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Ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and leftist Hamdeen Sabbahi will contest Egypt's presidential election in a two-man race.
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Kuwait's attorney-general ordered a blackout on news relating to a videotape allegedly showing former senior officials plotting a coup.
A drone attack on a gathering of militants in Yemen has killed at least 30 suspected Al-Qaeda members.
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has visited a recaptured Christian town on Easter Sunday, with his Facebook showing him standing next to a priest.

Saudi woman defies driving ban

The husband of a Saudi woman who defied the country's driving ban has been fined, and the couple forced to pledge not to repeat the offence, a report says.
Little-known jihadist group Ajnad Misr has claimed responsibility for a string of bomb attacks in the Egyptian capital.
Iran's dispute with world powers over its unfinished Arak heavy water reactor has been resolved, the country's nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi says.
Thousands of Christian pilgrims have thronged the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem to celebrate the holy fire ceremony on the eve of Easter.
A Bahrain car explosion has killed two people in Muqsha.
President Francois Hollande says four French journalists released after being taken hostage in Syria 10 months ago are in good health.
EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton has said she views with "great concern" an Israeli decision to declare an area south of Bethlehem as state land.

Fourteen killed in Syria car bombing

A car bomb that exploded outside a Syrian mosque as worshippers were leaving has killed at least 14 people.
Christians from across the world have gathered in Jerusalem for Good Friday.
An Iranian man has been spared the death penalty after the mother of the man he killed intervened with seconds to spare.
Anti-government Syrian fighters have attacked a military barracks in Aleppo, leaving at least 27 soldiers and 20 rebels dead.
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have had 'difficult' discussions as they try to extend peace talks, sources say.
A suicide bomber has detonated a truck packed with explosives at a military base in northern Iraq.

Iran slashes nuclear stock: UN

Iran is complying with its interim deal with world powers, the latest report showing its stock of highly-enriched uranium has been cut by 75 per cent.
UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has urged Syria's government and opposition groups to resume talks to lift the siege on Homs.
The UN's nuclear watchdog has reported that Iran is complying with the terms of an interim deal calling for a partial nuclear freeze.
More than 100 supporters of Egypt's deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi have been sentenced over clashes which killed 24 people last year.
Iraq's Justice Minister says the closure of the infamous Abu Ghraib prison is temporary and will be reopened once fighting in the area calms down.
An online video shows Nasser al-Wuhayshi addressing jihadists in Yemen, with the militant leader saying he'll pursue a war against Western "crusaders".

Saudi reports new MERS death

Authorities in Saudi Arabia are trying to calm fears over the spread of MERS after another death was reported from the respiratory illness.
The Syrian army has launched an assault on the city of Homs, where rebels have been holding out for two years.
The UN Security Council has joined calls for the safe release of Jordan's ambassador to Libya, snatched from his car by masked gunmen.
Images provided by a Syrian military defector showing corpses displaying obvious signs of torture have been viewed by the UN Security Council.
Security concerns at Iraq's notorious Abu Ghraib prison following a mass breakout have forced authorities to close it.
The Jordanian ambassador to Libya has been kidnapped by gunmen in two cars, who wounded his driver in the process.
Militants have shut down a major water source for central and southern Iraq, while 15 people have been killed in violence across the war-torn nation.

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