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Egypt Jails Policeman for Sexual Assault on Mentally Ill Girl

An Egyptian court on Sunday sentenced to life in jail a policeman for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old mentally handicapped girl at a Cairo police station, a judicial official said.

The incident occurred in August 2014 at the capital's Imbaba police station where the girl had been detained for reasons that have not been made clear.

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IS Executes 16 Traders on Iraqi Road

The Islamic State group has executed 16 Iraqi traders taking food from the city of Baiji to the government-controlled western city of Haditha, officials said Sunday.

"Daesh executed 16 Haditha traders last night," the mayor of the city, Abdelhakim al-Jughaifi, told AFP by phone.

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Blast in Downtown Damascus Kills Army General

A Syrian brigadier-general was killed in a blast that targeted his car in downtown Damascus on Sunday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.

The Britain-based group said "a brigadier general and approximately six people with him were killed in an explosion in the Adawi neighborhood in the center of the capital."

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Report: Libya Pro-Government Air Raid Hits Oil Tanker

Forces loyal to Libya's internationally recognized government carried out an air strike Sunday on an oil tanker delivering its cargo to a power plant run by the rival administration, a report said.

The General Electricity Company denounced as "sabotage" the attack at the plant near Sirte, in central Libya, saying it was likely to cause disruptions to power supplies across the country due to a lack of fuel.

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GCC Denies Air Campaign against IS Has Failed

The Gulf Cooperation Council on Sunday rejected claims a U.S.-led coalition air campaign against the Islamic State group has failed following advances by jihadists in Syria and Iraq.

Speaking in Doha, after a meeting between foreign ministers of the GCC and European Union, Khalid al-Attiyah, Qatar's foreign minister, conceded that military action alone was not enough.

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Pentagon Chief Says Iraqi Army 'Showed No Will to Fight' in Ramadi

Pentagon chief Ashton Carter said Sunday that Iraqi forces "failed to fight" in Ramadi, which has fallen to Islamic State militants, adding the troops lacked the will to defend themselves.

IS jihadists took control of the strategic city, the capital of Anbar province, a week ago, in Baghdad's worst defeat in almost a year. 

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Emirati Aid Shipment Arrives in Yemen's Aden

A boat carrying 460 tons of Emirati relief aid docked Sunday in Yemen's restive port city of Aden, as Saudi-led air raids against Shiite rebels continued across the country.

The shipment, including medical and food supplies, is the second from the United Arab Emirates, which delivered last week 1,200 tons of relief aid, said local aid coordinator Ali al-Bikri.

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Iran General Says Army Needs More Funds to Counter IS

A senior Iranian military official told parliament on Sunday the armed forces need a bigger budget to confront the Islamic State group whose influence is growing in neighboring countries.

"We have to face a new threat in the region. Terrorist groups are close to our borders," General Ahmad-Reza Pourdastan who commands Iran's ground forces told parliament, media reported.

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Eight Bomb Blasts Rock Iraq's Diyala Province

Eight explosions, mostly targeting the security forces, rocked the Iraqi towns of Baquba and Baladruz on Sunday, security officials said, forcing the authorities to seal off the area.

According to army and police sources, 14 people were wounded in the blasts, one of which was caused by a suicide car bomb in the center of Baquba, capital of Diyala province, north of Baghdad.

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Saudi Shiites Refuse to Be Provoked by Suicide Bombing

They are angry and grief-stricken, but Saudi Arabia's minority Shiites refused on Sunday to be provoked by a deadly mosque bombing that authorities called an attempt to promote sectarian strife.

The interior ministry confirmed the identity of the suicide bomber who blew himself up inside a Shiite mosque in Eastern Province on Friday, killing 21, and said he had links with the Islamic State jihadist group.

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