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Amnesty Condemns Egypt's 'Unlawful Evictions' on Gaza Border

Amnesty International condemned Thursday Egypt's demolition of hundreds of homes and called for a halt to its "unlawful evictions" of residents to create a buffer zone with the Gaza Strip.

Egypt started work on the zone at the end of October with the aim of stemming jihadists reportedly infiltrating Egypt's Sinai peninsula from across the border.

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French Pair on Trial for Israel Hit-and-Run Death

Two Frenchmen stood trial Thursday over a hit-and-run road accident in Tel Aviv that killed a young Israeli woman and sparked outrage in Israel after the pair fled to France. 

Eric Robic, who has confessed to being behind the wheel at the time of the 2011 tragedy, faces charges of aggravated manslaughter and not providing aid to a person in distress.

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Canada's CBC Websites Hacked by Pro-Syrian Group

Canadian national broadcaster CBC said Thursday hackers had briefly compromised its website in an attack claimed by supporters of Syria's President Bashar Assad.

Several other media websites said they were also affected, including Britain's Independent and Telegraph newspapers.

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War Forces Aleppo Merchants from Souk to Street

Once proud shop owners in Aleppo's picturesque old city market, the merchants of Syria's former economic capital now live off a pittance selling goods on pavements and stalls.

After a major rebel offensive on Aleppo in July 2012, the city's historic souk fell prey to a war that has killed more than 195,000 Syrians and forced nearly half the population to flee.

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Report: Qaida Moved U.S. Hostage ahead of Yemen Raid

Al-Qaida militants holding an American journalist in Yemen moved him and two other foreign hostages just days before a raid to free him, a Yemeni defense ministry website said.

The journalist as well as a British national and a South African are among several hostages held by al-Qaida in the violence-wracked country, according to the ministry's 26Sep.net news website.

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Israel Thwarts Attack on Jerusalem Stadium as Patrol Comes under Fire near Gaza

Israel has thwarted a planned attack by the Palestinian group Hamas on Jerusalem's biggest football stadium, arresting 30 suspected militants commanded from Turkey, security services said Thursday.

The Holy City is on edge following a series of deadly "lone-wolf" attacks on Israelis, including deliberate hit-and-run incidents by Palestinian drivers, and the killing of five people in a synagogue.

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Muallem: Damascus, Moscow Back U.N. 'Freeze' Plan

The Syrian regime and key ally Russia have agreed to support a U.N. proposal to suspend fighting in the battered northern city of Aleppo, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said.

Muallem's remarks, reported by state news agency SANA, followed a meeting between President Vladimir Putin and a Syrian government delegation in Sochi, Russia on Wednesday.

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Saudi Beheads 9th Pakistani since Mid-October

Saudi Arabia on Thursday beheaded a Pakistani for heroin smuggling, bringing to nine the number of people from his country executed since mid-October.

Mohammed Rahman Mohammed Asghar had been "tried and found guilty of smuggling a large quantity of heroin into the kingdom," the official Saudi Press Agency said.

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Danish Syria Fighters 'on Benefits while Fighting for IS'

Denmark paid unemployment benefits to 28 people while they were waging war for the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria, the Danish intelligence service was quoted as saying on Thursday.

Out of the 28 Danish people identified by the Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) as having received benefits, 15 had been ordered to pay the money back, eight people were still being investigated, and five cases had been dropped due to insufficient evidence, tabloid BT reported.

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Iraqi Forces Hold Off Jihadist Attack on Ramadi

Iraqi forces held off a jihadist assault on the government headquarters in the capital of Anbar province, deploying reinforcements in the key battleground against the Islamic State group, officers said Thursday.

Security forces, backed by tribesmen, managed to defend the complex in Ramadi, which lies 100 kilometers (60 miles) west of the Iraqi capital and is one of the last major urban areas in Anbar under Baghdad's control.

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