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Air Strikes and Clashes Shatter Yemen Truce

A humanitarian truce in Yemen has failed to take hold after Saudi-led warplanes resumed raids Tuesday on rebels, who clashed with loyalists, military sources said.

Iran, which backs the Shiite Huthi rebels, accused its Sunni regional rival Riyadh of "playing with fire and with the ceasefire".

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Syria Army, Kurds Push IS out of Hasakeh City

Syrian troops and Kurdish fighters ousted the Islamic State group from Hasakeh Tuesday, more than a month after the jihadists launch an assault on the northeastern city, a monitoring group said.

Government troops and Kurdish forces, who share control of the city, had been battling since June 25 to push IS forces out of the city, which is the capital of Hasakeh province.

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Second Saudi Execution after Ramadan Pause

Saudi Arabia beheaded one of its citizens for drug trafficking on Tuesday, in the second execution after a pause for Ramadan.

Saif al-Hadissane was found guilty of smuggling a large amount of hashish.

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HRW Says Saudi-Led Yemen Raid 'Apparent War Crime'

Human Rights Watch condemned as an "apparent war crime" on Tuesday a Saudi-led air raid in Yemen last week that it said killed at least 65 civilians in residential compounds.

The New York-based watchdog charged that the Saudi-led coalition had failed to investigate alleged breaches of the rules of war during the bombing campaign it launched against Shiite rebels in March and called for a U.N. probe.

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Libya Court Sentences Gadhafi Son to Death

A Libyan court Tuesday sentenced a son and eight aides of slain dictator Moammar Gadhafi to death for crimes during the 2011 uprising, in a verdict denounced by rights campaigners.

The United Nations also said it was "deeply disturbed" by the outcome and criticized the trial for failing to meet international standards.

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Saudi King Backs Turkish Military Action

Saudi King Salman has expressed support for Turkey after it launched air strikes against the Islamic State group in Syria and Kurdish militants in Iraq, state media reported on Tuesday.

The king told President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday that he backed Turkey's right to self-defense, the official Saudi Press Agency said.

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Settlers Clash with Israeli Police in West Bank

Jewish settlers clashed with Israeli police on Tuesday as authorities took control of homes being built in the occupied West Bank, after a court ruled that the illegal structures must be demolished.

The Israeli High Court last month ordered the two structures in the Beit El settlement north of Ramallah to be razed before July 30.

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Ministry: Two Bahrain Police Killed in 'Terror' Blast

A bomb blast killed two Bahrain policemen and wounded six others Tuesday in an area often shaken by clashes between security forces and Shiite Muslim protesters, the interior ministry said.

Bahrain has seen frequent unrest since the minority Sunni rulers of the small Gulf kingdom crushed a Shiite-led uprising four years ago.

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Australian Charged with Trying to Join Kurds in Iraq

A Melbourne man has been charged with attempting to leave for Iraq to fight with Kurdish forces against the Islamic State group, just weeks after another Australian was killed during a similar venture.

Jamie Williams, 28, is accused of preparing to enter a foreign country with the intention of engaging in hostile activities -- which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

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Egypt Police Kill Two Suspected Jihadists in Cairo Raid

Egyptian police killed two alleged jihadists suspected of involvement in the recent bombing of the Italian consulate in Cairo in a raid Monday on an apartment in the capital, security officials said.

The two men were killed in a gunfight when a police team went to arrest them, the officials said.

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