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Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian late on Saturday near Nablus in the north of the occupied West Bank, Palestinian security officials said.

They said Ahmad al-Najjar, 19, was killed and another man was wounded by live fire during a clash with Israeli forces.

An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed to AFP that soldiers had opened fire on two Palestinians who had thrown petrol bombs at vehicles on a road near Nablus used by civilians.

“Such attacks represent an immediate threat,” she said, adding that one Palestinian was wounded in the leg.

The second Palestinian had been “hit”, she said, but was unable to say whether he had been killed.

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Sunni-ruled Bahrain said Saturday it had revoked the citizenship of 72 people convicted of “harming the interests of the kingdom” in unrest by the Shiite majority since 2011.

The official BNA news agency said their nationality had been rescinded in a decree as part of measures to “preserve security and stability and fight the danger of terrorist threats”.

BNA published a list of the 72 people affected by the measure adopted by the interior ministry and approved by the cabinet.

“Proper legal procedures will be taken by the interior ministry to implement this decision,” it added.

This is the largest number of Bahrainis to be stripped of their nationality since a law passed in 2013 on the punishment of those convicted of “terrorist” acts.

Last November, three Shiites were sentenced to 10 years in prison and stripped of their citizenship for planning to attack the police.

Their case followed that of another 18 deprived of their citizenship after the authorities in 2012 revoked the nationality of 31 Shiites for “endangering state security”.

Bahrain, ruled by the Sunni Al-Khalifa dynasty, is home to the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet and sits across the Gulf from mainly Shiite Iran.

The tiny but strategic Gulf nation has been rocked by unrest since a 2011 Shiite-led uprising demanding a constitutional monarchy and more representative government.

At least 89 people have been killed in clashes with security forces since 2011, while hundreds have been arrested and put on trial, rights groups say.

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Russia’s economy minister on Saturday said GDP is expected to shrink by three percent in 2015 with oil prices at $50 a barrel, while capital flight is estimated to be $115 billion.

The government previously predicted the contraction at 0.8 percent. Inflation predictions have also been revised for the current year from 7.5 percent to 12 percent, minister Alexei Ulyukayev said, news agencies reported.

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A source close to Hamas’ armed wing signalled on Saturday the group would no longer accept Cairo as a broker between it and Israel, after an Egyptian court banned the Islamist group’s armed wing and listed it as a terrorist organisation.

“After the court’s decision Egypt is no longer a mediator in Palestinian-Israeli matters,” the source told Reuters. Cairo has played a key role in brokering ceasefires between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip numerous times. 

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