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President's Camp Celebrates as Algeria Awaits Vote Result

Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was expected to win a fourth term despite his poor health when official results are announced Friday after a vote marred by low turnout and allegations of "massive" fraud.

The results are to be unveiled in the afternoon by Interior Minister Tayib Belaiz, but Bouteflika's supporters were certain of victory and celebrated in the streets of the capital Algiers after polls closed Thursday.

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Rival Group Accuses Qaida of Betraying Jihadist Cause

A powerful rival organization has accused Al-Qaida leaders of betraying the jihadist cause, in the latest widening of divisions rooted in Syria's civil war.

"Al-Qaida today is no longer a base of jihad (holy war)," Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani said in a statement posted on jihadist forums.

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British Teenager Killed in Syria Conflict

A British teenager was killed in a battle in Syria, his father said on Friday, as he revealed that two of his other sons have also gone to fight in the conflict.

Abdullah Deghayes, 18, whose uncle is a former detainee of the Guantanamo Bay camp, died earlier this month after leaving Britain in January.

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Miserable Syrians in Jordan Say They'd Rather Go Home

Syrian refugees in Jordan say they are so miserable that they would rather face "inevitable death" in their war-torn country than live in conditions that have sparked riots.

With Syria's war now in its fourth year, many of the 100,000 refugees in the sprawling desert Zaatari camp in northern Jordan feel the world has forgotten their struggle to survive.

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Vandals Leave Anti-Arab Graffiti on Israel Mosque

Vandals left anti-Arab graffiti on a mosque in northern Israel overnight and damaged a door of the building, Israeli police said Friday.

"There was an incident in which graffiti was written on a mosque in the city of Umm al-Faham," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP, adding that the words "Arabs Out" were painted in Hebrew.

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Little Known Jihadist Group Vows New Egypt Attacks

A little-known jihadist group, Ajnad Misr, claimed a series of attacks and vowed new ones targeting Egyptian security forces in a video posted on its Twitter account on Thursday.

In the video titled "Retaliation is life", the group said that it had carried out eight attacks in Cairo since November 20, 2013.

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U.N. Concerned for Syrian Civilians Trapped in Homs

Members of the U.N. Security Council expressed what they called grave concern Thursday over the plight of Syrian civilians caught in fighting in the old quarter of Homs in Syria, the council's president said.

The body "urged the immediate implementation" of a February resolution to improve humanitarian access in the country, said Joy Ogwu, Nigeria's ambassador, who is serving as the council's current president.

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Israelis, Palestinians to Hold Separate Talks with U.S. Envoy

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met separately Friday with U.S. peace envoy Martin Indyk, a Palestinian source said, a day after five hours of three-way talks failed to bring agreement.

Indyk first met chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat in the West Bank city of Jericho, but no details of their talks were given.

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Gulf States Agree Deal to End Qatar Tensions

Gulf foreign ministers agreed a deal Thursday to end months of unprecedented tension between Qatar and other members of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council over the Muslim Brotherhood.

At an extraordinary meeting in Riyadh, the ministers agreed that the policies of GCC member states should not undermine the "interests, security and stability" of each other, a statement said.

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Morocco King in Rare Visit to W.Sahara before U.N. Vote

Morocco's King Mohamed VI made a rare visit Thursday to the Western Sahara, ahead of a U.N. Security Council vote on the disputed territory, an Agence France Presse correspondent said.

The U.N. Security Council is due to vote on April 23 to renew the mandate of its peacekeeping mission in the Western Sahara, which was annexed by Morocco in the 1970s.

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