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Egypt Sentences Radical Preacher to Death in Absentia

An Egyptian court on Sunday sentenced to death in absentia radical Islamic preacher Wagdi Ghoneim for establishing an illegal organization that incited violence against security forces, officials said.

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Libya Seizes Oil Tankers and Crew after Shootout at Sea

Libya has seized two foreign-flagged oil tankers and detained their crews for allegedly smuggling fuel after an hours-long gunbattle off the west coast, authorities said.

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Drone Strike Kills 5 Qaida Suspects in Yemen

Five suspected members of Yemen's sl-Qaida branch were killed Sunday in what local authorities said was a U.S. drone strike east of the capital Sanaa. 

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Hamas to Amend Controversial Charter in Bid to Ease Ties

Hamas is to unveil a new version of its controversial founding charter which called for the destruction of Israel in a bid to ease its international isolation, party officials said.

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Turkey, US Can Turn Raqa into 'Graveyard' for IS, Says Erdogan

Turkey and the United States can join forces to turn the Islamic State group's de-facto capital of Raqa in neighboring Syria into a "graveyard" for the jihadists, the Turkish president said on Saturday.

"The huge America, the coalition and Turkey can join hands and turn Raqa into a graveyard for Daesh," Erdogan told an Istanbul meeting, using an alternative name for the IS group. His comments come ahead of a meeting with President Donald Trump in mid-May in the United States.

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Pope Francis Leads Mass for Thousands of Egyptian Catholics

Pope Francis led a jubilant mass for thousands of Egyptian Catholics on Saturday during a visit to support the country's embattled Christian minority and promote dialogue with Muslims.

Worshippers released yellow and white balloons with Francis, flanked by security, circling the Cairo stadium on a golf cart and waving to the crowds as a chorus sang a joyous hymn.

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Reports: U.S. Troops Deploy along Syria-Turkish Border

U.S. armored vehicles are deploying in areas in northern Syria along the tense border with Turkey, a few days after a Turkish airstrike that killed 20 U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters, a Syrian war monitor and Kurdish activists said Friday.

Footage posted by Syrian activists online showed a convoy of U.S. armored vehicles driving on a rural road in the village of Darbasiyah, a few hundred meters from the Turkish border. Clashes in the area were reported between Turkish and Kurdish forces Wednesday a day after the Turkish airstrike which also destroyed a Kurdish command headquarters.

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40 Dead in Rebel-Jihadist Clashes near Damascus

Fierce clashes between jihadists and Islamist rebels near Damascus left at least 40 dead and 70 wounded on Friday, a monitoring group said.

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Clashes at Protests to Support Palestinian Hunger Strikers

Palestinians clashed with Israeli soldiers across the occupied West Bank on Friday in support of hundreds of Palestinians on hunger strike in Israeli prisons.

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Turkish Army, Syrian Kurdish Militia in New Clashes

New clashes erupted Friday between the Turkish army and a Syrian Kurdish militia seen as a terror group by Ankara but as a key ally by the United States in the fight against jihadists, the Turkish army said.

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