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Kerry pushes for Israeli-Palestinian talks

Kerry said he would hold further talks with Netanyahu and Abbas, without giving any further details [AP]US Secretary of State John Kerry has demanded action from defiant Israeli and Palestinian leaders, saying negotiations are at a "critical moment" and they have to choose whether to make peace.

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Syrian self-immolation case reflects tragedy

A Syrian female refugee's self-immolation in front of the UN headquarters in the Lebanese capital has highlighted the plight of nearly 2.6 million displaced citizens from Syria.

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Security forces targeted in Yemen attack

Suspected fighters have attacked the southern command headquarters of the Yemeni army in the city of Aden using a car bomb and rocket propelled grenades, security officials and witnesses have said.

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Sisi's presidential rival 'faces funds probe'

Egypt's top prosecutor has called for a probe into funds allegedly received by the only serious rival of ex-army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in an upcoming presidential election, sources said.

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Activist group says Syria war killed 150,000

Death toll in the Syrian conflict has exceeded 150,000, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has documented violence on the ground since peaceful protests first broke out on March 2011 before quickly evolving into a raging war.

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Deadly explosions hit Cairo University

Wednesday's attacks were the latest by armed groups targeting security forces since the July coup [AFP]Two people, including a police brigadier-general, have been killed and seven others were wounded after a series of explosions outside Cairo University in Giza governorate, according to state media.

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PLO asserts commitment to talks with Israel

Palestine's signing of 15 international conventions cast shadow on peace talks' futureThe Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) has said its decision to seek membership to several UN organisations should not mean an end to US-brokered peace talks with Israel, where officials have warned of hefty prices to be paid for the move.

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Palestinian president threatens to go to UN

Abbas said the demands for membership wiould be sent "immediately" to the relevant agencies [EPA]Mahmud Abbas, the Palestinian president, has signed a request to join several UN agencies in a move that could derail a US push to revive faltering peace talks with Israel.

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Syrian army retakes key post in Latakia

Syrian army troops have recaptured a key position in coastal Latakia province, state television said, as rebels press on with a campaign in the region.

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Kerry meets Netanyahu again to salvage talks

US secretary of state meets Israeli PM for second time in 12 hoursUS Secretary of State John Kerry has met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the second time in less than 12 hours in an effort to salvage stalled negotiations with the Palestinians.

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