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Syria Regime Air Strikes Kill 11 Children, Says Monitor

Syrian government air strikes on two rebel-held areas of the central province of Homs killed at least 25 civilians, 11 of them children, a monitoring group said on Sunday.

Sixteen members of a single family were among 18 people killed in raids late Saturday on the town of Talbisseh, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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Egypt President Says Suicide Bomber Had outside Support

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Saturday that a suicide bombing, by a suspected jihadist, which killed 30 soldiers in the Sinai peninsula was carried out with "external support".

Egypt imposed a state of emergency across parts of Sinai as the military pounded suspected jihadists after Friday's suicide car bombing.

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Jihadists Flock to Libya's Remote South to Train

Libya's remote desert south has become a haven for north African jihadists who have set up training camps in what has traditionally been a hotbed of arms smuggling, experts say.

Oil-rich Libya slid into chaos after veteran dictator Moammar Gadhafi was toppled and killed in a NATO-backed uprising three years ago.

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U.S. Struggles to Turn the Tide in War against IS

After more than two months of air strikes, a U.S.-led coalition has prevented the fall of a northern Syrian town to Islamic State jihadists but is still struggling to halt the group's advances on other fronts, experts say.

Since the air war on the IS militants began on August 8, the United States and its allies have few concrete successes to point to as the IS group has continued to roll ahead in western Iraq and tighten its grip elsewhere.

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Morocco Says to Bolster Security in the Face of 'Threats'

Morocco, which has frequently reported the arrest of jihadists and is concerned over the number of its citizens fighting in Syria and Iraq, announced Saturday plans to bolster its security.

Interior Minister Mohamed Hassad said new measures will be deployed progressively to "confront the different threats facing the kingdom," according to his office.

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U.S.-led Strikes Pound IS Jihadists in Iraq, Syria

U.S.-led warplanes bombarded the Islamic State group Friday with new air strikes as heavily armed Iraqi Kurdish fighters were set to reinforce the besieged Syrian border town of Kobane.

Kurdish forces, backed by U.S. air power, have been holding out for weeks against an IS offensive around Kobane, which has become a high-profile symbol of efforts to stop the advance of the jihadists.

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Iran Acid Attack Suspects Freed over 'Lack of Evidence'

Several Iranian men arrested on suspicion of committing horrific acid attacks on women have been released due to insufficient evidence, the interior minister revealed Saturday.

The attacks in Isfahan, Iran's top tourist destination, have shocked the public and provoked a major protest there Wednesday from citizens who demanded better security and action over such violent crimes.

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Clashes in Jerusalem ahead of Palestinian Hit-and-Run Attacker's Funeral

Israeli police clashed with Palestinians in east Jerusalem on Saturday and braced for more ahead of the funeral of a Palestinian driver who drove into a crowd, killing an Israeli baby.

With tensions further stoked after the army shot dead a West Bank teenager on Friday there were also reports of stoning of Israeli vehicles on roads around Ramallah.

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U.S. Condemns Iranian Woman's Execution

The United States on Saturday condemned the hanging of a Iranian woman convicted of murdering a former intelligence officer she claimed had tried to sexually assault her.

"We condemn this morning's execution in Iran of Reyhaneh Jabbari," said the statement by State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, who said there were "serious concerns with the fairness of the trial and the circumstances surrounding this case."

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Iraqi Kurdish Forces Retake Town from Jihadists

Iraqi Kurdish forces on Saturday retook the northern town of Zumar from Islamic State (IS) group jihadists after weeks of fighting, a senior officer said.

"After clashes that began this morning and with American air support, we were able to force (IS) militants from the center" of Zumar and 11 surrounding villages, Major General Karim Atuti of the peshmerga security forces told Agence France-Presse.

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