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Syrian Rebels Attack Main Jordan Crossing

Syrian rebels fought fierce clashes with regime forces Wednesday over the last border crossing with Jordan still in government hands, a monitor said.

A coalition of Syrian rebels including Islamists launched an attack on the southern border crossing of Nasib in Daraa province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.

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Iraq Forces Hunt Diehard Jihadists after Tikrit Victory Claim

Iraqi forces on Wednesday picked through the rubble-strewn streets of Tikrit after storming to the city center, searching for diehard jihadist fighters and avoiding the booby traps they left behind.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi claimed the city was liberated but the U.S.-led coalition that has been helping Baghdad from the air said there was "still work to be done".

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Libya Rival Government Chief Rejects Sacking

The head of Libya's rival government has rejected his sacking by the Tripoli-based parliament, suggesting he retains the support of powerful militia allies.

Libya has had two governments and parliaments since Tripoli was seized in August by the Islamist-backed Fajr Libya militia coalition and the internationally recognized government fled to the country's far east.

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Gazans Hope ICC Will Make 'Israel Pay'

Holding Israel accountable. This is what Yasser al-Qassas and thousands of Gazans hope to see with the Palestinian accession to the International Criminal Court on Wednesday.

Palestinians joined the ICC with the goal of trying Israeli leaders for alleged war crimes in the fighting in and around the Gaza Strip in summer 2014, and alleged crimes relating to the occupation of the West Bank and east Jerusalem.

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Saudi-Led Coalition Pounds Rebels in Yemen's Aden

A Saudi-led coalition bombarded rebel positions early Wednesday in Yemen's main southern city Aden in a seventh night of raids that also targeted the capital and other areas.

In Aden, the strikes were focused on the rebel-held provincial administration complex in Dar Saad in the north of the city, according to a military official.

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Egypt President Urges Yemen Rebels to 'Back Off'

Egypt's president on Tuesday urged Shiite rebels in Yemen to "back off" for the sake of their country, saying Cairo is participating in a military campaign there for Gulf Arab security.

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's remarks come two days after an Arab summit in Egypt that decided the Saudi-led air strikes against the Huthi rebels should continue until they surrender.

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UNICEF: At Least 62 Children Killed in Yemen in Past Week

At least 62 children have been killed and 30 injured in Yemen during fighting over the past week, the U.N. children's agency UNICEF said Tuesday.

"Children are in desperate need of protection, and all parties to the conflict should do all in their power to keep children safe," said UNICEF's representative for Yemen, Julien Harneis.

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Obama Unblocks Delivery of F-16s to Egypt

U.S. President Barack Obama has approved the delivery of a dozen F-16 aircraft to Egypt that had been frozen after a military-led takeover.

The White House said Obama told Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi by phone on Tuesday that a 2013 freeze would be lifted.

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U.N. Envoy for Yemen Moves to Jordan

The United Nations has relocated its peace envoy for Yemen to Jordan and pulled its last 13 foreign employees from the conflict-torn country, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Envoy Jamal Benomar left Yemen at the weekend along with some 200 U.N. staff as a Saudi-led coalition launched air strikes to block an advance against Shiite rebels known as the Huthis.

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U.N. Rights Chief Warns Yemen on Verge of 'Total Collapse'

The U.N. rights chief expressed alarm Tuesday at the situation in Yemen as Arab warplanes pounded the country for a sixth day, warning it appeared about to collapse.

"The situation in Yemen is extremely alarming, with dozens of civilians killed over the past four days," U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said in a statement.

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