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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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Netanyahu Says Mediation Can Help to Prevent Gaza Collapse

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he welcomes mediation from the United Nations and Egypt to prevent a humanitarian collapse in the Gaza Strip, Israeli media reported Tuesday.

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Erdogan Urges Saudi Prosecutor to Find Out Who Ordered Khashoggi Murder

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday called on Saudi Arabia's chief prosecutor to find out who ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and not spare "certain people" in his investigation.

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