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Egypt's Court Rules Part of Protest Law Unconstitutional

Egypt's top court has struck down part of a law that allowed authorities to ban all but officially sanctioned protests, a court official said Saturday.

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Halt Settlement Vote until Trump Takes Office

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman says a parliamentary vote to legalise Jewish settler homes in the West Bank should be put on hold until Donald Trump becomes US president.

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Death Toll from Last Month's IS Bombing in Iraq Rises to 92

Iraqi officials say the death toll from a Nov. 24 suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State group has risen to 92, including about 40 Iranians.

The hospital and police officials said Saturday that another 105 people were wounded in the bombing at a gas station near the city of Hilla, south of Baghdad.

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Kerry: No Military Intervention on the Table for Libya

US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that there would be no foreign military intervention in Libya and called for a diplomatic solution as violence flared in the capital Tripoli.

"Our tools are diplomacy. We are not looking at other options," Kerry told journalists alongside his Italian counterpart Paolo Gentiloni following a summit in Rome on the future of countries in the Mediterranean region.    

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Militias Clash in Libya's Tripoli, Worst Violence in 2 Years

Clashes are continuing for the second day among heavily-armed militias in the Libyan capital Tripoli in what appears to be the worst outbreak of violence there in two years.

Witnesses on Friday say gun battles are rocking the southeastern Nasr Forest district and adjacent neighborhoods between militias vying for power and control over the city.

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Syria Rebels Mount Fierce Defence of Key Aleppo District

Rebels put up fierce resistance on Friday in a key district of Syria's battered Aleppo, where a regime offensive has left bodies in the streets and sparked a global outcry.

The government assault on the northern city has spurred a mass exodus of tens of thousands of residents from the opposition-held east and prompted fresh calls by Russia for aid corridors.  

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Civil Society Groups Urge U.N. General Assembly Action on Syria

More than 200 humanitarian and human rights groups called Thursday for the U.N. General Assembly to address Syria's deadly conflict, citing the Security Council's paralysis in dealing with the crisis.

In a declaration published in New York, the 223 signatories said the Security Council "has failed Syrians" and particularly pointed out its inability to stop the Syrian regime's offensive against east Aleppo.

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Saudi Rights Activist Jail Term Hiked to '11 Years'

A Saudi Arabian court on Thursday increased to 11 years the jail sentence of a human rights activist, reflecting a continued crackdown, Amnesty International said.

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Heavy Rain Piles Misery on Mosul Displaced

Abdelwahed Mahmud dug gullies around his tent in northern Iraq Thursday after heavy overnight rain flooded Khazir camp, the latest hardship to hit the thousands of families displaced around Mosul.

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U.N. Envoy Meets Yemen's Hadi in New Peace Bid

The U.N. envoy to Yemen and President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi met Thursday in the southern city of Aden to discuss a new bid to end the country's conflict, a government official said.

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