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PLO asserts commitment to talks with Israel

Palestine's signing of 15 international conventions cast shadow on peace talks' futureThe Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) has said its decision to seek membership to several UN organisations should not mean an end to US-brokered peace talks with Israel, where officials have warned of hefty prices to be paid for the move.

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Palestinian president threatens to go to UN

Abbas said the demands for membership wiould be sent "immediately" to the relevant agencies [EPA]Mahmud Abbas, the Palestinian president, has signed a request to join several UN agencies in a move that could derail a US push to revive faltering peace talks with Israel.

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Syrian army retakes key post in Latakia

Syrian army troops have recaptured a key position in coastal Latakia province, state television said, as rebels press on with a campaign in the region.

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Kerry meets Netanyahu again to salvage talks

US secretary of state meets Israeli PM for second time in 12 hoursUS Secretary of State John Kerry has met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the second time in less than 12 hours in an effort to salvage stalled negotiations with the Palestinians.

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Kerry in critical bid for Middle East peace

US Secretary of State John Kerry has rushed to the Middle East for a surprise visit aimed at rescuing his diplomatic efforts, as peace talks approached a critical point.

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Egypt court denies bail to Al Jazeera staff

Al Jazeera English journalists were denied bail by a court in Egypt, after spending nearly 100 days in jail since their arrest.

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Israeli ex-PM Olmert convicted of corruption

A Tel Aviv court has found former premier Ehud Olmert guilty of bribery linked to a Jerusalem property development, in one of the worst corruption scandals in Israeli history.

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Turkey accused of sending fighters to Syria

Syria's information minister has lashed out at Turkey, accusing Ankara of sending foreign fighters across the border to fight Syrian government troops in President Bashar Assad's ancestral homeland in Latakia province.

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Sisi mocked in Egypt Internet campaign

Opponents of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi have launched an Internet campaign against his bid to become the Egyptian president, leading to calls from the pro-Sisi camp for a ban on social media.

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Israel offers Palestinians new talks proposal

Israel has refused to release the prisoners as promised without a Palestinian commitment to continue the talks [AP]Israel has handed the Palestinians a proposal aimed at extending peace talks beyond an April 29 deadline in efforts to salvage negotiations.

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