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Yemen crisis: More than 100 die in attacks on Sanaa mosques

Yemen mosque bombingSuicide bombers have attacked two mosques in Yemen's capital, Sanaa, killing at least 126 people and wounding many others, reports say.

Worshippers were attending noon prayers at the Badr and al-Hashoosh mosques when at least four attackers struck.  The mosques are used mainly by supporters of the Zaidi Shia-led Houthi rebel movement, which controls Sanaa.


Netanyahu backs off from pre-election stance ruling out Palestinian state

Netnyahu recants on Palestinian statehood Binyamin Netanyahu has attempted to row back on his declaration that he would not allow the creation of a Palestinian state, amid mounting international criticism of comments made before his decisive election victory on Tuesday.

In his first interview since the vote, Netanyahu said: “I don’t want a one-state solution. I want a sustainable, peaceful two-state solution. But for that, circumstances have to change.”


Tunisia premier says 19 killed in museum attack, including 17 foreigners

8 killed in Tunisian museum attack At least 19 people were killed, including 17 foreign tourists, when militants attacked Tunisia's Bardo museum in the capital Tunis, Prime Minister Habib Essid said on Wednesday.

A Tunisian citizen and a policeman also died in the attack, Essid said.


Netanyahu claims victory in Israel election after hard right shift

NetanyahuPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed victory in Israel's election after exit polls showed he had erased his center-left rivals' lead with a hard rightward shift in which he abandoned a commitment to negotiate a Palestinian state.

Difficult coalition talks still lie ahead. Isaac Herzog, Netanyahu's chief opponent and head of the center-left Zionist Union, said "everything is still open" and that he already had spoken to party leaders about forming a government.


Ex-lawyer of 'Bin Laden hunt' doctor killed in Pakistan

ex-lawyer in bin laden hunt killedPolice say a former lawyer for the Pakistani doctor who helped the US find Osama bin Laden has been killed by armed men in the country's northwest.

Shakir Khan, a senior police officer, said unidentified assailants shot and killed Samiullah Khan Afridi on Tuesday in Peshawar before fleeing.

The killing comes just months after he announced that he will no longer be representing Dr Shakil Afridi, who was convicted in May 2012 of "conspiring against the state" by giving money and providing medical treatment to fighters, not for helping the CIA track down bin Laden.


Benjamin Netanyahu: No Palestinian state on my watch

NetanyahuIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Monday that as long as he his leading the country, there will be no Palestinian state.

According to the Times of Israel, during an interview with Israeli website NRG, Netanyahu was asked: “If you are prime minister, there will be no Palestinian state?” He answered: “Indeed.”


China becomes the world's third largest arms exporter

China weapons dealerChina has become the world's third largest exporter of arms after the US and Russia, according to a new report.

China overtook Germany, France and the UK in exporting weapons between 2010 and 2014, said the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

China now accounts for about 5% of the world's exports of arms.


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