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Afghan blast kills 33; president blames Islamic State

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JALALABAD, Afghanistan - A suicide bomber in Afghanistan's eastern city of Jalalabad killed 33 people and injured more than 100 on Saturday, setting off a blast outside a bank where government workers collect salaries, the city's police chief said. | Video

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Yemen government rejects Iranian peace plan 18 Apr 2015

ADEN - Yemen's government has rejected a four-point peace plan for the country that Iran submitted to the United Nations, a spokesman said on Saturday.

Heavy clashes in central district, suburb of Tripoli 18 Apr 2015

TRIPOLI - Heavy clashes broke out in the Libyan capital on Saturday, residents said, with gunfire and explosions heard in areas home to groups that oppose the Tripoli-based government.

Assailant opens fire on pro-Kurdish party office in Turkey 18 Apr 2015

ISTANBUL - An unidentified gunman fired shots at the headquarters of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party on Saturday, but there were no casualties in an attack the party and the government described as a provocation ahead of a June parliamentary election.

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Iraqi forces retake most of Baiji refinery from Islamic State 18 Apr 2015

BAGHDAD - Iraqi forces retook most of the country's largest refinery from Islamic State on Saturday, officials said, reversing gains by the militants who seized parts of the sprawling complex in northern Iraq this week.

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Israel says to transfer of frozen tax funds to Palestinians 18 Apr 2015

JERUSALEM/RAMALLAH, West Bank - Israel said on Saturday it would transfer $470 million of withheld tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority following talks between a senior Israeli military officer and Palestinian officials.

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Car bomb kills three outside U.S. consulate in Iraq's Kurdish capital 18 Apr 2015

ERBIL - A car bombing claimed by the Islamic State killed three people on Friday outside the U.S. consulate in Erbil, in a relatively rare attack in the capital of Iraq's Kurdistan region. | Video

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Former president defiant as humanitarian toll mounts in Yemen war 18 Apr 2015

ADEN - Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh said on Friday he would not leave the country, dismissing reports in the Gulf Arab media that he was seeking a safe exit as Saudi Arabian war planes bomb troops loyal to him and their Houthi militia allies.

Gulf states unhappy about U.N. chief's ceasefire appeal - sources 17 Apr 2015

UNITED NATIONS - Several Gulf Arab states are unhappy about U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon's call for an immediate ceasefire by all sides in Yemen and are expected to raise the issue in a meeting with him early next week, U.N. diplomatic sources said on Friday.

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Car bomb kills three outside U.S. consulate in Iraq's Kurdish capital 17 Apr 2015

ERBIL - A car bombing claimed by the Islamic State killed three people on Friday outside the U.S. consulate in Erbil, in a relatively rare attack in the capital of Iraq's Kurdistan region.

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