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Egypt Cabinet Passes Anti-Terror Law, Requests Faster Trials

Egypt's government adopted a controversial anti-terror law and requested a faster court appeals process on Wednesday, after the president pledged tougher laws following the assassination of the top prosecutor.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who vowed to adopt tougher measures following the killing of state prosecutor Hisham Barakat on Monday, is expected to swiftly ratify the law.

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Libya Peace Talks Stall again despite U.N. Sanctions Threat

Libya's rival governments will not return to peace talks this week after rebel forces Wednesday rejected the latest proposal, defying threats the U.N. Security Council would impose sanctions on anyone who stands in the way of a deal.

The National General Congress parliament in Tripoli, which was seized by rebel forces last year, said it would consult for a week on the new draft, ruling out returning to the talks due to begin in Morocco on Thursday.

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Morocco Arrests Denmark-bound Afghans as Jihadist Suspects

Moroccan police have arrested three Afghans suspected of links with jihadists as they prepared to board a plane to Denmark, officials said Wednesday.

They said the three men were detained on Saturday at Marrakesh airport holding fake Pakistani passports.

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U.N. Security Council Threatens Sanctions over Libya Deal

The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday urged Libya's parties to sign an agreement to form a national unity government and threatened sanctions against those who stand in the way of a deal. 

U.N. envoy Bernardino Leon has submitted a draft proposal that he said could be ready for endorsement when peace talks resume in Morocco on Thursday.

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U.N. Declares Highest-Level Aid Emergency in Yemen

The United Nations on Wednesday declared Yemen a level-3 humanitarian emergency, the highest on its scale, to step up urgently-needed international aid for the war-torn country.

U.N. aid chief Stephen O'Brien met with heads of agencies to discuss the crisis in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition has been carrying out airstrikes to push back a rebel offensive.

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Egypt Cabinet Passes Anti-Terror Law, Requests Faster Trials

Egypt's government adopted a controversial anti-terror law and requested a faster court appeals process on Wednesday, after the president pledged tougher laws following the assassination of the top prosecutor.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who vowed to adopt tougher measures following the killing of state prosecutor Hisham Barakat on Monday, is expected to swiftly ratify the laws.

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Kuwait Makes DNA Tests Mandatory after IS Bombing

Kuwait's parliament, reacting to a suicide bombing last week that killed 26 people, adopted a law Wednesday requiring mandatory DNA testing on all the country's citizens and foreign residents.

The legislation, requested by the government to help security agencies make quicker arrests in criminal cases, calls on the interior ministry to establish a database on all 1.3 million citizens and 2.9 million foreign residents.

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Senior Leader among 9 Brotherhood Members Killed in Cairo Police Raid

An Egyptian police raid on an apartment in Cairo killed nine wanted men including senior Muslim Brotherhood leader Nasser al-Houfi on Wednesday, security officials and the Brotherhood said.

The raid the 6th of October district came as security forces were engaged in fierce fighting with Islamic State group jihadists in the Sinai Peninsula, in which at least 70 soldiers and civilians, have been killed.

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Turkey Arrests Seven Islamic State Suspects

Turkish authorities on Wednesday arrested seven men suspected of fighting alongside the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria, state media reported.

The suspects were arrested in raids in the western city of Izmir, southern city of Isparta and in eastern Erzurum province, Anatolia news agency said.

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Israel Cancels West Bankers' Gaza Visits after Attacks

Israel said Wednesday it was revoking permits for hundreds of Palestinians living in the West Bank to visit relatives in the Gaza Strip, after a series of attacks, some fatal.

The announcement by COGAT, the agency that manages civilian affairs in the Palestinian territories, was the latest reversal to measures easing movement for Palestinians during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

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