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Ghosts of Conflicts Past Hang over UK Labor's Syria Split

A row in Britain's main opposition Labor party over whether to back air strikes in Syria has deepened splits over Jeremy Corbyn's leadership, while reviving uncomfortable memories of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to call a vote in parliament this week on joining the international coalition targeting Islamic State jihadists, but needs support from some Labor MPs to secure a majority.

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Frustration after Tunisia Border Shut over Deadly Blast

Petrol prices spiked, shops closed and trucks that plied the desert to Libya have vanished since Tunisia shut the border following a deadly bus bombing in the capital.

In the town of Ben Guerdane, and across southeastern Tunisia, the mood is morose with residents concerned for their future since authorities imposed the 15-day border closure last week.

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Israeli Police Kill Palestinian in Jerusalem

Israeli border police killed a Palestinian on Sunday during clashes in occupied east Jerusalem, an official at the Palestinian health ministry told AFP, identifying him as Ayman Samih Abassi, 17.

An Israeli police statement said that officers fired at a Palestinian holding a petrol bomb in the Ras al-Amud neighborhood after they came under attack from a volley of the missiles, but they could not confirm hitting him.

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Algerian Troops Kill Two Islamists

Algerian soldiers killed two Islamists during an army sweep on Sunday in Tizi Ouzou province, east of the capital, the defense ministry said.

The troops had so far seized two Kalashnikov assault rifles, ammunition and eight mobile phones during the operation near Aghrib, north of the town of Azzazga.

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Two U.S. Senators Urge 100,000 Foreign Troops to Fight IS in Syria

U.S. senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham called Sunday for 100,000 foreign soldiers, most from Sunni regional states but also including Americans, to fight the Islamic State group in Syria.

Both McCain, the chair of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, and Graham, one of its members, sharply criticised current U.S. strategy as insufficient and unsuccessful in defeating the jihadists.

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Assad Says His Enemies Boosting Support for 'Terrorists'

Syrian President Bashar Assad said Sunday that his enemies abroad had increased support for the regime's armed opponents since the start of a major offensive to win back lost territory.

Meeting with a senior Iranian official in Damascus, Assad highlighted "important gains by the Syrian army in the fight against terrorism, with the support of its friends led by Iran and Russia," state news agency SANA reported.

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Israel Suspends EU Peace Role over Settlement Goods

Israel said Sunday it is suspending discussion of its conflict with the Palestinians with EU officials, in response to the bloc's decision to label goods imported from Jewish settlements.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, "ordered suspension of diplomatic contacts with the institutions of the European Union and its representatives on this issue," the foreign ministry said in a Hebrew-language statement.

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2 Activists Barred as Saudi Women Launch First Vote Bid

Hundreds of Saudi women began campaigning for public office Sunday, in a first for women in the conservative Muslim kingdom's slow reform process even as two activists were disqualified.

More than 900 women are standing alongside thousands of men in the December 12 municipal ballot, which will also mark the first time women are allowed to vote.

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IS Executes 3,500 in Syria since Declaring 'Caliphate'

The Islamic State group has executed more than 3,500 people in Syria, including nearly 2,000 civilians, since declaring its "caliphate" in June last year, a monitor said Sunday. 

In the last month alone IS executed 53 people -- including 35 civilians -- in areas it controls in Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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16 Dead in Fighting for South Yemen Province

Yemeni loyalists supported by a Saudi-led coalition battled Sunday to oust Iran-backed rebels from a southern province where they have made gains in recent weeks, with at least 16 reported dead.

Ground fighting and air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition killed 12 rebels in Daleh province, military sources said. Four loyalists were also killed.

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