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Egypt Hangs Five for Murder and Theft

Authorities in Egypt have hanged five people convicted of murder and theft, the interior ministry said on Sunday.

They were executed in a prison in the southern province of Assyut after the appeals process had been exhausted, a ministry statement said.

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Saudi Military Plane Crash Kills Two

Two Saudi Air Force pilots were killed on Sunday when their training aircraft crashed, the defense ministry announced.

"A training aircraft from the King Faisal Air Academy has had an accident. The aircraft crashed, killing an instructor and a student pilot," the official SPA news agency quoted a ministry spokesman as saying.

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Israel to Airlift 25 Infants from Nepal Born to Surrogates

Israel said Sunday it planned to airlift 25 infants from quake-hit Nepal born to surrogate mothers, along with their Israeli parents, most of them homosexual couples.

Officials said Israel was sending a military delegation to offer aid and help repatriate its citizens from Nepal following the quake that has claimed more than 2,500 lives.

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Bahrain Again Extends Top Rights Activist's Detention

Bahrain on Sunday extended by two weeks the period of detention for prominent rights activist Nabeel Rajab, accused of spreading false news, for the second time this month.

Rajab's family say he was arrested on April 2 for posting comments on Twitter denouncing alleged torture in a prison where Shiite activists are held.

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Syria Changes Passport Rules for Citizens Abroad

Syrian authorities will allow citizens abroad, including refugees who fled the war, to obtain passports without an intelligence service review for the first time, Syria's al-Watan newspaper said on Sunday.

The daily, which is close to the government, said the move would "create an appropriate climate" for consultations in Geneva next month on the possibility of renewed peace talks.

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Khamenei Criticizes Rich Kids after Deadly Car Crashes

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei criticized fast-driving wealthy youngsters Sunday for creating "psychological insecurity" on the streets after two high-speed accidents killed five people.

Addressing an audience of police chiefs, Khamenei said officers needed plans to deal with drivers who speed, and suggested such fatalities were a product of privilege and disregard for others.

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Israel Arrests Palestinian over Jerusalem Car Attack

Israeli police announced Sunday they had arrested a Palestinian suspected of deliberately ramming his car into three police officers in east Jerusalem following a day of clashes and deadly violence.

The suspect, a resident of Shuafat refugee camp in the city's annexed Arab eastern sector, is believed to have rammed the officers on a road in Al-Tur on the Mount of Olives late on Saturday.

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New Israel Coalition near after Negotiation Breakthrough

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was closer to forming a new coalition Sunday after the head of the far-right Jewish Home party relinquished his demand for the foreign ministry, political sources said.

Netanyahu, whose Likud party won a surprise victory in a March 17 election, has until May 6 to piece together a new government, after receiving a 14-day extension last week.

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New U.N. Yemen Envoy Looks to Revive Talks as Fighting Rages

A new U.N. envoy was looking to kickstart peace talks in Yemen as battles raged Sunday between Iran-backed rebels and pro-government forces a month after the launch of Saudi-led air strikes.

The Shiite Huthi rebels, who have overrun large parts of the country and forced President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi to flee abroad, have demanded an end to the air war as a condition for U.N.-sponsored talks.

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Regime Air Raids on Syrian Market Kill 40 Civilians

Syrian government air strikes on a marketplace Sunday killed at least 40 civilians, including women and children, in a rebel-held town near the border with Turkey, a monitoring group said.

The strikes on Darkush came a day after rebels seized Jisr al-Shughur, another town some 20 kilometers (12 miles) to the south and in the same province of Idlib.

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