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Israeli Troops Kill Palestinian Teen in West Bank Clash

Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian teenager Friday in a clash with stone-throwing protesters near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Palestinian medical officials and security sources told AFP.

They named the dead youth as Orwa Hammad, 17, and said he was shot in the village of Silwad.

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Syria Air Strikes Kill 10 Children, 5 Women in Aleppo

Ten children and five women have been killed in Syrian government air strikes in the northern province of Aleppo, a monitoring group said Friday.

The children, aged from four to 10, and women were killed Thursday "in barrel bomb strikes by regime helicopters on a home and public hall in the village of Tal Qarrah in the north of Aleppo," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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Pakistani Beheaded in Saudi for Smuggling Heroin

Saudi Arabia on Friday beheaded a Pakistani man convicted of smuggling heroin into the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom, the interior ministry said.

Butha Mushtaq was the third Pakistan executed on drug charges in Saudi Arabia since October 15.

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France's Hollande Says Anti-IS Campaign Will Be Stepped Up

French President Francois Hollande said on Friday that operations will be stepped up against the Islamic State movement in Iraq, which must be "struck hard".

"The pace of our actions is going to speed up. We have collected all the information necessary," Hollande said, when asked about recent French operations in Iraq as part of a US-led coalition air campaign against IS fighters.

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U.S. Seeking to Confirm if IS Militants Used Chlorine Gas in Iraq

Washington is seeking more information on reports that Islamic State militants used chlorine gas against Iraqi police officers last month, U.S .Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday.

The top U.S. diplomat told reporters he could not confirm the reports, but said the United States took all such "allegations very seriously."

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South Yemen Separatists Turn Out to Demand Independence

Thousands of southern Yemenis turned out in Aden Friday to demand independence for their once sovereign region, as rebels from the north press to expand their control over more of the impoverished country.

Yemen continues to reel under the impact of the expansion by Shiite rebels, after they overran the capital last month and seized a major port unopposed, before clashing with Sunni tribes and Al-Qaida south of Sanaa.

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Bomb in Egypt's Sinai Kills 26 Soldiers

A car bomb in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula killed at least 26 soldiers Friday, in one of the deadliest attacks on security forces since the army deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last year.

Security officials said 28 other soldiers were wounded in the attack in an agricultural region near El-Arish, the main town in north Sinai.

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Iraq Kurds to Send up to 200 Fighters to Syria Next Week

Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region will next week send up to 200 fighters to aid the defenders of the embattled Syrian border town of Kobane, an official announced Friday, drawing objections from some lawmakers.

The town on the Turkish border has become a crucial battleground in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group, which overran large parts of Iraq in June and also holds significant territory in Syria.

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France Announces Big Coalition Air Raid against IS in Iraq

The international coalition currently battling the Islamic State group in Iraq dropped around 70 bombs on an arsenal and jihadist training center in a large-scale overnight raid, the French military said Friday.

"I think it's safe to say we hurt them last night. The operation is a success," France's Chief of the Defence Staff Pierre de Villiers told Europe 1 radio, adding the raid took place in the Kirkuk region of northern Iraq.

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Iraq MPs Divided over Kurdish Deployment to Syria

The Iraqi parliament is divided over the planned deployment of Kurdish forces to aid the embattled Syrian town of Kobane, with some parliamentarians saying Friday the move violates the constitution.

Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region aims to send peshmerga fighters to help defend Kobane from the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, which is besieging the town and also holds major territory in Iraq.

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