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Coalition Hits Boats Carrying Arms to Yemen Rebels

Warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition hit Saturday two small boats allegedly carrying weapons to Iran-backed Huthi rebels on the southern coast of Yemen, a military official said.

Weapons were being unloaded from the two fishing boats near Belhaf, in Shabwa province, when the pre-dawn raid struck killing three smugglers, the military official said requesting anonymity.

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Tunisia Names Three Suspects Wanted over Bus Bombing

Tunisia has identified three suspects wanted over Tuesday's suicide bombing that killed 12 presidential guards and is offering a financial reward for information leading to their arrest.

The interior ministry issued a statement on Friday evening identifying the wanted men as Hassan Ben Khalifa Bouchiba, Houcine Ben Khalifa Bouchiba and Walid Ben Mohamed Ali Yousfi.

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Protest Planned in London as Syria Air Strikes Vote Looms

Thousands of people were expected to protest in London Saturday against Britain potentially joining air strikes against the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria.

Parliament is expected to vote on the issue next week after Prime Minister David Cameron pushed MPs to back the move in the wake of this month's Paris attacks.

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Life Returns to Syrian Town after IS Ousted

Outside her home in a town of northeast Syria, four-year-old Baydaa scribbles on a leaflet of religious rules left behind by the Islamic State group as they fled earlier this month.

Her face is adorned with make-up of the sort banned by the jihadist group, which was expelled from Al-Hol by a new U.S.-backed coalition of Kurdish and Arab forces that overran the area on November 12.

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French PM Valls Calls on Gulf to Accept More Refugees

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has called on the Gulf states to accept more refugees fleeing Syria, saying that a "humanitarian disaster" could erupt in the Balkans if Europe does not control its borders.

"I'll say it again, Europe cannot accept all the refugees coming from Syria. That's why we need a diplomatic, military and political solution in Syria," Valls said Friday evening.

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Tunisia Says Series of IS Attacks were Planned in Libya

A series of attacks in Tunisia claimed by the Islamic State group that killed dozens of people including foreign tourists was planned in neighboring Libya, a top official said Friday.

The jihadist group has said it was behind a suicide bombing in the center of Tunis on Tuesday in which 12 presidential guards died.

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White House Hopeful Carson in Jordan on 'Fact-Finding'

Ben Carson, the Republican hopeful for the White House, is in Jordan in a bid to understand the Syrian refugee crisis just days after comparing migrants to rabid dogs, his team said Friday.

The retired neurosurgeon, who grew up in a poor family before winning a scholarship to Yale University, has fanned controversy in the United States for anti-Muslim and anti-refugee remarks.

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French President Urges British MPs to Back Syria Air Strikes

Francois Hollande on Friday urged British MPs to back air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria "in solidarity with France," in a tight vote expected early next week.

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday argued his case to members of parliament for Britain to join air strikes on the jihadist group in Syria, amid signs that opposition was weakening after the Paris attacks two weeks ago.

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Watchdog: Saudi-led Yemen Strikes Illegally Kill Civilians

At least ten air strikes carried out by a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen broke the laws of war and killed civilians, Human Rights Watch alleged Friday.

The strikes are listed in a major new report by the watchdog, which estimates that 2,500 Yemeni civilians have died in coalition strikes since March.

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Turkey Denies Suspending Syria Air Strikes after Russia Crisis

Turkey denied Friday it had suspended air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria after the downing of a Russian warplane on the Syrian border.

Turkish F-16 jets on Tuesday shot down a Russian warplane which Ankara said had breached its air space.

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