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Woman Blows Herself Up in Tunis Injuring Nine

A woman suicide bomber blew herself up Monday near police vehicles in the center of the Tunisian capital, injuring at least nine people, the interior ministry said.

Ministry spokesman Sofiene Zaag told AFP that all but one of the casualties were police, after a strong explosion rocked the upmarket Avenue Habib Bourguiba in Tunis.

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'Walk to Heaven': Shiite Pilgrims Trek to Iraq's Karbala

Millions of Shiite Muslims from around the world are making their way this week to their sect's holy shrines in the Iraqi city of Karbala, a pilgrimage that is as much about community as it is about religion.

The shrines are of two revered Shiite imams: Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, and his half-brother Abbas. The annual commemoration, called Arbaeen, draws more pilgrims each year — according to Iraqi figures — than the hajj in Saudi Arabia, a pilgrimage required once in a lifetime of every Muslim who can afford it and is physically able to make it.

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All 189 on Board Crashed Indonesian Jet Feared Dead

All 189 passengers and crew aboard a crashed Indonesian Lion Air jet were "likely" killed in the accident, the search and rescue agency said Monday, as it announced it had found human remains.

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Leicester's Thai Boss Feared Dead after Helicopter Crash

Leicester City's charismatic Thai boss was feared dead Sunday after a helicopter belonging to the billionaire crashed and burst into flames in the football stadium car park moments after taking off from the club's pitch.

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Mattis: Khashoggi Murder 'Must Concern Us All'

Pentagon chief Jim Mattis warned a Middle East forum on Saturday that the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul "must concern us all greatly".

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Israel Accuses Syria, Iran of Ordering Gaza Rocket Fire

The Israeli army accused the Syrian government and Iran on Saturday of ordering Palestinian militants in Gaza to fire dozens of rockets into southern Israel, and threatened to retaliate wherever it chose.

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U.S. Sanctions on Iran Put Financial Pressure on Hizbullah

Giant posters on the streets of Beirut's southern suburbs display an armed Hizbullah fighter in uniform, holding the group's yellow banner and Lebanon's national flag, along with phone numbers where supporters can make donations to the Iran-backed guerrilla force.

"He who equips a warrior is part of the battle," the posters declare, quoting a saying from Islam's Prophet Mohammed.

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Khashoggi's Son Leaves Saudi Arabia, US Praises Decision

The son of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi has left Saudi Arabia after the kingdom revoked a travel ban and allowed him to come to the United States.

State Department spokesman Robert Palladino says Washington welcomes the decision.

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Trump Signs New Hizbullah Sanctions Bill in Anti-Iran Push

President Donald Trump has signed legislation imposing new sanctions against Hizbullah, the Iran-backed terrorist group behind the 1983 Beirut barracks bombings.

Speaking Thursday at a White House event marking the 35th anniversary of the attack that killed 241 Marines, Trump said, "No terrorist group other than al-Qaida has more American blood on its hands."

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Saudi Prince Attends Intelligence Meeting

Saudi Arabia says the country's powerful crown prince has attended the first meeting of a committee aiming to restructure the kingdom's intelligence services after the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi.

The state-run Saudi Press Agency made the announcement on Thursday.

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