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Palestinians Renew Unity Bid as Israel Talks Stall

The Palestinians have relaunched efforts to reconcile their rival leaderships in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as U.S.-brokered peace talks with Israel teeter on the edge of collapse.

A week before a nine-month target originally set for an Israeli-Palestinian deal, a Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) delegation was expected in Gaza City on Tuesday to try to revive long-stagnant unity efforts.

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New Syria Chemical Claims Emerge as Election Announced

New claims have emerged that President Bashar Assad's regime may have launched attacks with an industrial chemical earlier this month, despite an international agreement to eliminate Syria's chemical arsenal.

The latest evidence, cited by the United States and France, comes as Syria plans to hold a June 3 presidential poll, which the United Nations and the Arab League condemned as a blow to efforts to end the three-year-old civil war.

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Yemen Jails Qaida Man for Plotting General's Murder

A Yemeni court jailed an al-Qaida militant for 15 years on Tuesday on charges of helping plan the murder of the commander of a blistering 2012 offensive against the jihadists.

The state security tribunal found Sami Dayan guilty of "taking part in plotting the assassination of General Salem Ali Qatan, the chief military commander in south Yemen."

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'Almost One Million' Syrian Refugees in Turkey

The number of Syrian refugees in Turkey has reached "almost one million," Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, while pledging to keep accepting those fleeing the war.

"Are we supposed to ask our brothers not to come, and to die in Syria?" Erdogan said as he addressed his party's lawmakers in parliament.

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German Rapper-Turned-Jihadist Reported Dead in Syria

A German former rapper who joined jihadists fighting in Syria has been killed in a suicide bombing carried out by rival fighters, jihadist sources and a monitor said Tuesday.

Denis Mamadou Cuspert, who rapped under the name Deso Dogg but took on the name Abu Talha al-Almani in Syria, was reported to have been killed in a suicide attack Sunday in an eastern province.

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Iraqi Parliament Hopeful Fought in Syrian Civil War

An Iraqi Shiite who proudly fought Sunni rebels in Syria's civil war is now running for parliament in his home country, where the conflict has raised already-high sectarian tensions.

Faleh al-Khazali is one of an unknown number of Iraqi Shiites who have gone to fight on the side of Syrian President Bashar Assad against a Sunni-led rebellion.

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Palestinians Play Down Threat to Dismantle Authority

The Palestinians on Tuesday played down a threat to dismantle the Western-backed Palestinian Authority, which is Israel's interlocutor, if U.S.-sponsored peace talks remain deadlocked.

"No Palestinian is speaking of an initiative to dismantle the Palestinian Authority (PA)," chief negotiator Saeb Erakat told Agence France Presse.

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Attacks Kill Four Yemeni Officers in Two Days

A Yemeni military police colonel shot dead Tuesday was the fourth officer to be killed in suspected militant attacks in the capital Sanaa in two days, an official said.

Similar attacks in the past have been blamed on Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), a powerful affiliate of the global terror network that has been the target of a U.S. drone campaign and repeated military operations by the weak central government.

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Egypt Court Sees New Evidence in Jazeera Trial

Egyptian prosecutors submitted Tuesday new evidence including audio tapes against defendants in a trial of Al-Jazeera journalists accused of links with the banned Muslim Brotherhood, although lawyers disputed their quality.

At the trial's last hearing, prosecutors had aired video footage and showed random photographs that were not linked to the case in which the authorities accuse 20 defendants of Brotherhood links.

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Berber Protesters Clash with Algeria Police

Fresh clashes erupted between protesters and security forces in the mainly Berber Kabylie region east of Algiers on Monday, as the authorities announced an inquiry into allegations of police violence.

The security forces confronted around 400 demonstrators in the region's main city Tizi Ouzou, firing tear gas and making a number of arrests, an Agence France Presse journalist reported.

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