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Palestinian Teen Killed in Clash with Israel Army

A Palestinian teen shot during clashes with the Israeli army in the West Bank died of his wounds early Saturday, Palestinian medical and security sources said.

The sources said 14-year-old Laith Khaldi of the Jalazon refugee camp was shot in the chest during clashes with Israeli forces near the Atara checkpoint on Friday evening and died hours later in hospital.

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Kerry Sets off on Mideast Trip to Egypt, Doha

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry departed late Friday to Egypt for cooperation talks and to Qatar, where he hopes to ease Gulf countries' concerns about the Iran nuclear deal.

The trip, which ends August 8, will not include a stop in Israel, one of Washington's closest allies and a fierce critic of the newly-hatched Iran nuclear agreement.

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Al-Nusra Front Claims Capture of U.S.-backed Rebels

Al-Qaida's Syria affiliate launched a fierce assault on the headquarters of a U.S.-trained rebel group Friday, while claiming responsibility for capturing members of the "moderate" force earlier this week. 

Al-Nusra Front unleashed its offensive on the base of the Division 30 unit in northern Aleppo province, a monitor said, sparking clashes and air raids by a U.S.-led coalition that killed at least 18 of the jihadists.

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Shelling from Yemen Kills 4 Saudi Troops, Wounds Seven

Rocket fire from war-wracked Yemen on Friday killed three Saudi soldiers and a member of a paramilitary force, in the deadliest border incident for several weeks, the interior ministry said.

The three soldiers died and seven border guards were wounded as a barrage of rockets crashed into the Asir region, the ministry said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.

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Two of Four Indians Held in Libya Released

Two Indian teachers who were detained in an area of Libya that the Islamic State group claims to control have been released but two of their colleagues are still being held, the New Delhi government said Friday.

India's foreign ministry said it was able to "secure the release" of the two after the group was detained at a checkpoint around 30 miles (50 kilometers) from Sirte late Thursday and taken to the southern coastal city.

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Netanyahu in Rare Call to Abbas after Toddler Murder

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a rare telephone call to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, condemning the murder Friday of a Palestinian toddler in an arson attack and pledging a thorough investigation.

Netanyahu told Abbas "everyone in Israel was shocked by the reprehensible terrorism against the Dawabsha family" that killed the 18-month-old boy, his office said.

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Saudi Executes Pakistani Heroin Smuggler

Saudi Arabia on Friday beheaded a convicted Pakistani heroin trafficker, adding to a sharp increase in executions this year.

Shah Faisal Azeem Shah was found guilty of smuggling the drugs hidden in his body, the interior ministry said in a statement reported by the official Saudi Press Agency.

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Qaida Suicide Bombing Kills 9 Yemen Soldiers

A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-packed car into a Yemeni army checkpoint on Friday killing nine soldiers, a military source said, blaming al-Qaida for the attack.

The attack was mounted near the city of Qoton in southeastern Yemen's vast desert province of Hadramawt where Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) operates.

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U.S.-led Raids Destroy IS Bridges on Syria-Iraq Border

U.S.-led coalition air strikes destroyed early Friday two key bridges used by the Islamic State group on the Syrian side of the Iraqi border, a monitoring group said. 

The Pentagon confirmed strikes in the area, and a senior U.S. officer said they will have a "profound impact" on IS abilities to carry out operations in the neighboring and strategically important Iraqi province of Anbar.

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Tunisia Extends State of Emergency by Two Months

A state of emergency imposed in Tunisia after a jihadist gunman killed 38 foreign tourists in June is to be extended for two months, the president's office announced Friday.  

"After consultations with the prime minister and the speaker, the president has decided to extend the state of emergency in force nationwide for two months from August 3," it said in a statement.

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