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Sisi gains huge support for presidential bid

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi gained eight times the number of signatures needed to register as a candidate in Egypt's presidential election, according to his campaign.

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Injuries as blast hits central #Cairo

Cairo has been the site of several explosions in the past few months [File: Reuters]Two Egyptian policemen and a civilian have been wounded in a bomb attack targeting a security checkpoint in central Cairo, officials and a medic said.

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Saudi Arabia jails 13 for security offences

A Saudi Arabian court has jailed 13 men, handing down sentences from one to 10 years, for aiding and financing conflicts abroad, conspiring inside Saudi Arabia and harbouring wanted suspects, state news agency SPA reports.

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Syrian army seizes towns near Lebanon border

Regime forces take rebel-held towns of Sarkha and MaaloulaSyrian government troops have seized two towns, one of them an ancient Christian hamlet north of Damascus, as part of the military's offensive along the frontier with Lebanon, state media and activists say.

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Saudis lead Middle East military spending

Saudi Arabia has the fourth largest military budget in the world [Reuters]Middle Eastern nations increased their military expenditure by billions of dollars last year, with Saudi Arabia's budget now the fourth largest in the world, according to figures from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

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MERS kills foreigner in Saudi Arabia

A foreigner has died from the deadly MERS coronavirus in Saudi Arabia, while Yemen has reported its first case of the disease.

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Israeli police raid Jerusalem holy site

Israeli soldiers and police have hurled stun grenades at Palestinian worshippers after entering the holy Haram al-Sharif compound in Jerusalem.

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Syrian sides trade blame over new gas attack

Syrian state television and rebel forces have traded accusations over a poison gas attack that reportedly caused "suffocation and poisoning" of residents.

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Syrian jets hit rebel bastions near Damascus

Online footage showed highly destructive barrel bomb attacks on Daraya, southwest of Damascus [YouTube] Syrian jet fighters are reported to have launched a fierce offensive against a string of opposition strongholds, including Kafr Zita, a village north of Damascus that was recently hit by an alleged poisonous gas attack.

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Deadly car bombings hit northern Iraq

The car bombing near Kirkuk was one of two deadly attacks to hit northern Iraq on Sunday [EPA]A car bombing in a commercial area of a northern Iraqi city has killed at least 10 people, while a separate bombing in the north has left six more dead, Iraqi officials say.

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