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Israel Hits Gaza after Rocket Fire, Three Wounded

The Israeli air force hit the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Wednesday lightly wounding three people, after Palestinians fired at southern Israel, the military and Gaza security officials said.

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Erdogan Urges Recognition of Jerusalem as Palestinian Capital

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday urged the world to recognise occupied East Jerusalem as the "capital of Palestine", as Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas warned there could be no peace in the Middle East until such a move was made.

Erdogan opened in Istanbul an emergency summit of the world's main pan-Islamic body the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), seeking to marshal Muslim leaders towards a coordinated response to the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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Russia Pledges to Help Negotiate an End to Libya Crisis

Russia will "do everything necessary" to facilitate an agreement between rival camps in Libya to end the country's political crisis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.

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200,000 Mourn Jewish Spiritual Leader in Israel

Massive crowds attended funeral ceremonies in Israel Tuesday for a spiritual leader of ultra-Orthodox Jews after his death aged 104, with a sea of black-hatted mourners thronging his home neighborhood.

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French FM Says Iran Trying to Carve Out Regional 'Axis'

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Tuesday hit out at Iran, accusing the Islamic Republic of trying to carve out an "axis" of influence stretching through Syria to the Mediterranean Sea.

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Russia Begins its Partial Withdrawal from Syria

The first Russian troops returned home on Tuesday from their deployment in Syria, the army said, beginning a partial withdrawal announced by President Vladimir Putin.

"The battalion of military police from the southern military district (of Russia) deployed to the Syrian Arab Republic has been flown by two military planes to Makhachkala (the capital of Dagestan) airport," the Russian army said in a statement. 

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Two Palestinians Killed in Gaza, Israel Denies Claim of Attack

Two Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday with authorities in the Hamas-run territory blaming an Israeli strike, but Israel's military immediately denying the claim.

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Russia on Alert for Returning IS Jihadists ahead of World Cup

Russia's security service on Tuesday said it was on alert for the possible return of jihadists from Syria ahead of the World Cup and the presidential election in 2018.

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Chess, Smokes, Therapy for Ex-Jihadists at Syria Rehab Center

In a rehabilitation centre in northern Syria, young men huddle over an innocuous game of chess and some cigarettes -- activities they once brutally suppressed as Islamic State group jihadists. 

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Amnesty Accuses Europe of 'Complicity' in Abuse of Libya Migrants

Amnesty International on Tuesday accused Italy and other EU governments of being "knowingly complicit" in horrific abuses of migrants in Libya, warning of legal action against them at European and UN rights institutions.

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