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Muslim Leaders Urge World to Recognize E. Jerusalem as Palestine Capital

Islamic leaders on Wednesday urged the world to recognize occupied East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warned the United States no longer had any role to play in the peace process.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan convened in Istanbul an emergency summit of the world's main pan-Islamic body, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), seeking a tough response to the recognition by U.S. President Donald Trump of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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Israel Says Foiled Hamas Kidnap Plot

Israeli authorities said on Wednesday that they had arrested three members of the Islamist militant group Hamas group on suspicion of planning to kidnap an Israeli in the West Bank.

A statement from domestic security agency Shin Bet named the men as Muad Ashtayeh, born in 1991, Mohammed Ramadan and Ahmed Ramadan, aged around 19, all from the village of Tell, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

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Palestinians Have Right to East Jerusalem as Capital, Says Saudi king

Palestinians have the right to Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem as their capital, Saudi King Salman said Wednesday, echoing calls at an Islamic summit in Istanbul from which he had stayed away. 

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Abbas Warns 'No Peace or Stability' without Jerusalem as Palestinian Capital

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday warned that there could be "no peace or stability" in the Middle East until Jerusalem is recognised as the capital of a Palestinian state.

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Saudi-Led Strikes Kill 30 in Rebel-Run Yemen Prison Camp

Saudi-led air strikes on a prison run by rebels in Yemen killed 30 people and wounded 80 on Wednesday, the rebels' Al-Masirah TV reported.

The rebel outlet earlier reported that 12 people were killed -- all prisoners -- when the pre-dawn raids hit the military police compound in the capital Sanaa where the detention center is located.

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Israel Hits Gaza after Rocket Fire, Three Wounded

The Israeli air force hit the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Wednesday lightly wounding three people, after Palestinians fired at southern Israel, the military and Gaza security officials said.

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Erdogan Urges Recognition of Jerusalem as Palestinian Capital

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday urged the world to recognise occupied East Jerusalem as the "capital of Palestine", as Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas warned there could be no peace in the Middle East until such a move was made.

Erdogan opened in Istanbul an emergency summit of the world's main pan-Islamic body the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), seeking to marshal Muslim leaders towards a coordinated response to the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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Russia Pledges to Help Negotiate an End to Libya Crisis

Russia will "do everything necessary" to facilitate an agreement between rival camps in Libya to end the country's political crisis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.

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200,000 Mourn Jewish Spiritual Leader in Israel

Massive crowds attended funeral ceremonies in Israel Tuesday for a spiritual leader of ultra-Orthodox Jews after his death aged 104, with a sea of black-hatted mourners thronging his home neighborhood.

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French FM Says Iran Trying to Carve Out Regional 'Axis'

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Tuesday hit out at Iran, accusing the Islamic Republic of trying to carve out an "axis" of influence stretching through Syria to the Mediterranean Sea.

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