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Kerry Reassures Egypt over Apache Delivery

Secretary of State John Kerry told his Egyptian counterpart Friday that the United States intends to make good on its promise to deliver 10 Apache helicopters to help Cairo's counterterrorism efforts.

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Kerry Calls for 'Coalition of Nations' in Fighting IS

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Friday for a global coalition of nations to combat Islamic State jihadists' "genocidal agenda" in Syria and Northern Iraq.

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Gulf Rivals Struggle to Build Anti-Jihadist Front

Gulf countries, while siding with Washington against Islamic State jihadists, are struggling to build a common front because of differences within their own ranks and with non-Arab Iran.

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Tunisia Recovers 14 Bodies from Sea near Libya

Tunisian rescuers Friday recovered the bodies of at least 14 people from the sea near Libya's maritime border, in an area that has seen many boatloads of illegal migrants capsize.

A child's body was among those plucked from the sea by the Tunisian coastguard and taken to Ben Guerdane, an Agence France Presse photographer said.

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U.S. Military Mission in Iraq Costs $7.5 Million a Day

The U.S. military's bombing raids and other operations in Iraq cost about $7.5 million a day, the Pentagon said Friday.

Since Islamic State (IS) militants seized territory in northern and western Iraq in June, President Barack Obama has deployed about 865 U.S. troops to Iraq to bolster security for American diplomats and advise Baghdad government forces fighting the extremists.

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U.N. Backs Yemen in Fight against Shiite Rebels

The U.N. Security Council on Friday called on Shiite rebels in Yemen to end their armed uprising against the government and warned of sanctions.

In a statement adopted unanimously, the 15-member council condemned actions by the Huthis who are demanding the resignation of the government of President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi.

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Libya Islamists Say They Shot Down Jet of Rival Forces

Libyan jihadists said Friday they downed a plane belonging to forces of a rogue general, but a source close to the officer said it crashed because of a technical fault.

The military aircraft came down in Al-Baida in eastern Libya after carrying out air strikes targeting Islamists in Derna farther east, a spokesman for general Khalifa Haftar said.

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U.N. in Talks to Win Release of Peacekeepers in Syria

U.N. officials were locked in negotiations on Friday to win the release of 44 peacekeepers held by Syrian rebels who also besieged 72 other blue helmets in the Golan Heights.

Syrian armed fighters, including some linked to the al-Qaida affiliate Al-Nusra Front, stormed a Golan Heights crossing on Wednesday, taking 44 troops from Fiji.

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Rebel-Held District of Syrian Capital under Heavy Fire

Syrian government forces on Friday bombarded the Jubar eastern district of Damascus in a fierce offensive aimed at wresting control of the key sector back from rebels, multiple reports said.

Jubar has been in insurgent hands for a year, and is strategic because it provides a gateway to the center of the capital.

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Dutch Plan to Seize Passports of Suspected Jihadists

The Dutch government said Friday it wants to strip jihadists who go to fight in Syria or Iraq of their passports, even if they have not been convicted of a crime.

The move came amid growing fears that Western fighters who joined the Islamic State (IS) and other extremist groups in the Middle East will return home to carry out attacks.

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