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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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U.S. Intercepts Suspect Packages Sent to Clinton, Obama, CNN

Suspicious packages, identified as potential explosives, addressed to former president Barack Obama and defeated presidential nominee Hillary Clinton have been intercepted by the Secret Service, officials said Wednesday.

The Secret Service said it recovered a single package addressed to Clinton in Westchester, a suburb north of Manhattan on Tuesday, and a second package addressed to the Obama residence in Washington on Wednesday.

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Canada Hosts Like-Minded Nations to Talk WTO Reforms

Canada will host trade officials from the European Union, Japan and others for two-day talks starting Wednesday aimed at shaping long-delayed reforms to the global trading system that have sparked tensions among major economies.

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Erdogan Wants Istanbul Trial over 'Planned' Khashoggi Murder

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said that the "savage murder" of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul was meticulously planned, demanding that all those linked to the killing face punishment.

Erdogan had promised that his speech in Ankara would give the "naked truth" about the killing and he gave a host of new details while still saying Turkey wanted answers to key questions, including who gave the orders.

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Israel Says Hizbullah Set Up S. Lebanon Post under NGO Guise

The Israeli army on Monday accused Hizbullah of setting up a new observation point in south Lebanon near the border under the guise of an environmental NGO.

A senior military officer charged that the position, near the border village of Adaysseh and the Israeli settlement of Misgav Am, was a violation of U.N. Resolution 1701 prohibiting Hizbullah military activity in the area.

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Saudi King, Crown Prince Call Slain Writer Khashoggi's Son

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman called the son of Jamal Khashoggi, the kingdom announced early Monday, to express condolences for the death of the journalist killed at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul by officials that allegedly included a member of the royal's entourage.

King Salman similarly made a condolence call as international pressure on the kingdom continues to rise, even after it acknowledged on Saturday that the Washington Post journalist was killed Oct. 2 at the consulate under still-disputed circumstances.

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