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Head-On Bus Collision Kills 16 in Algeria

A head-on collision between two buses killed 16 people  Tuesday on a highway in north-central Algeria, authorities said.

Another 30 people were injured in the accident, which happened on the major highway linking the city of Laghouat to the town of Afflou, civil defense Colonel Farouk Achour told Agence France-Presse.

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Iran Rejects Netanyahu's Accusations on Nuclear Threat

Iran on Tuesday rejected as baseless accusations leveled by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that it poses a greater threat to the world than the Islamic State jihadist group.

Speaking on Monday at the U.N. General Assembly, Netanyahu said that "to defeat ISIS and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear state power is to win the battle and lose the war."

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Libya Militants Denounce U.N.-Brokered Talks

Militias that control Libya's two main cities denounced Tuesday hard-won talks brokered by the U.N. aimed at ending a split that has crippled the violence-plagued country.

Parliament, which was elected June 25 and is dominated by anti-Islamists, is recognized by the international community but contested by a coalition of militias that control Tripoli and by Islamists in the eastern city of Benghazi.

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Booby-Trapped Jihadist Flag Kills Three Iraqi Police

Three Iraqi policemen were killed Tuesday when one of them tried to remove a black flag that Islamic State jihadist fighters had booby-trapped south of Kirkuk, police said.

Kurdish peshmerga forces backed by local police units recaptured three villages near Daquq, around 180 kilometers (110 miles) north of Baghdad, that had been under IS control since June.

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Algeria Says Suspects Identified in Frenchman Beheading

Algerian investigators have identified some suspects in the kidnapping and beheading of French tourist Herve Gourdel, the justice minister said Tuesday.

"The preliminary investigation has identified certain members of the terrorist group that carried out this crime," Tayeb Louh said on state television.

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Britain Launches First Anti-IS Strikes in Iraq as U.S. Wages '20 Raids in 24 Hours'

British fighter jets on Tuesday bombed an artillery post and an armed truck used by the Islamic State group in Iraq in the Royal Air Force's first strikes in the U.S.-led air campaign.

The defense ministry said two Tornado jets hit the post with a Brimstone missile used against tanks and the vehicle with a 500-pound (230 kilogram) Paveway IV laser-guided bomb.

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IS Frees 70 Abducted Kurdish Children in Syria

The Islamic State jihadist group on Tuesday freed more than 70 Kurdish school children its fighters kidnapped in northern Syria in May, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Britain-based group said parents had reported the release of the children, who are believed to be aged between 13 and 15.

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U.N. Food Aid Running Out for Syria

Food aid to millions of Syrians will be cut within the next two months unless fresh funding is received for the humanitarian effort, the top U.N. aid official warned Tuesday.

Last month, the U.N. World Food Program provided food to 4.1 million Syrians but rations have been reduced to reach as many people as possible, U.N. humanitarian aid chef Valerie Amos told the U.N. Security Council.

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Assad Says 'Terror Backers' Can't Defeat Jihadists

Extremists cannot be defeated by countries that have "spread terrorism," Syria's President Bashar Assad said Tuesday in an apparent jab at members of the U.S.-led anti-jihadist coalition.

Speaking during a meeting with a senior Iranian official in Damascus, the Syrian leader took aim at countries he said backed "terrorists," a term his regime uses for all those seeking his ouster.

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Israeli Settlers Take over 25 Homes in E.Jerusalem

Israeli settlers forcefully took over 25 apartments in Arab east Jerusalem Tuesday, residents and Palestinian leaders said, with the new occupants claiming they had legitimately bought the properties.

The incident led to clashes between Arab residents and Jewish settlers in the Silwan neighborhood, which is right outside Jerusalem's Old City, near the flashpoint al-Aqsa mosque compound.

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