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.
An Israeli has been killed and two others have been wounded in a shooting in the southern West Bank.
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are meeting in Jerusalem in a fresh bid to save their teetering US-brokered peace talks.

Syria troops retake Christian town

Syrian regime troops have retaken the ancient Christian town of Maalula.

Suicide bomber kills 11 in Iraq

Seventeen people have been killed and more than two dozen have been wounded in a day of bombings and shootings in Iraq.
President Bashar al-Assad has told state television the war tearing Syria apart is turning in his regime's favour.

IOC welcomes end to Saudi sports ban

The Saudi government has been urged by The International Olympic Committee to push forward with moves to lift a ban on sports in girls' state schools.
A car bomb has killed 10 people in the Iraq city of Mosul while a separate bombing has killed six people in another northern town.
Iran's Supreme Court has overturned the death sentence handed to a former US Marine convicted of espionage, with the penalty cut to 10 years jail.
Syrian government media and rebel forces say poison gas has been used in a village.

Miliband slams West Bank building

Ed Miliband is a supporter of "the homeland for the Jewish people" but has made clear he's against the expansion of settlements in the West Bank.
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