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U.S.-Backed Syria Forces Spokesman 'Held by Turkish Intelligence'

A spokesman for the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighting Islamic State extremists is "in the hands of" the Turkish intelligence after handing himself over to pro-Ankara forces, a Turkish daily reported Friday.

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Anti-Drug Operation Nets 4 Tons of Cocaine in Spain, Morocco

Spanish and Moroccan police have netted close to four tons of cocaine with a street value of over 100 million euros and arrested 40 people in a long-term anti-trafficking operation, Spain's interior ministry said Friday.

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Turkey Blames Gulen for 'Fabricated' Zarrab Case

Turkey's foreign minister blamed the alleged mastermind of the failed 2016 coup for a legal case in the United States against Turkish-Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab that has angered Ankara.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the group of the U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen -- who denies being behind the coup -- had succeeded in infiltrating the U.S. justice system.

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U.S. Civil Rights Leader Jesse Jackson Has Parkinson's Disease

American civil rights leader Jesse Jackson announced Friday that he has the degenerative neurological disease Parkinson's. 

The 76-year-old, who once worked with Martin Luther King Jr for the cause of equal rights for African Americans, and currently heads a Chicago non-profit organization, said it has become "increasingly difficult to perform routine tasks." 

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Four Killed in Britain Air Crash

Four people were killed Friday when an aircraft and a helicopter collided in Buckinghamshire, south England, local police said.

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Brigitte Bardot Says Trump 'Unfit' after Permitting Elephant Trophies

French screen legend and animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot on Friday slammed U.S. President Donald Trump as "unfit for office" after his administration's "shameful actions" in authorizing the import of Zimbabwean elephant hunting trophies.

The move Thursday reverses a prohibition imposed under former president Barack Obama, permitting the import of "sport-hunted trophies from elephants hunted in Zimbabwe" between January 21, 2016 and December 31, 2018. Zambia will also be covered under the revised rule.

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Qatar Compares Saudi Behavior in Lebanon to Gulf Crisis

Qatar's foreign minister on Friday compared Saudi Arabia's political maneuvers in Lebanon to its boycott of his country, and accused Riyadh of a dangerous escalation.

Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, in Washington to push the Gulf emirate's case in its diplomatic stand-off with the kingdom and its allies, said Saudi Arabia has triggered crises across the region.

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U.N. to Vote Friday on 30-Day Renewal of Syria Gas Attacks Probe

The U.N. Security Council will vote Friday on a last-ditch bid to salvage a U.N.-led investigation tasked with identifying those behind chemical weapons attacks in Syria, diplomats said.

The council will vote at 6:15 pm (2315 GMT) on a Japanese draft resolution that would extend the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) for 30 days, to allow time for negotiations on a compromise.

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Family of Assassinated Tunisian Hamas Member Demands 'Justice'

The family of a murdered Tunisian described by Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas as a long-time member called on the authorities Friday to release details of the investigation into his killing.

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Doctors at Vatican to Debate Ethics of Euthanasia

"We don't carry out euthanasia as often as it is asked for," says Dutch GP Carin Littooji, advocating for assisted dying on a bench usually reserved for bishops in the Vatican.

The World Medical Association (WMA)has gathered at the heart of the Catholic Church to debate its policy on end-of-life care.

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