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New MERS deaths reported in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's Health Ministry says two more patients who became infected with MERS have died, and that 13 others have contracted the virus.

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Move to curb foreign fighters in #Syria

Officials of at least seven countries are to meet in attempt to stop their young citizens from fighting in Syria's warDelegates from several European countries and the United States, Turkey, Morocco, Jordan and Tunisia are to meet next month to discuss ways to stop young fighters from leaving their countries to join rebel groups in Syria, Belgium says.

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Bomb kills police general in Cairo

An Egyptian police brigadier general has been killed after a bomb exploded under his car, in the fifth such targeted attack in Cairo within a week.

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Mixed reactions to #Palestine unity agreement

The Palestinian movement Hamas has signed a deal in Gaza with rival Fatah party, possibly ending eight years of split and political rift.

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Security Council must act on #Syria: UN chief

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has demanded the Security Council respond to "flagrant violations of international law", claiming warring parties in Syria were breaching a resolution to provide aid access to help millions of people.

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#Israel suspends peace talks with Palestinians

Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime ministerThe Israeli government has decided to halt peace talks with the Palestinians in response to a new unity agreement between rival Palestinian factions.

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UN fund pays $990m in #Kuwait compensation

The payments are financed by a 5 per cent tax on the export of Iraqi oil [Reuters]A United Nations panel that settles claims for damages resulting from Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait has paid out another $990 million.

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#Lebanon parliament fails to elect president

Lebanon's parliament has failed to elect a new president, in what is set to be a prolonged saga closely linked to Syria's upcoming election in June, political analysts say.

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Syrian 'internal opposition' figure to run

Syrian state media has reported a member of the People's Assembly has registered as a challenger to Bashar al-Assad in the upcoming presidential election.

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US to deliver Apache helicopters to #Egypt

The US is to deliver 10 Apache attack helicopters to Egypt, relaxing a suspension of aid imposed after the military removed Mohamed Morsi from the presidency last year.

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