5 December 2011
Last updated at 09:47 ET
At least 25 people have been killed in a series of bomb attacks in central Iraq targeting Shia pilgrims marking the festival of Ashura, officials say.
Egyptians have been voting in run-off polls resulting from the first round of parliamentary elections, with Islamist parties trying to extend their lead.
Syria responds "positively" to an Arab League initiative aimed at ending eight months of deadly unrest, according to its foreign ministry spokesman.
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