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Libya's U.N. Envoy to Discuss Peace Plan with Rival Lawmakers

U.N. envoy Bernardino Leon was to hold talks with members of the General National Congress parliament which boycotted a UN peace deal for the conflict-hit country, both sides said Thursday.

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya said Leon would hold "consultations" with GNC representatives in Algiers Thursday night and Friday "to discuss ways to reinforce and move forward the dialogue process."

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Pentagon Denies U.S.-Trained Rebels Captured in Syria

The Pentagon denied reports Thursday that new graduates of its program to train Syrian rebels had been captured by rivals from an al-Qaida affiliate.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said earlier that al-Nusra Front had kidnapped eight members of a U.S.-backed rebel unit.

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Six Stabbed at Jerusalem Gay Pride March in 'Repeat Attack'

An ultra-Orthodox Jew allegedly stabbed six Gay Pride marchers in Jerusalem Thursday, gravely wounding one of them, just weeks after completing a 10-year sentence for a similar attack, police and medics said.

The assault occurred in Jerusalem's city center, with witnesses describing terrifying scenes of an assailant, dressed in ultra-Orthodox garb, storming the parade with a knife.

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Cairo, Riyadh Sign Pact to Boost Military Ties

Egypt and Saudi Arabia signed a pact in Cairo Thursday aimed at boosting military and economic ties between the two Arab allies.

Relations have warmed since the 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, with Saudi Arabia offering billions in aid to Egypt and Cairo participating in a Saudi-led bombing campaign against Iran-backed rebels in Yemen.

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30 Turkish Warplanes in New Strikes against PKK in N. Iraq

Thirty Turkish war planes on Thursday carried out a new wave of bombings against targets of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, the NTV and CNN-Turk channels reported.

The F-16 planes struck five locations in northern Iraq, hitting shelters, storage points, caves, and depots of the PKK in retaliation for a deadly attack that killed three Turkish troops earlier.

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Saudi Executes Syrian for Drug Trafficking

Saudi Arabia on Thursday beheaded a Syrian for drug trafficking, bringing to 108 the total number of executions this year, the interior ministry announced.

Qassem Mohammed al-Hilal had been convicted of importing a "large amount of amphetamine pills" into the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom, said a ministry statement carried by state news agency SPA.

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18 Dead in IS Attack on Kurd-Held Syria Town

At least 18 people were killed Thursday when Islamic State group jihadists attacked a town in northern Syria recently captured by Kurdish forces, a monitor said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said several IS fighters infiltrated Sarrin, in Aleppo province, and attacked a school being used as a base by the Kurds.

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Kurdish Party Chief Dismisses Turkey Anti-IS Raids as a 'Show'

The co-leader of Turkey's main Kurdish party on Thursday dismissed air strikes and police raids by Ankara against Islamic State (IS) jihadists as a "show", saying their real target was Kurdish militants.

In an interview with Agence France-Presse, Selahattin Demirtas of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) said the peace process between Turkey and Kurdish militants was now "in deep crisis" due to the offensive by Ankara against the separatist rebels but insisted it should not be written off.

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U.S. Delivers F-16s to Egypt ahead of Kerry Visit, Says Embassy

The United States began Thursday delivery of eight F-16 fighter jets to Egypt, according to its embassy in Cairo, the first since Washington fully lifted in March a freeze on arms delivery.

The operation comes as Secretary of State John Kerry's prepares to visit Cairo for a "strategic dialogue" Sunday amid a warming in ties that were strained after the army ousted president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

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Israel Charges 3rd Jewish Suspect after 'Miracle' Church Arson

Israeli prosecutors on Thursday charged a third Jewish suspect in a probe linked to a June arson attack at a shrine where Christians believe Jesus performed the miracle of loaves and fishes.

Authorities accused Moshe Orbach of writing and distributing a document detailing the "necessity" of attacking non-Jewish property and people as well as laying out practical advice to do so, the justice ministry said.

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