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Israel PM Denies Seeking Armored Car for Wife

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday denied local media reports that his office requested a $500,000 armored vehicle for his wife.

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Israeli Court Approves Razing West Bank Bedouin Village

Israel's supreme court ruled Thursday in favor of demolishing a Palestinian Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank, despite a campaign by European governments to save it.

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Syria Kurds Announce Capture of Prominent French Jihadist

Kurdish-led forces in northern Syria on Thursday announced the capture of French jihadist Adrien Guihal, known as the voice that claimed 2016 attacks in France for the Islamic State group.

"The SDF's intelligence services conducted an operation on May 19 that led to the capture of a group of IS jihadists led by Adrien Guihal, known as Abu Osama al-Faransi," the Syrian Democratic Forces said in a statement.

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17 Missing as Cyclone Pummels Yemen's Socotra Island

Seventeen people were missing and hundreds of others evacuated from their homes Thursday after a cyclone hit Socotra, with Yemen's government declaring the island a "disaster province."

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Algeria Blasts NGOs for 'Malicious Campaign' over Migrant Expulsions

Algeria blasted rights groups on Thursday for leading a "malicious campaign" against it, after NGOs accused the North African country of arresting sub-Saharan migrants en masse and forcefully deporting them.

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Saudi Arabia Says New Yemen Missile Intercepted

Saudi air defences on Thursday intercepted a ballistic missile over the southern city of Jizan after it was fired from rebel-held territory in neighbouring Yemen, a Saudi-led military coalition said.

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Pentagon Denies Reports U.S.-Led Strike Hit Syrian Regime

The Pentagon denied reports Thursday that the U.S.-led coalition had killed at least 12 pro-regime fighters in Syria.

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U.S. Weighs UN Funding Cuts after Palestinians Join Agencies

The United States is considering whether to cut funding to two UN agencies and the chemical weapons watchdog after the Palestinians joined the organizations, a US official said Wednesday.

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5 Dead in Baghdad Cafe Suicide Bombing Claimed by IS

At least five people were killed and several others wounded when a suicide bomber struck a cafe in Baghdad, police said Thursday, in a pre-dawn attack claimed by the Islamic State group. 

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Israel Announces Plan to Approve 2,500 New Settler Homes

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Thursday he would request approval from a planning committee for the building of 2,500 new homes in 30 West Bank settlements.

"The 2,500 new units we'll approve in the planning committee next week are for immediate construction in 2018," Lieberman said in a statement, adding he would also seek the committee's approval for a further 1,400 settlement units for later construction.

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