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Blinken lands in Cairo for start of Mideast visit

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Egypt Sunday on the first stop of his Middle East visit, where he is expected to address a surge in deadly Israeli-Palestinian violence.

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Israel takes measures against families of Palestinian attackers

Israel sealed the family home Sunday of a Palestinian in east Jerusalem who killed seven people near a synagogue, as part of measures to revoke certain rights of attackers' relatives.

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Israeli police arrest dozens after deadly synagogue shooting

Israel police said Saturday they arrested dozens of people after a Palestinian gunman killed seven people outside a synagogue in one of the deadliest attacks in Jerusalem in years.

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Two Israelis wounded in shooting near Jerusalem Old City

Two Israelis were wounded Saturday in a gun attack just outside the Old City in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, Israel's Magen David Adom rescue emergency response service said.

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Palestinian kills 7 Israelis outside E. Jerusalem synanogue

A Palestinian gunman opened fire outside an east Jerusalem synagogue Friday night, killing seven Israelis and wounding three others in one of the deadliest attacks on Israelis in years, medical officials said. The attack was halted when the gunman was shot by Israeli police.

The killings took place a day after Israeli troops killed nine Palestinians in a raid in the West Bank and raised the likelihood of further bloodshed.

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All eyes on turnout as Tunisia votes again after boycott

Tunisians are to vote again on Sunday in elections for a parliament stripped of its powers, the final pillar of President Kais Saied's remake of politics in the birthplace of the Arab Spring.

The second-round vote comes as the North African country grapples with a grave economic crisis and deep political divisions over Saied's July 2021 power grab.

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Watchdog blames Syria's air force for deadly chlorine attack

An investigation by the global chemical weapons watchdog established there are "reasonable grounds to believe" Syria's air force dropped two cylinders containing chlorine gas on the city of Douma in April 2018, killing 43 people.

A report published Friday by a team from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons offered the latest confirmation that the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons during his country's grinding civil war.

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Iraq's Kurdish region warns against 'unlawful' stop to funds

Iraqi Kurdish authorities have pushed back against a decision by Iraq's top court that blocked payments from state coffers funding the semi-autonomous region.

Jutiar Adel, a spokesperson for Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government said in a statement that the "unlawful decision from an illegitimate court will impact (the) mutual understanding" between Kurdish authorities in northeastern Iraq and the central government in Baghdad.

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Blinken headed to Mideast as US alarm over violence grows

Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to Egypt, Israel and the West Bank this weekend, the State Department announced Thursday, as the U.S. expressed alarm about escalating violence after Israel's single deadliest operation in the West Bank in two decades.

Blinken's visit to Israel has been planned for weeks, but the Israeli raid on a West Bank refugee camp earlier Thursday — which the Palestinians say killed nine people, including a 61-year-old woman — will likely dominate his talks in Jerusalem and Ramallah. The Israeli military also fatally shot a 22-year-old Palestinian later in the day.

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Jerusalem, West Bank on edge after outbreak of violence

Israel's defense minister signaled Friday that the military would stop its airstrikes if Palestinian militant groups halted rocket attacks, a day after the deadliest Israeli raid in decades raised the prospect of a major flare-up in fighting.

After a limited exchange of Palestinian rockets and Israeli airstrikes on Gaza overnight, residents of Jerusalem were on edge Friday morning as they waited to see what comes next.

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