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Netanyahu Spurned Secret Peace Offer: Ex-Officials

Israel's prime minister turned down a regional peace initiative last year that was brokered by then-US secretary of state John Kerry, former US officials confirmed.

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Norwegian Refugee Council Staff Detained In Yemen

Yemeni rebels detained seven people working for the Norwegian Refugee Council in the Red Sea district of Hudaida.

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Egypt Court Upholds Death Sentences Over Football Riot

Egypt's top court upheld death sentences for 10 men on Tuesday for their part in Egypt's worst violence at a football stadium, in which more than 70 fans were killed in February 2012.

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Defence Secretary Jim Mattis: Not In Iraq To Seize Oil

US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, on an unannounced visit to Iraq, said the United States does not intend to seize Iraqi oil, shifting away from an idea proposed by President Donald Trump that has rattled Iraq's leaders.

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Famine Declared In Part Of South Sudan's Unity State

Famine has been declared in two counties of South Sudan, according to an announcement by the South Sudan government and three UN agencies, which says the calamity is the result of prolonged civil war and an entrenched economic crisis that has devastated the war-torn East African nation.

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Global Arms Sales Surge Driven By Middle East Demand

The global trade in heavy weapons has skyrocketed to its highest level since the Cold War, with arms sales to the Middle East surging, a new report says.

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Russia Rejects Montenegro's Coup Claims

Moscow has denied accusations of a prosecutor in Montenegro of Russian state bodies' involvement in an alleged coup plot during last year's election.

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Protests Over Teachers' Strike Turn Deadly On Guinea

At least five people have been killed in Guinea's capital, Conakry, in protests sparked by a teacher's strike, according to the government, reviving labour tensions in a country where previous strikes have led to dozens of deaths.

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Ukraine Accuses Pro-Russia Rebels Of Breaking Truce

The Ukrainian army has accused pro-Russia rebels of breaking a new ceasefire deal hours after it came into affect, saying the separatists killed one soldier and wounded another.

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Army Spies Arrested Over Lasantha Wickrematunge Murder

Sri Lankan police have arrested five military intelligence officers on suspicion of killing a well-known anti-establishment newspaper editor and orchestrating attacks on other journalists and dissidents under the former regime, according to a legal source.

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