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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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Two Spanish journalists freed in Syria

Two Spanish journalists taken hostage in Syria by an al-Qaeda-linked group walked free after six months in captivity and were heading back to Spain, their friends and colleagues said.

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Deaths in Iraq shooting and suicide attacks

An attack at a security checkpoint and a suicide car bomb in Iraq killed 12 people and destroyed a bridge, according to police.

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Gaza flotilla victims slam Israel deal

Gaza flotilla

Israel is expected to sign a compensation deal with Turkey soon over the Mavi Marmara raid in 2010, in which Israeli troops killed nine activists, including eight Turkish nationals and one US citizen, who were part of a mission to deliver humanitarian aid from Turkey to the Palestinian territory of Gaza by ship in an attempt to break a longstanding and crippling Israeli blockade.

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Egypt presidential poll set for late May

Field Marshal Abdel Fattah el-Sisi widely expected to win the electionEgypt is to hold a presidential election on May 26 and 27, 10 months after the army turfed out Islamist leader Mohamed Morsi from the presidency, the electoral commission announced.

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