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Saudi King Sacks Senior Aide for Photographer 'Slap'

Saudi Arabia's King Salman sacked a senior aide on Tuesday, shortly after a video posted online appeared to show the official slapping a photojournalist, state media said.   

Salman replaced the head of royal protocol Mohammed al-Tobayshi with Khalid al-Abbad, according to a decree published by the SPA official news agency.

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Senegal Pledges 2,100 Soldiers for Coalition against Yemen Rebels

Senegal on Monday said it would send 2,100 soldiers to Saudi Arabia to join Riyadh's military coalition battling rebels in Yemen, at the request of Saudi King Salman.

Foreign Minister Mankeur Ndiaye made the announcement in a speech to the National Assembly, according to a copy of the remarks obtained by AFP.

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Amnesty Slams 'Crimes against Humanity' in Syria's Aleppo

Syrian government forces are committing "crimes against humanity" by indiscriminately bombing Aleppo, Amnesty International said on Tuesday, as it also criticized rebels for abuses including "war crimes".

In a new report, the rights watchdog said "relentless" government aerial bombardment of Syria's former economic powerhouse had forced many residents to "eke out an existence underground".

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In Algiers, Raul Castro Hails Algeria's Foreign Policy

Cuban President Raul Castro on Monday praised Algeria's role in trying to resolve conflicts in neighboring Mali and Libya during a visit to the North African country.

Castro, who arrived Sunday in Algiers, told state television on the second day of a three-day visit that he held talks with President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on "regional" issues.

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Al-Nusra Claims Responsibility for Damascus Suicide Attack

Al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate al-Nusra Front claimed responsibility on Monday for a suicide attack hours earlier on a regime-controlled neighborhood in Damascus, the group said via Twitter.

A monitor said three regime forces were killed in the blast, along with three attackers, but a security official denied that any troops had died in the attack.

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Ads against Israeli Settlements Removed from Buses in Denmark

A Danish group on Monday vowed to expand an advertising campaign urging people to boycott products from Israeli settlements after the ads were dropped from Copenhagen buses.

"It's a clear attempt to deny us our freedom of speech," Fathi al-Abed, chairman of the Danish Palestinian Friendship Association, told AFP after bus operator Movia last week pulled the campaign.

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Up to 7,000 Migrants Held in Libya, Says Official

Thousands of illegal migrants who have tried to reach Europe from conflict-plagued Libya are being held in detention centers in the North African country, an official said on Monday.

Most are Africans intercepted off Libyan shores or inside the country as they prepared to board boats for Europe, Mohammed Abdelsalam al-Kuwiri said.

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Kerry 'Confident' Israel Will Probe Violence against Ethiopian Community

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday he was confident Israel would investigate violence against the Ethiopian Jewish community after a wave of angry protests in recent days.

"I'm confident that Israeli leadership will work this through in a way that honors the goals, and aspirations and traditions and values of the people of Israel," Kerry told reporters in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

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Israeli Veterans Group Slams Army Conduct in Gaza War

A group of veteran Israeli combatants on Monday slammed the army's conduct during the 2014 Gaza war, using soldiers' testimonies to expose a policy it said caused "unprecedented" civilian casualties.

The testimonies appeared in a 237-page report called "This is how we fought in Gaza" which was based on the anonymous accounts of 60 soldiers and officers involved in the 50-day war last summer.

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Analysts: Reality on Ground in Yemen Unchanged Weeks into Air War

Saudi-led air strikes against rebels in Yemen have destroyed much of their military capabilities, but almost six weeks into the campaign the situation on the ground remains unchanged, analysts said.

Last month, the kingdom declared the strikes against the Iran-backed rebels that began on March 26 a success and announced the end to daily air raids, saying operations had entered a second phase focused on political efforts, aid deliveries and "fighting terrorism."

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