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Zainab Bazzal, 43, mother of Lebanese soldier Ali Bazzal, who was kidnapped by Islamic militants, reacts after she was beaten by riot policemen when she was blocking roads with other families, during a demonstration a day after the Nusra Front threatened to kill one of the soldiers, demanding that the government negotiate seriously with the militants, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon.

Families of kidnapped Lebanese soldiers protest

Protesters and some journalists were also beaten by security forces as they broke up the demonstration

Palestinians carry their belongings as they leave their flooded family house during heavy rain in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. Hundreds of houses were flooded following a rain storm in several area in Gaza. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

UN declares state of emergency over Gaza floods

Hundreds of residents have evacuated their homes

A file picture taken on October 29, 2012 shows Israeli Prime Minister and Chairman of the Likud party Benjamin Netanyahu, centre, waving to the crowd on stage next to then Minister of Welfare and Social Services Moshe Kahlon during the Likud party’s central convention in Tel Aviv. Kahlon, a popular former minister in Israel has announced a comeback at the head of a new party amid speculation Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is about to call early elections. He resigned as communications minister in October 2012, three months before the last general election, held a founding meeting attended by 350 supporters at a seaside hotel on Novemver 27, 2014, media reported.

New Israeli party born amid early election talk

Netanyahu’s Likud is suffering in opinion polls

An army helicopter patrols over Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. Two senior Egyptian army officers were killed early Friday morning as security forces arrested more than 100 Islamists ahead of planned anti-government demonstrations. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Gunmen shoot dead Egypt army general in Cairo

More than 100 Islamists arrested ahead of planned demonstration

Head of the Palestinian Mission in France, Hael Al Fahoum, listens during a debate on the recognition of Palestine by the French Parliament in Paris yesterday.

France to recognise Palestine if peace fails

Parliament to carry out symbolic recognition vote on Tuesday













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