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Khalifa Haftar, Rising Power amid Libya's Chaos

Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, whose forces are battling to seize the capital Tripoli, is widely seen as a hawk hunting for greater power in violence-wracked Libya. 

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Algeria: From Mass Protests to Bouteflika's Departure

Algerians took to the streets for a seventh successive Friday as they push for a radical overhaul of the country's ruling elite following the resignation of veteran leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

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Libyan Force Says Haftar Meets U.N. Chief in Benghazi

U.N. chief Antonio Guterres met Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar on Friday, an official from the strongman's forces said, a day after his fighters launched an offensive against the capital Tripoli.

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Russia Hopes Libya Will Avoid New 'Bloodshed', Says Kremlin

Russia expressed hope Friday that the crisis in Libya would not lead to "renewed bloodshed", adding that Moscow did not support Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar.  

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Yemen Schoolchildren Killed by Unexploded Ordnance, Says UN

Two children were killed and eight critically wounded when an unexploded bomb went off at a school in the rebel-held Yemeni capital, the UN children's agency said on Friday. 

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U.S. Citizens among Eight Held in Saudi Crackdown

Saudi Arabia has arrested at least eight writers and bloggers, including two U.S. citizens, in an apparent crackdown on supporters of detained women activists whose trial has drawn global censure, campaigners said Friday.

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Huge Demos as Algerians Urge Bouteflika Allies to Quit Too

A vast crowd of protestors flooded the streets of Algiers Friday, the first mass demonstrations since the resignation of ailing president Abdelaziz Bouteflika and a show of strength by those pushing demands for reform.

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US Envoy Wraps Up Afghan Visit, Vows Inclusivity in Talks

The US envoy tasked with forging a peace deal with the Taliban met with officials in Pakistan on Friday, after telling leaders and various groups in Afghanistan they would be included in future talks.

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Pro-Haftar Forces Pushed Back near Libya Capital

Forces loyal to Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar were pushed back Friday from a key checkpoint less than 30 kilometres from Tripoli, checking their lightning advance on the capital, a security source said.

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Australia Open to Return of IS Fighter's Orphaned Children

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Friday he was open to allowing the return of orphaned children of an Australian jihadist in a Syrian refugee camp following their desperate plea for help. 

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