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Series of deadly car bombs hits Iraqi capital

Car bombs have hit several mostly Shia neighbourhoods of the Iraqi capital and other areas across the country, killing at least 24 people and wounding dozens, officials said.

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Arab League pledges $100m to Palestinians

Netanyahu had warned of retaliation after Palestinian officials signed 15 international conventions last week [EPA]Arab foreign ministers meeting in Cairo have renewed their commitment to give $100m in monthly aid to the government of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

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Jordan mulls reforming juvenile law

The Jordanian government is considering sweeping changes to its juvenile detention law. More than 2,000 juveniles reside in youth detention centres, most of them convicted for minor crimes like petty theft.

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Yemeni soldiers killed in raid on checkpoint

Gunmen have killed five soldiers guarding a checkpoint in southeastern Yemen, local officials said.

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Israel upholds travel ban for Gaza Olympian

Israel's high court has upheld a decision by the military to prevent a Gaza Olympian from leaving the coastal strip to participate in a marathon in the West Bank, another Palestinian territory.

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Fund crunch forces UN to cut Syria food aid

The UN says it managed to get food to a record 4.1m people inside Syria last month [Reuters]The United Nations has been forced to cut the size of food parcels for those left hungry by Syria's civil war by a fifth because of a shortage of funds from donors, a senior official has said.

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Palestinians ready to widen recognition bid

Israel has reportedly asked President Mahmoud Abbas to withdraw the letters of accession to the agenciesThe Palestinians are ready to sign up the "state of Palestine" for additional international agencies and treaties if US peace efforts collapse after an April 29 deadline for a deal, a senior official said.

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Dutch priest shot dead in Syria's Homs

Dutch priest Frans van der Lugt, who was renown for his insistence on staying in Syria's besieged city of Homs, has been shot dead there by an unknown gunman.

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Yemen police arrests 'kidnappers of UN team'

Yemen's security forces have arrested thirteen gang members it accuses of being behind a number of kidnappings of foreigners and businessmen, including last month's abduction of two UN workers.

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Blast rocks Bahrain during Grand Prix

Security forces in Bahrain are investigating an explosion that rocked the kingdom on the last day of the Formula One motor racing Grand Prix.

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