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U.N. Will Take Time to Decide on Palestinian Resolution

Negotiations on a draft U.N. resolution that sets terms for a final Israeli-Palestinian peace deal will take time, Jordan said Thursday, indicating that a Security Council vote was not imminent.

Jordan presented the measure on Wednesday to the U.N. Security Council on behalf of the Palestinians, who said they were open to negotiations on the text.

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Iraq Jihadists Behead Man on Sorcery Charges

The Islamic State group on Thursday beheaded a man publicly on charges that he was a "sorcerer", north of their bastion of Tikrit, the jihadist organization and residents said.

The group released pictures of the execution on a square in Nahyat al-Alam, a town a few kilometers north of Tikrit.

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Warning on Funds, U.N. Doubles Estimate of Destroyed Gaza Homes

The U.N. warned Thursday it was running out of funds to house families in Gaza, as it doubled its estimate of the number of homes damaged or destroyed in this summer's war with Israel.

"Unless the situation changes urgently, we will run out of funds in January, meaning we will not be able to provide rental subsidies to many affected families nor provide the support required to carry out repairs," said Robert Turner, the operations director for the UNRWA Palestinian refugee agency.

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U.N. Seeks $8.4 Billion to Help Victims of Syria War

The U.N. appealed Thursday for $8.4 billion to provide emergency aid and longer-term help to nearly 18 million people in Syria and across the region hit by the drawn-out conflict.

For the first time, the United Nations' appeal includes funding for life-saving food, shelter and other humanitarian aid as well as development support, as the bloody war in Syria heads towards a fifth year.

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Trial Opens of Muslim Brotherhood Deputy in Jordan

The deputy leader of Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood went on trial Thursday after he criticized the United Arab Emirates for placing his group on a list of "terrorist organizations".

Zaki Bani Rsheid, who appeared in a blue prison jumpsuit at Amman's state security court, denounced his arrest and trial in a military tribunal as unconstitutional.

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Dead, Wounded in Car Bomb Attacks on Yemen Shiite Militia

Twin car bomb attacks in Yemen's western port city of Hodeida targeting Shiite militiamen left dozens of people dead and wounded on Thursday, a security official said.

"The two explosions were the result of two car bombs and left dozens dead and wounded," the official told AFP, without providing any precise figures.

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Arab League Hopes U.S. Will not Veto U.N. Palestinian Resolution

The Arab League said Thursday it hoped the United States would not veto a draft U.N. Security Council resolution laying out the terms of a final peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.

Jordan presented the draft Wednesday on behalf of the Palestinians, who have sought to avoid a clash with Washington by saying they are open to negotiations on the text.

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Gazans Rally for ex-Strongman Dahlan as W. Bank Trial Opens

Thousands of supporters of exiled Palestinian strongman Mohammed Dahlan protested Thursday in Gaza against the reported sacking of dozens of members of the security forces who back him.

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Iraq to Defer Kuwait War Reparations for a Year, Says U.N.

Iraq can delay payment of a final $4.6 billion in war reparations for its 1990 invasion of Kuwait because of the difficulties it faces in battling the Islamic State insurgency, the U.N. said Thursday.

After holding a special session in Geneva, the governing body of the U.N. Compensation Commission (UNCC), which is handling the reparations, said "extraordinarily difficult security circumstances" in Iraq had presented "unusual budgetary challenges".

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Egypt Jails 40 Morsi Backers for Church Fires

An Egyptian court sentenced 40 backers of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to up to 15 years in jail Thursday for violence including torching churches, a judicial source said.

Followers of Morsi have been the target of a relentless crackdown by the authorities since he was deposed in July 2013 by ex-army chief and now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

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