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Iraqi Trio Held by Swiss Over Suspected IS Attack Plot

Swiss authorities confirmed on Friday that three Iraqis arrested in March are suspected of having planned a terrorist attack in Europe on behalf of the Islamic State group.

At the end of March, authorities "arrested three Iraqi citizens suspected of providing support to the criminal organisation known as the Islamic State (IS)," Switzerland's attorney general said in a statement.

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EU Hauls up Spain Over Morocco Migrant Treatment

The European Union on Friday expressed concern about Madrid's treatment of migrants crossing to Spain's north African territory of Melilla and demanded an explanation after a video showed abuse by border guards.

Footage filmed by a rights group on October 15 showed Spanish Civil Guards beating a migrant and carrying him, apparently unconscious, back to the Moroccan side, despite the fact that migrants reaching Spanish soil are meant to get asylum.

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Syria Rebels, Qaida Fight in Restive Northwest

Moderate rebels from the Syrian Revolutionary Front and Al-Qaida affiliate Al-Nusra Front fought in the northwestern province of Idlib Friday, a monitor said, as the groups exchanged bitter insults online.

The clashes, near a Front bastion in the village of Deir Sinbel, came days after Al-Nusra took over Front checkpoints, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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Iran's Rights Record Under Fire at U.N.

Iran faced harsh criticism of its rights record Friday, with U.N. diplomats highlighting soaring numbers of executions and lamenting the recent hanging of a woman who murdered her attempted rapist.

But Iran hit back at the criticism, instead slamming countries trying to impose "specific lifestyles on others".

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Iraqi Forces Enter Jihadist-Held Town

Iraqi forces on Friday attacked the strategic jihadist-held town of Baiji, which has been out of government control for months, regaining control of two areas, army officers said.

They "entered the town of Baiji... and moved into Al-Sinai and Al-Tamim neighborhoods and cleared them," Staff Lieutenant General Abdulwahab al-Saadi, who leads the military command for the area, told AFP.

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Yemen Rebels Set 10-Day Deadline for New Government

A Shiite rebel leader in Yemen warned President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi on Friday to form a new government within 10 days or a "national salvation council" would take its place.

The Ansarullah rebels, also known as Huthis, took advantage of the lack of stability since president Ali Abdullah Saleh's 2011 overthrow to seize the capital Sanaa on September 21.

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Erdogan Takes Aim at West over Kobane

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday took aim at Western leaders for focusing too much on the battle over the strategic Syrian border town of Kobane.

Speaking to reporters after a meeting with French President Francois Hollande, Erdogan said: "Why are coalition forces continually bombing this town of Kobane?"

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60 Years on, Independence War Defines Modern Algeria

Sixty years on, the war of independence from France remains a defining moment for Algeria and its elite, like 79-year-old Zohra Drif, a senator who once set off a bomb that left three people dead.

On the night of November 1, 1954, known as "Toussaint Rouge" (Red All Saints Day) because it coincided with the Catholic festival, some 30 explosions rocked government targets in the colony which had been under French occupation for 132 years, leaving seven people dead.

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Iraqi Trio Held by Swiss over Suspected IS Attack Plot

Swiss authorities confirmed on Friday that three Iraqis arrested in March are suspected of having planned a terrorist attack in Europe on behalf of the Islamic State group.

At the end of March, authorities "arrested three Iraqi citizens suspected of providing support to the criminal organization known as the Islamic State (IS)," Switzerland's attorney general said in a statement.

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Foreign Jihadists Flock to IS Despite Air Strikes

The Islamic State group is recruiting foreign jihadists on an "unprecedented scale" despite international efforts to stem the tide, according to experts and extracts of a U.N. report published by Britain's Guardian newspaper.

Latest U.S. figures show that around 1,000 foreign fighters are flocking to fight in Iraq and Syria every month, and experts warn that the newest militants may be more extreme than early recruits.

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