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Israel to attend US ME peace conference
AFP, Jerusalem
Israel will attend an upcoming conference on the economic aspects of Washington's peace plan aimed at resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Foreign Minister Israel Katz has said.
"Israel will be represented at the Bahrain economic workshop in a way that will be decided later on," Katz wrote on Twitter late Sunday. "Israel has the ability to contribute to the development of the region with technology, innovation and other ways," he added.

30 killed in suicide bombings in Nigeria
AFP, Kano
Thirty people were killed late Sunday in a triple suicide bombing in northeast Nigeria, emergency services reported, in an attack bearing the hallmarks of the Boko Haram jihadist group. Three bombers detonated their explosives outside a hall in Konduga, 38 kilometres (24 miles) from the Borno state capital Maiduguri, where football fans were watching a match on TV.
"The death toll from the attack has so far increased to 30. We have over 40 people injured," Usman Kachalla, head of operations at the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), said on Monday.

Ten killed in Paraguay prison riot
AFP, Asuncion
A riot at a prison in Paraguay left 10 inmates dead and 10 wounded, the interior ministry said Sunday.
Interior minister Juan Villamayor said that there was a "confrontation" between "two feared criminal organizations" at the prison in San Pedro de Ycuamandiyu, some 400 kilometers (248 miles) northeast of the capital. "All of the dead belong to the narco groups," Villamayor said.

Venezuela bus accident kills 18
AFP, Caracas
At least 18 people were killed Sunday in a bus accident in a rural area of western Venezuela, police said. "Fourteen deaths were reported at the scene of the accident, 33 injured were transferred to the hospital in Villa del Rosario, where four of them died," police said in a report seen by AFP. The accident occurred in a rural area of Zulia state which borders Colombia.

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