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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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Syrian army hits rebel positions in Damascus

The Syrian army has killed at least 26 people in suburbs of the capital Damascus in fighting with rebels in several districts along the eastern edge of the capital, activists have said.

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Bahrain activists urge boycott of F1 race

Bahrain's Centre for Human Rights has called for a boycott of the island's Formula One grand prix event due to take place this weekend, as sporadic anti-government protests continue in the country.

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Deadly clashes kill dozens near Iraqi capital

Clashes between Iraqi government troops and al-Qaeda-inspired fighters have claimed the lives of tens across the country, where electoral fever is on the rise ahead of general elections scheduled for April 30. 

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Kerry weighs options on Middle East talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry has been trying to broker Israeli-Palestinian talks for more than a year [AP]US Secretary of State John Kerry has said he would "evaluate" the next steps in the Middle East peace process with President Barack Obama, warning there are "limits" to Washington's time.

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