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Ultra-orthodox Jewish mourners carry the body of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef during his funeral in Jerusalem`

Hundreds of thousands crowd Jerusalem for funeral of leading scholar Rabbi Ovadia Yosef

Yosef had suffered from a variety of medical ailments for several years

Iran's Atomic Energy Organization president Ali Akbar Salehi said authorities had made the arrests at

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The protest march triggered clashes with police and troops

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Kerry: Condemned ‘political silliness’

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Supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi defied continuing attempts by the Egyptian authorities to destroy the Muslim Brotherhood by staging a series of nationwide demonstrations yesterday – a move which triggered violent clashes between protesters and police.

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Muslim Brotherhood calls for escalating protests ahead of Sunday's commemorations marking 1973 war with Israel

Iran claims cyber warfare expert not assassinated, as Israel remains cagey over involvement

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Israel Gutman, who died in Jerusalem on 30 September at the age of 90, survived the Nazi atrocities of the Second World War then dedicated his life to researching the Holocaust. Born in Warsaw in 1923, he was wounded during fighting in the Warsaw Ghetto uprising in 1943 when a few hundred poorly armed Jews put up resistance to Nazi troops who were rounding up residents and sending them to death camps.

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'A wolf in sheep's clothing': Don’t be fooled - Iran still wants nuclear bomb, says Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu

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