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Israel upholds travel ban for Gaza Olympian

Israel's high court has upheld a decision by the military to prevent a Gaza Olympian from leaving the coastal strip to participate in a marathon in the West Bank, another Palestinian territory.

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Fund crunch forces UN to cut Syria food aid

The UN says it managed to get food to a record 4.1m people inside Syria last month [Reuters]The United Nations has been forced to cut the size of food parcels for those left hungry by Syria's civil war by a fifth because of a shortage of funds from donors, a senior official has said.

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Palestinians ready to widen recognition bid

Israel has reportedly asked President Mahmoud Abbas to withdraw the letters of accession to the agenciesThe Palestinians are ready to sign up the "state of Palestine" for additional international agencies and treaties if US peace efforts collapse after an April 29 deadline for a deal, a senior official said.

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Dutch priest shot dead in Syria's Homs

Dutch priest Frans van der Lugt, who was renown for his insistence on staying in Syria's besieged city of Homs, has been shot dead there by an unknown gunman.

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Yemen police arrests 'kidnappers of UN team'

Yemen's security forces have arrested thirteen gang members it accuses of being behind a number of kidnappings of foreigners and businessmen, including last month's abduction of two UN workers.

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Blast rocks Bahrain during Grand Prix

Security forces in Bahrain are investigating an explosion that rocked the kingdom on the last day of the Formula One motor racing Grand Prix.

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Row in Lebanese Palestinian camp turns deadly

At least eight people have been killed in fighting between Palestinian factions in a refugee camp near Lebanon's southern city of Sidon, sources from the military said.

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Egypt upholds jail sentence of activists

The court's verdict refreshes the young opposition's anger at an anti-protest law they deemed draconian [AFP]An Egyptian court has endorsed a three-year prison sentence handed to three prominent activists, rejecting their appeal against charges of breaching a controversial anti-protests law.

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Scores killed in violence across Syria

Thirty people were killed in Aleppo in raids using explosive-packed barrels bombs [Reuters]At least 29 people were killed, most or all of them believed to be rebels, in the besieged Old City of Homs when a car bomb exploded, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.

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Egyptian tribal clash claims more lives

Two people were killed when tribal clashes flared for a third day in the southern city of Aswan, Egyptian security sources said.

Read more: Egyptian tribal clash claims more lives

   

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