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Bomb explodes at Hezbollah checkpoint in eastern Lebanon

21 September 2014

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A car bomb exploded at a checkpoint controlled by Shi'ite Muslim group Hezbollah in eastern Lebanon on Saturday, security sources and the state news agency NNA said.

Egypt to host Palestinian-Israeli Gaza talks in days - state news agency

21 September 2014

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt will host talks between rival Palestinian factions within days, followed by indirect negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis on the ceasefire in Gaza, the state news agency MENA said on Saturday. The report quoted an Egyptian official as saying that delegations from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction and the Islamic militant group Hamas, which dominates Gaza, would meet on Monday "to complete the Palestinian reconciliation". The official said Palestinian negotiators would then meet with their Israeli counterparts starting on Wednesday to continue talks on a ceasefire in Gaza that resulted from Egyptian-mediated talks in Cairo last month.

Rival prime ministers address Libyans, highlighting divisions

21 September 2014

BENGHAZI Libya (Reuters) - Libya's rival prime ministers both addressed the nation, with each claiming legitimacy and denouncing the other side, highlighting deep divisions in the oil producing country.

Smoke rises from a residential area near the headquarters of Yemen's state-run television building during an attack from Shi'ite Houthi rebels in Sanaa September 20, 2014. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

Agreement reached between Yemeni government and warring Houthi rebels - U.N. envoy

21 September 2014

SANAA (Reuters) - A United Nations envoy to Yemen said on Saturday that the government had reached an agreement to end fighting with the Shi'ite Houthi militia who have brought their northern rebellion into the capital Sanaa.

Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai speaks during a news conference in Kabul September 10, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

Afghan presidential rivals at last reach unity deal after disputed vote

21 September 2014

KABUL (Reuters) - The rival candidates in Afghanistan's messy election for a new president finally struck a power-sharing deal on Saturday, aides said, after more than two months of tension over a vote in which each side accused the other of fraud.

An empty street is seen at the start of a three-day national lockdown in Freetown September 19, 2014. REUTERS/Umaru Fofana

Sierra Leone Ebola burial team attacked despite lockdown

21 September 2014

FREETOWN (Reuters) - A team burying Ebola victims was attacked in Sierra Leone's capital on Saturday, a member of parliament said, as some residents defied a three-day lockdown aimed at halting the worst outbreak of the disease on record.

Greek leftist opposition leads ruling conservatives - polls

21 September 2014

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's main leftist opposition Syriza party has widened its lead over the conservatives in the ruling coalition, polls showed on Saturday, amid rising speculation that the selection of a new president of state may lead to early elections.

Ukraine ceasefire is 'in name only' - NATO

21 September 2014

VILNIUS (Reuters) - Fighting in Ukraine is continuing and the truce there is a ceasefire "in name only", NATO's top military commander said on Saturday.

A Turkish soldier stands guard as Syrian Kurds cross the border fence into Turkey near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, September 19, 2014.  REUTERS/Stringer

About 60,000 Syrian Kurds flee to Turkey from Islamic State advance

21 September 2014

SURUC Turkey (Reuters) - About 60,000 Syrian Kurds fled into Turkey in the space of 24 hours, a deputy prime minister said on Saturday, as Islamic State militants seized dozens of villages close to the border.

Debris is seen at the crash site of Air Algerie flight AH5017 near the northern Mali town of Gossi, July 24, 2014.   REUTERS/Burkina Faso Military/Handout via Reuters

Cause of Air Algerie July crash in Mali still unknown

21 September 2014

BAMAKO/PARIS (Reuters) - Investigators studying the sudden plunge of an Air Algerie plane from an altitude of more than 30,000 feet onto Malian scrubland in July still do not have an explanation, they said on Saturday.

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