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IS Razes Notorious Syria Regime Jail in Palmyra

The Islamic State jihadist group Saturday demolished a prison in the Syrian city of Palmyra, a monitor said, eliminating what was for decades one of the country's most feared detention centers.

The jail was "largely destroyed after IS planted explosives inside and around it", 10 days after the jihadists seized Palmyra from regime forces, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.  

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Ministry: Libya Militia Frees All Detained Tunisians

Dozens of Tunisians held in Libya by a militia forming part of an alliance ruling Tripoli have been freed, Tunisia's foreign ministry announced Saturday.

"All the Tunisians being held in Libya have been freed. The final group was released today," the ministry said in a statement, without giving numbers.

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Car Bomb Kills 12 Rebels in South Yemen

A bomb-laden vehicle parked near an arms depot exploded killing 12 Iran-backed rebels and wounding eight others in southern Yemen's Abyan province on Saturday, a local official told AFP.

The official said the attack in the coastal city of Shoqra was carried out by local anti-rebel fighters, who are backed by a Saudi-led coalition pounding Shiite Huthi militia and their allies since March 26.

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Iraq Forces Edge Towards Ramadi

Iraqi forces retook an area west of Ramadi on Saturday as they pressed their operation aimed at sealing off the jihadists who captured the city two weeks ago, commanders said.

"The Iraqi army and the Hashed al-Shaabi liberated the Anbar traffic police building in the 5K area west of Ramadi after a fierce fight," an army officer said.

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IS Launches Assault on Key Northeast Syria City

The Islamic State jihadist group launched an assault on the largely Kurdish city of Hasakeh in northeast Syria on Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. 

The attack came a day after Kurdish militia executed 20 civilians accused of supporting the extremists, the monitoring group said.

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Egypt Deports U.S. Citizen and Son of Islamist Figure

Egypt on Saturday deported a U.S.-Egyptian citizen sentenced to life in jail on charges of destabilizing the country as part of a crackdown on the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, officials said.

Mohamed Soltan, 27, whose father is a leading Brotherhood official, was arrested in August 2013 and sentenced to life in April.

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IS Group in Saudi Urges more Attacks against Shiites

An Islamic State-affiliated group in Saudi Arabia has urged more attacks against Shiites, after IS claimed two bomb attacks on mosques in the kingdom.

An IS suicide bomber on Friday blew himself up at the entrance of a mosque in Eastern Province, killing three people, exactly seven days after the jihadist group attacked another mosque in the oil-rich region.

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Rouhani Calls for 'Free' Legislative Vote in Iran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that the government aims to hold "free" parliamentary elections next year, the official IRNA news agency reported.

"The success of the government to is to hold free, healthy and competitive elections," Rouhani said in a speech to governors and provincial governors.

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Coalition Pounds Yemen Capital as U.N. Envoy Arrives for Talks

Saudi-led coalition warplanes pounded rebel positions across Sanaa overnight, only hours after the UN envoy to Yemen arrived in the capital to discuss stalled Geneva peace talks, residents said Saturday.

The escalation came as neighboring Oman, which enjoys good relations with Tehran and is a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) alongside Saudi Arabia, hosted representatives of the Shiite Huthi rebels and delegates from Iran.

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Egypt Road Crash Kills 13 Policemen, 3 Others

Sixteen people were killed, all but three of them Egyptian policemen, in a collision between a police vehicle and a truck south of Cairo, authorities said on Saturday.

The accident happened on Friday night along a stretch of road in Beni Suef province about 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the Egyptian capital.

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