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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.
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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.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the latest clashes between government troops and rebels in Aleppo are the fiercest since mid-2012.

Palestinians join Geneva Conventions

The Palestinian Authority has formally joined the Geneva Conventions on war as peace talks with Israel are close to collapse.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon says Palestinian applications to join 13 international conventions have been accepted.

Violence kills 21 in Iraq

Seven people have been killed after a car bomb exploded near a petrol station east of Baghdad, while another 14 died elsewhere in Iraq.
Fighting has erupted in Syria on the border with Iraq, leaving 51 Islamist and jihadist fighters dead.
An Israeli official has said Israel wants to return to talks with the Palestinians and "overcome the current crisis".
A Cairo court has been shown innocuous images from the computers of three Al Jazeera journalists, including Peter Greste, as "evidence".
Two car bombs have killed at least 25 people in the central Syrian city of Homs and wounded another 100 in the Karam al-Luz district.
Secretary of State John Kerry says Israel's approval of Jewish settlements has ignited the latest crisis in negotiations with Palestinians.
Iran and world powers aim to "work on the concrete elements" of a possible agreement at their next round of talks in May.
The Red Crescent Says it has been able to deliver aid to rebel-held areas in Aleppo as the Syrian army tightens its grip on the strategic Qalamun region.
Six car bombs have rocked Baghdad, killing at least seven people, on the 11th anniversary of the fall of the Iraqi capital during the US-led invasion.
A six-year-old child bride and refugee from Afghanistan has escaped an arranged marriage.
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