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Jerusalem Palestinian Charged with Trying to Join IS

Israeli prosecutors Monday charged a Palestinian resident of east Jerusalem with allegedly trying to join the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria, the Shin Bet domestic security agency said.

Khalil Adel Khalil, born in 1990 and a resident of A-Tur neighborhood, had been inspired by IS videos and in August resolved to join it in Syria, a Shin Bet statement said.

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Mortar Attack on Damascus Historic Souk Kills 1, Wounds 30

A mortar attack on a historic souk in central Damascus on Monday killed one person and wounded 30 others, Syria's official news agency said.

"Terrorists launched two mortar rounds on Tarek Ben Ziyad Street, in the Hariqa market of Damascus, which killed one person, wounded 30 others," SANA reported, citing a high-ranking police source.

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Iranian Filmmaker with Ties to Canada Arrested in Iran

A Toronto-based filmmaker with Canadian residency has been arrested in Iran, his family said Monday.

Mostafa Azizi, 53, returned to his birth country in February to care for his ailing father, and was considering moving back when he was arrested on February 1, his son Arash told Agence France-Presse.

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Chaos Grips Yemen President's Former Refuge

Water and power cuts, food shortages and a total lack of security -- Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi's former southern stronghold Aden is descending into chaos.

Deadly clashes between local militia fighters and Huthi Shiite rebels, who have seized much of the country, are taking a heavy toll on residents in the port city.

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'You Will Die Tomorrow': Turkish Reporter Recalls Capture by IS

"Now stand up, pray and repent," the man told Turkish photojournalist Bunyamin Aygun. "We are going to execute you tomorrow by the sword."

"I had all my life before me," he said. "I started dreaming how I would be executed every time I closed my eyes."

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Filipino Killed, Five Wounded in Libya Attack

A Filipino oil worker has been killed and five others wounded in a rocket attack on a coastal town west of the Libya capital, a Libyan security source said on Monday.

Three other Filipino oil workers were wounded in Sunday's attack on Zawiya, 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of Tripoli, the source said.

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U.S. Drone Killed Two Iranian Troops in Iraq

Two Iranian Revolutionary Guardsmen were killed by a U.S. drone in the Iraqi city of Tikrit, Iranian state media said Monday, in a report that was denied by the Pentagon.

The official IRNA news agency said the two had been posted to Iraq as advisers in the war against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists and that they died in the drone strike on March 23.

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Egypt Dog-Killers' Jail Terms Reduced on Appeal

An Egyptian court Monday commuted a three-year jail sentence given to three men for the brutal street killing of a dog that was recorded and went viral on the Internet.

Earlier this month, a lower court convicted the three along with the dog's owner, who was tried in absentia, for "thuggery" and "torturing a domestic animal to death," after the footage sparked public outrage.

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U.N. Warns of Syria 'Catastrophe' as NGOs Pledge Funds

A U.N. envoy warned Monday of a "horrifying" humanitarian situation brewing in Syria as non-governmental organizations pledged more than $500 million for refugees on the eve of a major donor conference.

The United Nations has launched an appeal to raise $8.4 billion for Syria this year and hopes to receive major pledges at the donor meeting on Tuesday in Kuwait.

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UAE Carriers Introduce 'Rule of Two' after Alps Crash

Leading carriers Emirates and Etihad Airways said Monday that their cockpits will have two crew members in at all times under new procedures introduced in response to the Germanwings disaster.

Investigators believe co-pilot Andreas Lubitz locked his captain out of the cockpit of Flight 4U 9525 and deliberately steered the Airbus A320 into a French mountainside last week, killing all 150 people onboard.

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