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50 Killed as Syria Rebels Attack Army Barracks in Aleppo

Nearly 50 people were killed on Thursday when Syrian rebels attacked one of the largest military barracks in the country, in northern Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

It said at least 27 soldiers and pro-regime militiamen were killed and that the rebel losses of 20 dead included a commander.

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Growing Jihadist Threat in Tunisia Border Area

Tunisia faces a growing jihadist threat in the mountainous region near the border with Algeria where several soldiers have been killed battling militant Islamists, the defense ministry said on Thursday.

The presidency on Wednesday declared Mount Chaambi, as well as some surrounding areas including the mountains of Sammama, Salloum and Mghilla, "zones closed for military operations".

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Three Britons in Custody over Hammer Attack on UAE Women

Three men were remanded in custody by a British court Thursday in connection with a hammer attack at a London hotel on three wealthy tourists from the United Arab Emirates.

The attack happened in the early hours of April 6 in a room on the seventh floor of the four-star Cumberland Hotel, next to Hyde Park and the main Oxford Street shopping area.

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Brahimi Says Talks on Lifting Homs Siege Should Restart

Syria's government and opposition groups should resume talks to lift the siege on Homs, where bombardments have re-started, international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said on Thursday.

U.N.-Arab League envoy Brahimi said the discussions had been well underway between the Syrian government and "a negotiating committee representing the civilians and fighters still trapped in the Old city of Homs as well as the inhabitants of the Al-Waer neighborhood."

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Syria Presidential Hopefuls to Register from Monday

Candidates for Syria's presidential election can begin registering on April 21, when the date for the vote will be announced, a government source told Agence France Presse on Thursday.

"On Monday April 21, the Council of the People (parliament) will meet to open registration for presidential candidates and set a date for the election," the source said.

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Tunisian Diplomat Kidnapped in Libya

A Tunisian diplomat was kidnapped Thursday in Tripoli in unknown circumstances, a Libyan security source told Agence France Presse, just two days after armed men seized Jordan's ambassador.

A Tunisian source confirmed the abduction and identified the diplomat as Al-Aroussi Kontassi, without giving further details.

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Gulf Ministers to Meet over Qatar Dispute

Gulf foreign ministers hold Thursday an extraordinary meeting in Riyadh in a bid to defuse tensions between Qatar and three other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, an official said.

Heavyweight Saudi Arabia, as well as the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain recalled their ambassadors from Qatar last month, accusing it of meddling in their internal affairs and supporting the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Massacre-Scarred Algeria Village Votes for 'Peace, That's All'

In a village scarred by one of the bloodiest massacres of Algeria's civil war in the 1990s, residents turned out for Thursday's presidential election to vote for "peace, that's all".

The military-backed government's decision to cancel elections in 1991 that Islamists were poised to win sparked a decade of bloodshed, and the violence of the 1990s is never far from Algerians' minds.

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Kuwaiti MP Wants Protesting Stateless Sent to Desert Camp

A Kuwaiti lawmaker Thursday urged his government to send stateless people convicted of breaching public security and protesting to a camp he suggested should be built in the desert.

Nabil al-Fadhl, a pro-government MP known for his strong positions against Kuwait's stateless people, said the camp should be supplied with food and the necessary amenities.

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Anti-vote Youths, Police Clash in Algeria's Kabylie

Clashes erupted in Algeria's restive Kabylie region between security forces and youths opposed to Thursday's presidential election, leaving around 40 people wounded, local sources said.

Separate groups of youths seeking to disrupt voting in the Bouria region, southeast of Algiers, ransacked polling stations in three localities shortly after they opened at 0700 GMT, with the police firing to disperse them.

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