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Saudi Beheads Murderer in 110th Execution since January

Saudi Arabia on Monday beheaded one of its citizens convicted of murder, adding to a sharp increase in executions this year.

Mugrib al-Thanyan was executed in Eastern Province after being found guilty of shooting dead another Saudi after a dispute, the ministry of interior said in a statement.

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Israel President Threatened over 'Jewish Terrorism' Comment

Israeli police have opened an investigation into threats on social media against President Reuven Rivlin following his condemnation of "Jewish terrorism" after a firebombing killed a Palestinian child, a presidential spokesman said Monday.

Rivlin had written a Facebook post following Friday's arson attack on a Palestinian family's home in the West Bank village of Duma by suspected Jewish extremists.

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Yemeni Refugees Flee to Djibouti

Djibouti appealed Monday for aid after ​​hundreds of Yemeni refugees fleeing civil war arrived in the Horn of African nation, adding to thousands already being supported.

"The refugees arriving have lost everything," said presidential spokesman Naguib Ali Taher, adding they needed shelter as well as medical care, including psychological support.

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Iraqi Kurdish Leader Vows to Avenge Yazidis

The president of Iraq's autonomous region of Kurdistan, Massud Barzani, promised Monday to avenge the Yazidi minority brutally attacked by the Islamic State group a year ago.

"We will hunt down those who committed this crime until the last one," Barzani said in Dohuk at a ceremony commemorating the beginning of the jihadist onslaught against the Yazidis.

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Rebel-Held Yemen Base Targeted, Coalition Forces Enter Aden

Loyalist forces began a major offensive Monday aimed at retaking Yemen's largest airbase which is held by rebels, as troops from the Saudi-led coalition entered recaptured second city Aden.

The pro-government troops deployed heavy armor supplied by their backers in the assault on Al-Anad base, some 60 kilometers (35 miles) north of Aden, military sources said.

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Police: Moroccan Suffocates Trying to Enter Spain in Suitcase

A 27-year-old Moroccan man suffocated to death while trying to illegally enter Spain hidden inside a suitcase in the trunk of a car, police said Monday.

The man's older brother appears to have tried to smuggle him into Spain by ferry.

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Syria Army Plane Crashes in Rebel-Held Town, 31 Dead

A Syrian army aircraft crashed during a bombing run over rebel-held Ariha on Monday, killing at least 31 people and destroying a vegetable market, a monitoring group and residents said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was not immediately clear how many of the deaths in the northwestern town had resulted from the crash and how many were killed in the bombing run.

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Erdogan Says Putin May 'Give Up' on Assad

Russian President Vladimir Putin is having a change of heart on the Kremlin's wholehearted support for Syrian leader Bashar Assad and may "give up on him" in the future, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying Monday.

When asked if Putin could be persuaded not to support Assad, Erdogan said he saw his counterpart as "more positive" during a face-to-face meeting in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku in June and in subsequent telephone talks. 

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Yemen Rebel Chief Says Ready for Political Settlement

The leader of Yemen's Iran-backed rebels said a political settlement with the exiled government was still possible after what he called the "short-term" setback of their ouster from second city Aden.

Abdulmalik al-Huthi said the rebels would welcome a new attempt by a third party to broker a deal after the failure of U.N.-brokered peace talks in Geneva in June. 

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Saudi King Leaves France, Riviera Beach to Reopen

King Salman of Saudi Arabia unexpectedly left the French Riviera on Sunday, local officials said, adding that a beach that had been controversially closed for the royal's holiday would now reopen to the public.

Eight days after arriving in southern France for what was billed as a three-week luxury vacation, the monarch boarded a flight from Nice airport to the Moroccan city of Tangiers, Alpes-Maritimes region official Philippe Castanet told Agence France Presse.

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