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Saudi Arrests 88 in 'Anti-Terrorism' Drive

Saudi Arabia has arrested 88 suspected extremists, more than half of them ex-Qaida detainees who had previously been released, the interior ministry announced on Tuesday.

The arrests come as part of the kingdom's drive to "punish" those "belonging to or supporting" groups classified as "terrorist," the ministry added in a statement on the official SPA news agency.

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'Unprecedented' Regime Strikes on Syria Rebel District, Says NGO

Syrian warplanes pounded the rebel Jubar district of the capital Damascus with unprecedented ferocity on Tuesday, launching 25 raids, a monitor said.

"It's the largest number of air raids to hit Jubar since the beginning of the army offensive on the district" six days ago, said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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Finance Minister Says Land Grab Erodes Israel Support

Finance Minister Yair Lapid warned Tuesday that Israel was eroding its international support, as criticism abroad mounted of its biggest grab of Palestinian land since the 1980s.

Lapid complained the security cabinet had not been consulted about Sunday's announcement of the confiscation of 400 hectares (988 acres) of land in the occupied West Bank to pave the way for further settlement building.

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Yemen President to Replace Govt. after Rebels Pressure

Yemen's president is to name a new prime minister and cut a disputed fuel price hike as he bids to head off escalating tension with Shiite rebels, an official said Tuesday.

Faced with increased pressure from the Huthi rebels and a deepening political crisis, President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi "has agreed to go ahead with the initiative and form a new national unity government," his media adviser Fares Saqqaf told AFP.

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Austria Arrests Suspected Syria-Bound Jihadist

A Chechen asylum seeker suspected of preparing to join Islamist guerrillas in Syria has been arrested in Austria, police said Tuesday, nearly two weeks after they detained nine others.

European countries have tightened controls over potential jihadists traveling to and from Syria and Iraq ever since Islamic State (IS) combatants overran large swaths of Iraq in June.

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Iraqi Forces Press Advance as Parliament Stormed

Iraqi forces made more progress Tuesday in their fightback against jihadists, even as anger boiled over in Baghdad where protesters stormed parliament over the fate of missing soldiers who surrendered in June.

After breaking a months-long jihadist siege of the Shiite Turkmen-majority town of Amerli by Islamic State (IS) fighters, troops also regained control of part of a key highway linking Baghdad to the north.

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Egypt Military Academy Stampede Kills 9

Nine people were killed on Tuesday in a stampede outside a military academy in Egypt by relatives seeking to visit cadets, the army said in a statement.

The military released a statement expressing its condolences over the accident, adding that the relatives had crowded around the gates of the complex in Ismailia, northeast of Cairo, in violation of regulations for visitors.

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U.N. Provides Aid for Record 4.1 Million in Syria

The World Food Program said on Tuesday that it provided food to a record 4.1 million people inside Syria last month.

The U.N. agency said it was able to reach more people because of a Security Council resolution adopted in July that authorized the movement of humanitarian aid to Syrians in rebel-held areas without government approval.

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Saudi Arabia Beheads 4 Drug Traffickers

Three Syrians and an Iranian convicted of drug trafficking were executed by the sword in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, the interior ministry announced.

Syrians Hamud Hassoun, Hassan Musalamani and Yussef al-Halqi were all arrested with a "large amount of banned amphetamine pills", said three separate statements on the official SPA news agency.

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Security Official: Sinai Blast Kills 11 Egypt Policemen

Eleven Egyptian policemen were killed when a roadside bomb blast struck their armored vehicle in the restive Sinai Peninsula on Tuesday, security officials said.

Islamist militants have claimed a string of attacks that have killed scores of policemen and soldiers, mostly in north Sinai, since the army overthrew president Mohamed Morsi in July last year.

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