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Israel Air Raids Wound 4 in Gaza as Border Violence Flares

Israeli forces and Hamas fighters have clashed directly for the first time since a devastating 2014 war, the Israeli army confirmed Thursday, as a second cross-border tunnel used by the militants was discovered.

Army spokesman Peter Lerner said in the last 24 hours "we have had at least six incidents where Hamas has fired at IDF activities."

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Qaida Threatens Attacks on Homes of Yemeni Forces

Al-Qaida in Yemen threatened Wednesday to target the homes of officers and soldiers who took part in a government offensive that drove militants out of key areas.

Government troops backed by air and ground support from a Saudi-led coalition launched last month a widespread operation against jihadists in south and southeastern Yemen.

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Eastern Aleppo Could soon be Besieged, U.N. Warns

The Syrian government has refused a U.N. request for humanitarian aid access to rebel-held eastern Aleppo, the U.N. said Wednesday, warning that the area could soon be besieged.

"The horrific fighting and bombardment in recent days, especially in and around Aleppo, is creating new areas with endless suffering and no access for humanitarians," said Jan Egeland, who heads an international humanitarian taskforce for the war-ravaged country.

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Egypt Journalists Demand Interior Minister Sacking

Hundreds of Egyptian journalists demanded the sacking of the interior minister in a raucous meeting at the Journalists' Syndicate on Wednesday, after an unprecedented police raid to arrest two reporters.

Police cordoned off streets leading to the syndicate headquarters in downtown Cairo but allowed members to gather in and around the building for their general assembly, where they chanted "the interior ministry are thugs".

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UK to Take in More Unaccompanied Syrian Children, Says Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday he would let more unaccompanied Syrian children come to Britain after a campaign led by a peer who fled the Nazis in the 1930s.

The U-turn came as the government tries to head off what had been looking like a probable defeat in a parliamentary vote next week on the issue of Syrian minors.

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Turkey Ready to Send Ground Troops to Syria 'if Necessary', Says PM

Turkey is ready to send ground troops into Syria if necessary, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Wednesday, after weeks of deadly rocket strikes on a Turkish region from jihadists across the border.

"If it becomes necessary then we will send the ground forces," Davutoglu told Al-Jazeera television in an interview, when asked if Turkey was mulling sending troops to Syria.

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Hamas Accuses Fatah of Organizing Military Cell in Gaza

The militant Palestinian Hamas movement accused its rival Fatah on Wednesday of organizing a military cell to "breach security and stability" in the Gaza Strip.

In the latest sign of tensions between the Palestinian factions, Iyad al-Bozum, the interior ministry spokesman in the Hamas-run strip, accused senior Fatah leaders of "being behind the cell and communicating with it," without naming those allegedly involved.

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Egypt Sentences Activist Sanaa Seif to Six Months

An Egyptian court sentenced prominent activist Sanaa Seif to six months in prison on Wednesday, months after she was freed by a presidential pardon in another case.

Seif, whose older brother and dissident Alaa Abdel Fattah has also been imprisoned since February 2015, was convicted of "insulting the judiciary," a judicial official said.

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Paris to Host Saudi, Qatar, UAE, Turkey FMs for Syria Talks Monday

France will host talks next week with the Saudi, Qatari, Turkish and UAE foreign ministers on the breakdown in the Syrian peace process, government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said Wednesday.

Other top diplomats from "countries that think negotiations should resume at all costs" may also attend the Monday meeting, Le Foll said, without naming them.

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Egypt Court Acquits Former Mubarak PM

Egypt's top appeals court acquitted on Wednesday Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister of corruption charges after overturning his sentence for illegal profiteering, his lawyer and a judicial official said.

Ahmed Nazif had been found guilty by two criminal courts in 2012 and 2015 of illegally amassing 64 million Egyptian pounds ($7.2 million) serving under the former president.

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