for incitement

A senior member of an Alawite party in Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli has been charged with being part of an "armed terrorist group," a judicial source said.

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Clan feud turns deadly in southern Egypt

At least 23 people have been killed in tribal clashes in Egypt's southern Aswan province after a man from one group sexually accosted a woman from another, officials said.

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Scores of Egyptians taken hostage in Libya

Egyptian authorities have warned citizens from traveling to Libya following reoccurring attacks [Reuters]Armed Libyans have abducted150 Egyptian drivers who were on their way home, along with their trucks, adding to a growing trend of similar attacks, according to Egypt's state-run Al Ahram newspaper.

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Syria 'can meet' chemical weapons deadline

The head of the mission for destroying Syria's chemical weapons has told the United Nations Security Council that Syria can still meet the April 27 deadline to remove all chemical agents out of the country that are due to be destroyed by June 30, UN diplomats said.

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