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Dad of Canadian Held in Syria Asks for Help to Get Him, 18 Others Home

The father of a British-Canadian dual national held by Kurds in Syria pleaded Tuesday for Ottawa's help to rescue him and at least 18 other Canadians, amid concerns that some of them pose a security risk.

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Israel Army Says Did Not Know Fatal Gaza Strike Targets were Children

The Israeli military said Tuesday it did not know a weekend air strike on the Gaza border that killed three teens was targeting minors, after accusations of excessive force. 

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Egyptian Economist Freed after Arrest over New Book

Egyptian economist Abdel Khalek Farouk said Tuesday he has been released from jail after being arrested over his new book, which takes a critical look at the country's finances.

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Minister Says Tunisia Woman's Suicide Bombing 'Isolated Act'

A suicide attack by an unemployed graduate woman on a busy street in the Tunisian capital this week was an "isolated act," a government minister said Tuesday.

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Reports: Turkey Rejects 'Unrealistic' Demands to Shut Qatar Base

Turkey has dismissed as "unrealistic" demands to close a military base in Qatar as sought by a Saudi-led bloc caught up in a row with the emirate, according to reports Tuesday.

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Syria Kurds Beef Up Anti-IS Front

Hundreds of Kurdish fighters have arrived in eastern Syria to help a U.S.-backed alliance fight the Islamic State group after a major setback last week, a monitor said Tuesday.

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Turkey Says 'Plans Complete' for Assault on Kurdish Militia in Syria

Turkey has completed preparations for a new operation in northern Syria to "destroy" a US-backed Kurdish militia that Ankara considers to be a terrorist group, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday.

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Saudi Ties to US Colleges Come under Mounting Scrutiny

U.S. colleges and universities have received more than $350 million from the Saudi government this decade, yet some are rethinking their arrangements in the wake of the killing of a journalist that has ignited a global uproar against the oil-rich nation.

The Associated Press analyzed federal data and found that at least $354 million from the Saudi government or institutions it controls has flowed to 37 American schools since 2011. Much of the money was provided through a scholarship program that covers tuition for Saudis studying in the U.S., but at least $62 million came through contracts or gifts from the kingdom's nationally owned companies and research institutes, the AP found.

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Protests as Druze Vote in Israeli Local Elections

Israelis voted in local elections Tuesday that saw an ally of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vie for Jerusalem mayor and controversial first-time polls in part of the occupied Golan Heights that drew protests.

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Saudi-Led Coalition Sends Thousands of Troops towards Yemen Port

The Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen has sent more than 10,000 new troops towards a vital rebel-held port city ahead of a new assault, Yemeni government officials said Tuesday.

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