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Suicide bomber kills 21 at Saudi Shi'ite mosque, Islamic State claims attack

DUBAI - A suicide bomber killed 21 worshippers on Friday in a packed Shi'ite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia, residents and the health minister said, the first attack in the kingdom to be claimed by Islamic State militants. | Video

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Dispute over Mideast nuclear arms ban set to torpedo U.N. meeting

UNITED NATIONS - A month-long review conference on the 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty appeared headed for failure on Friday after its members were unable to overcome disagreements on an atomic weapons ban for the Middle East and other issues.

22 May 2015

West, Africa trade barbs on U.N. appeal against illicit small arms

UNITED NATIONS - Western and African members of the U.N. Security Council criticized each other on Friday after the 15-nation body narrowly passed a resolution calling for global action against illicit trade in small arms and light weapons.

Africa 22 May 2015

Wounded Egyptian soldier kidnapped and killed in Sinai - sources

CAIRO - Suspected Islamist militants kidnapped a wounded Egyptian soldier then killed him in the restive North Sinai province on Friday, security sources said.

Egypt 22 May 2015

China says U.S. South China Sea actions 'irresponsible, dangerous'

BEIJING/WASHINGTON - China said on Friday it was "strongly dissatisfied" after a U.S. spy plane flew over part of the South China Sea this week near where China is building artificial islands, and called on the United States to stop such action or risk causing an accident.

22 May 2015

Iran's Yemen-bound aid ship docks in Djibouti, WFP to deliver aid cargo

London - An Iranian aid ship docked on Friday in Djibouti, where its cargo will be inspected by the United Nations before being moved to conflict-torn Yemen, Iran's semi-official Fars news agency reported.

Yemen, Middle East 22 May 2015