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Prince Salman named as new crown prince of Saudi Arabia

The appointment of Salman, 76, comes two days after the death in Geneva of Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud, who died at the age of 78 while undergoing medical treatment.

Israeli truck driver shoots dead 2 Palestinians following 'attack'

Israeli police are reportedly investigating whether the Palestinian men were attempting to kidnap the driver.

Dozens killed in Iraq car bomb attacks

Thousands of Shia pilgrims had travelled to Baghdad to mark the final day of a festival commemorating the anniversary of the death of Moussa al-Kadhim, the Prophet Muhammad’s great-grandson and the seventh imam.

UN suspends Syria peace mission due to rising violence

General Robert Mood of Norway said Saturday that UNSMIS observers would halt their patrols and remain at their current locations, although he promised that the suspension would be reviewed on a daily basis.

Israeli journalist faces trial over leaked army documents

Uri Blau drew upon some of the documents whilst researching a 2008 article in which he claimed that Israeli soldiers had been commanded to carry out targeted killings of Palestinian militants

Egypt's 31-year state of emergency comes to an end

The emergency law has been in continuous force since President Anwar Sadat was assassinated in 1981, and allowed the authorities to detain people indefinitely without charge and put them on trial in special security courts.

Israel hands over bodies of Palestinian militants in 'confidence-building gesture'

The bodies – which include those of militants and suicide bombers who died in attacks up to four decades ago – were transferred to President Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and to Hamas in Gaza on Thursday.

Mubarak's sons face fresh corruption trial in Egypt

Gamal and Alaa Mubarak are already on trial along with their father for abuse of power, and a verdict is due to be handed down on Saturday.

Massive cyberattack 'Flame' discovered in the Middle East

A massive cyberattack was discovered lurking in thousands of computers around the Middle East Monday.

UN nuclear chief to visit Iran for talks on 'issues of mutual interest'

The US and its allies accuse Iran of developing a nuclear bomb, but Tehran insists that its nuclear program is for purely civilian purposes.
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