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Slow Justice for Tunisia Torture Victims

Within hours of his arrest by police, Walid Denguir was dead -- just one of many alleged torture victims at the centre of a fight for justice in post-revolution Tunisia.

More than three years since a pro-democracy uprising toppled long-time strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, rights groups say change has been slow to reach the country's justice system.

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Blackwater Guards Found Guilty in Iraq Shootings

Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incident that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe and was denounced by critics as an illustration of a war gone horribly wrong.

The men claimed self-defense, but U.S. prosecutors argued that they had shown "a grave indifference" to the carnage their actions would cause. All four were ordered immediately to jail.

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U.S. Condemns 'Terrorist' Car Attack in Jerusalem

The United States on Wednesday condemned what it called a "terrorist" attack by a Palestinian who rammed his car into pedestrians in Jerusalem, killing a baby.

"We express our deepest condolences to the family of the baby, reportedly an American citizen, who was killed in this despicable attack," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement. 

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Saudi Jails 14 for Plans to Attack U.S. Forces in Qatar

A Saudi court Wednesday condemned 14 people to jail terms of between six months and 23 years, in a second batch of sentences over a plot to attack U.S. forces in neighboring Qatar.

The defendants were convicted of "joining a terrorist cell that aimed to launch a terrorist attack against U.S. forces in Qatar," state news agency SPA said in a statement.

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Two Baghdad Car Bombs Kill 28

Car bombs near a maternity hospital and a service station in Baghdad killed at least 28 people Wednesday, the latest in a spate of blasts to hit the city, police and medics said.

One blast struck across the street from the hospital in the frequently targeted Shiite neighborhood of Sadr City, killing at least 10, a police colonel said. Another 29 were wounded.

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Turkey Arrests Woman for 'Red Stilettos Koran' Tweet

A Turkish woman was arrested on suspicion of blasphemy and inciting religious hatred after allegedly stepping on the Koran and then posting the picture on Twitter, media reported on Wednesday.

The arrest came after Melih Gokcek, Ankara's controversial mayor from the ruling Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP), launched a criminal complaint against the 38-year-old-woman, who uses the Twitter handle @kedibiti (cat lice).

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IS Jihadists Again Besiege Iraq's Mount Sinjar

The Islamic State jihadist group has again surrounded Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, where it trapped thousands of civilians this summer, commanders in the area said Wednesday.

The civilians, mostly members of the Yazidi religious minority, eventually escaped via Syria with the help of Kurdish fighters from Iraq's neighbor to the west, but that route has now been cut.

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Hundreds Protest Against Iran Acid Attacks

Around 1,000 people took to the streets in Iran on Wednesday to demand action after four women were maimed in acid attacks reportedly linked to them not wearing the veil.

The demonstration took place in Isfahan -- 450 kilometers (280 miles) south of Tehran -- where the victims were injured in the past week by assailants on motorcycles.

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U.S. Says Air Strikes Repel IS Assault on Iraq Dam

A dozen U.S.-led air strikes have helped fend off an assault by Islamic State jihadists on the strategic Mosul dam in Iraq, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

"There was an offensive action by the enemy in the vicinity of Mosul dam, a combination of U.S. air strikes and Iraqi forces were able to repel that," spokesman Colonel Steven Warren told reporters.

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Palestinian Rams Car into Jerusalem Crowd, Killing Baby

A Palestinian rammed a car into pedestrians in Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing a baby and injuring six other people in what Israeli police said was a "hit-and-run terror attack".

It was the second such deadly incident in three months, prompting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to immediately order an increase in police presence across the city.

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