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Syria Refugees Top 3 Million, U.S. Has No Strategy 'yet'

The number of refugees from the Syria conflict now tops three million, the U.N. said Friday, as U.S. President Barack Obama admitted he has no strategy to tackle advancing jihadists.

In Geneva, U.N. refugee agency chief Antonio Guterres said Syria had become the "biggest humanitarian emergency of our era" after a million people joined the exodus in the past year alone.

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Jordan Charges 8 with Recruiting Hizbullah Fighters, Planning anti-U.S. and Israel 'Terror Plots'

Jordanian military prosecutors on Monday charged eight suspects, including a Syrian fugitive, with plotting to attack U.S. soldiers and Israel's embassy in the kingdom and recruiting people to join Hizbullah.

"State security court prosecutors accused the eight men with plotting to carry out terrorist acts, including attacks against U.S. soldiers in 2006 and the Israeli embassy in Amman," a court official told Agence France Presse.

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European Push for New U.N. Resolution on Gaza

Britain, France and Germany have launched a fresh bid at the U.N. to end six weeks of violence in Gaza, after Israeli warplanes killed three top Hamas commanders, inflicting a heavy blow on the movement's armed wing.

The European initiative on Thursday came as fighting flared on the ground and an Egyptian-led effort to broker peace talks teetered on the verge of collapse.

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Egypt Sentences Jordanian, Israeli for Spying

A Cairo court on Wednesday sentenced an Israeli tried in absentia to life imprisonment and a Jordanian telecoms engineer to 10 years in jail for espionage on behalf of Israel.

Bashar Ibrahim Abu Zeid from Jordan was arrested in April 2011 and accused of trying to recruit Egyptian engineers to help Israel intercept telephone calls in Egypt.

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Jordan Air Force Captain Turned Jihadist Killed in Syria

A Jordanian air force captain who joined jihadists in Syria to fight against President Bashar Assad's forces was killed in battle on Tuesday, a Salafist source said.

Ahmad Atallah Shbeib al-Majali reportedly deserted to fight alongside Al-Nusra Front, the Syrian franchise of Al-Qaeda, before joining the extremist Islamic State group.

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U.N. Announces Emergency Aid for 500,000 in Northern Iraq

The U.N. refugee agency said Tuesday it was poised to mount a massive aid operation for 500,000 Iraqis driven from their homes by jihadist rebels.

"In response to the deteriorating situation in northern Iraq, UNHCR is this week launching one of its largest aid pushes aimed at helping close to half a million people who have been forced to leave their homes," spokesman Adrian Edwards told reporters.

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Journalist Diab's Murder Motivated by 'Personal Disputes,' Four Arrested

Four people were arrested over the killing of Lebanese journalist Mazen Diab in Jordan, the neighbouring country's Public Security announced on Saturday, noting that the murder was motivated by a personal dispute between the victim and one of the assailants.

Jordan's Public Security Directorate Media Center stated on Saturday that “the ambiguity surrounding the discovery of Diab's body has been unveiled, and four people were arrested for their involvement in committing the crime.”

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Lebanese Journalist Mazen Diab Found Dead in Jordan

Jordanian police on Friday announced that it has discovered the body of Lebanese journalist Mazen Diab at his house in the capital Amman.

"Security forces found the body of Diab tied with ropes inside his apartment,” Jordanian news agency ZAD said, noting that his house is located on Mecca Street in Amman.

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Islamic States Back Iraq PM Designate Abadi

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Wednesday welcomed the nomination of Haidar al-Abadi as new prime minister of Iraq, though incumbent Nuri al-Maliki is clinging on to power.

Abadi has won broad international backing, from the United States, Saudi Arabia and Iran amongst other countries.

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Jordan: Israel Security Hinges on Peace with Palestinians

Jordan's King Abdullah II warned Sunday that Israel will only achieve security for its people through a peace settlement with the Palestinians leading to the establishment of their own state.

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