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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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Israel cancels Palestinian prisoner release

The release of prisoners is a contentious and emotional issue for both sides [AFP]Israel will not release the fourth batch of Palestinian prisoners because of renewed Palestinian efforts to join international organisations.

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Mubarak backs Sisi to win presidential poll

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has received backing for his presidential bid from former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, an Egyptian news website reported.

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Saudi sentences top al-Qaeda man to death

A Saudi court has sentenced to death the "chief strategist" of a wave of al-Qaeda violence that erupted in the kingdom in 2003, a decade after his reported arrest.

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Syrian refugees hit million mark in Lebanon

devastating milestone for a host community stretched to breaking pointThe number of Syrian refugees registered in Lebanon has exceeded one million, in what the UN refugee agency calls a "devastating milestone" for a small country with depleted resources and brewing sectarian tension.

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