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1 hr ago | KMIZ

Israeli police block U.N. envoy in Jerusalem

Israeli security forces halted Palestinian Christians -- joined by a U.N. envoy -- participating a pre-Easter procession Saturday in Jerusalem's Old City, an action the envoy sharply criticized but that an Israeli official dismissed as a "non-event."


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5 hrs ago | Click2Houston

OPCW: Syria on track to meet weapons deadline

Syria has destroyed a majority of its chemical weapons material, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Saturday.


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8 hrs ago | Nanaimo Daily News

Iran's vice-president says row over Arak heavy water nuclear reactor 'virtually ...

Iran will redesign its Arak heavy water reactor to greatly limit the amount of plutonium it can make, the country's vice-president said Saturday, marking a major concession from the Islamic Republic in negotiations with world powers over its contested nuclear program.


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10 hrs ago | Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Ministry: 2 killed in apparent Bahrain car bombing

Thousands of Bahraini anti-government protesters, waving national flags and gesturing defiantly, chant slogans during a march organized by opposition groups in A'ali, Bahrain, Friday, April 18, 2014.


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14 hrs ago | Brandon Sun

Religion helps heal Cyprus' ethnic division as Muslim, Christian leaders wage quiet diplomacy

An unexpected moment during the Good Friday service in a long-abandoned church in Cyprus' breakaway north illustrated how religion is helping to bring together Christian Greek Cypriots and Muslim Turkish Cypriots on this ethnically divided island.


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16 hrs ago | The Chronicle Herald

France's presidency: 4 journalists held hostage in Syria since June freed

President Francois Hollande's office said in a statement he felt "immense relief" after learning of the release of Edouard Elias, Didier Francois, Nicolas Henin and Pierre Torres - all said to be in good health despite "very trying conditions" of their captivity.


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20 hrs ago | The Chronicle Herald

Canada development partnership with U.A.E. builds bridges into Arab world

Canada has a new development partner in the Arab world, and the foreign-aid minister says it could help the Harper government navigate the complex Middle East in the fight against poverty.

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Fri Apr 18, 2014

Brandon Sun

SARS revisited? Sharp jump in cases, hospital outbreaks raise MERS concerns

For some of the scientists and doctors who helped the world battle the 2003 SARS outbreak, the recent rapid rise in human infections in several Middle Eastern countries caused by a cousin virus is creating a sense of sharp unease.


Related Topix: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, Health, Medicine, Travel, Saudi Arabia Travel, United Arab Emirates, Oman Travel, World News, United Arab Emirates Travel, United Arab Emirates, Middle East Travel, Oman Travel

Northern Michigan News

Obama signs bill aimed at blocking Iran's UN envoy

President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday aimed at blocking Iran's chosen ambassador to the United Nations because of his ties to the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.


Related Topix: Iran, World News, US Politics, US News, Barack Obama, George Bush, Senator Chuck Schumer, US Senate

The Daily Star

Syrian state TV: 14 killed in car bombing in Homs

A Syrian man carrying on his back his daughter makes his way amid rubble following reported air strikes by government forces in the Aleppo district of Ansari, in the southwest of the city, on April 15, 2014.


Related Topix: World News, Lebanon, Explosion

Washington Examiner

Bomb in shopping street in Iraqi capital kills 3

A woman walks with her child through the aftermath of a car bomb attack in the crowded commercial area of Karrada, in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, April 18, 2014.


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The Peninsula

Militants kill 30 in Iraq attacks

BAGHDAD: Suspected Sunni Muslim militants killed at least 30 people around Iraq yesterday, including 12 soldiers in an assault on a remote army base in the north, deepening insecurity with a national election just two weeks away.


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Thu Apr 17, 2014

The Daily Star

Turkey increases spy agency's powers

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan greets members of parliament from his ruling Justice and Development Party during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara on April 8, 2014.


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ABC News

Gulf Arab States Strike New Deal to Heal Rifts

The Western-allied Arab states of the Gulf Cooperation Council said Thursday the bloc has agreed on the mechanisms to implement a security pact, marking a possible first step toward bridging deep rifts among its six energy-rich states.


Related Topix: World News, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Muslim Brotherhood

The New Zealand Herald

US: Case against a Blackwater guard in jeopardy

The U.S government says its criminal case against a former Blackwater security guard is in jeopardy as a June 11 trial looms on charges stemming from the shootings of dozens of Iraqi citizens in an incident in Baghdad nearly seven years ago.


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Spate of Mideast virus infections raises concerns

More than 20 people, many of them health-care workers, have been reported infected with the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus in two distinct clusters - one in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates - likely involving human-to-human transmission since early last week.


Related Topix: World News, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, University of Minnesota, Australia, Oceania

ABC News

Moderate Earthquake Jolts Southern Iran

Iran's state TV says a magnitude 5.3 earthquake has jolted a sparsely populated district in the south of the country.


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The Daily Star

Israel arrests Arab journalist over Lebanon visit

Israeli soldiers leave after an operation near the West Bank village of Bilin, near Ramallah October 22, 2013.


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WAND-TV Decatur

Curious about Palestine, Israeli visitors return

This bustling center of Palestinian life is just a 20-minute drive from Jerusalem, but for Israelis it might as well be on the other side of the world.


Related Topix: Israel, World News, Palestinian Territories, Palestine, IL, Life, Holidays, Passover

Wed Apr 16, 2014

Fox 23

Prominent human rights lawyer detained in Saudi Arabia

Activists say Waleed Abu al-Khair was taken into custody on Tuesday after attending a court hearing in Riyadh where he faces charges that include inciting public opinion.


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