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11 Civilians Killed in Airstrikes in Northern Yemen

Yemen's rebel-run news agency says airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition have killed 11 civilians and wounded others in the northern city of Saada.

The agency, SABA, which is under control of the Shiite rebels known as Houthis, reported on Friday that the airstrikes destroyed two houses located in the district of Baqam in the city of Saada — a Houthi stronghold.

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Israeli Troops Kill Suspected Assailant in W.Bank

Israeli troops shot dead a suspected Palestinian assailant at the entrance to the West Bank village of Silwad on Friday, the army said.

"Forces identified a suspect running towards an (army) post in Silwad, northeast of Ramallah," a spokeswoman said.

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Turkey Sends More Tanks into Northern Syria

Turkey on Friday sent four more tanks across the border into the Syrian city of Jarabulus which was liberated by Ankara-backed rebels this week, an AFP photographer said.

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U.N. Syrian Envoy Joins Kerry, Lavrov Meeting

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov were meeting in Geneva on Friday for an expected push towards resuming peace talks for war-ravaged Syria.

They were briefly joined by the U.N. envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, who had said Thursday the talks would be "important", and could help his drive to revive the stalled negotiations.

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Sudan Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Saudi

A Sudanese Antonov aircraft made an emergency landing in Saudi Arabia after takeoff from a base used to bomb rebels in Yemen, the kingdom's aviation regulator said, without reporting injuries.

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Kuwaiti Government Employee Arrested over IS Online Postings

Kuwait's Interior Ministry says a government employee has been arrested for spreading Islamic State ideology and hacking social media pages of "some friendly and sister countries."

The ministry identified the man arrested as Osman Zebn Naif, born in 1990, and said he confessed to being part of the Cyber Army of the Khilafah. That's a known group of hackers supporting the extremists in Iraq and Syria.

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Tunisia to Vote on Cabinet to Tackle Mounting Challenges

Tunisia's premier-designate called for "sacrifices" on Friday as parliament convened to vote on a cabinet line-up he has proposed to tackle pressing economic and security challenges.

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Russia to Work with U.S. on Response to Syria Gas Attacks Probe

Russia will work with the United States on a response after U.N. investigators found that the Syrian regime had carried out chemical attacks, Moscow's U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said Thursday.

"We have a joint interest in discouraging such things from happening, preventing such things from happening, even in the fog of war," Churkin told reporters.

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Turkey 'Planned Syria Operation for Over 2 Years'

Turkey had been planning a Syria ground operation for over two years before launching an offensive this week, but it was stalled by the military and various international disputes, an official said Thursday.

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Deal Struck for Thousands of Rebels, Civilians to Quit Syria's Daraya

Thousands of rebel fighters and civilians are to evacuate the besieged town of Daraya near the Syrian capital under an accord struck on Thursday, state news agency SANA said.

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