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Al-Aqsa Compound: Jerusalem's Flashpoint Holy Site

The flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound in east Jerusalem, at the heart of the latest tensions in the Holy City, is a highly sensitive site sacred to both Muslims and Jews.

The plaza is a 14-hectare (35-acre) rectangular esplanade at the southeast corner of the Old City which was seized by Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed in a move never internationally recognized.

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Yehuda Glick: Israel's Modern-Day Temple Mount Zealot

Rabbi Yehuda Glick, the Israeli targeted in a Jerusalem shooting attack, is one of the most high-profile campaigners for Jewish prayer rights at the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound.

Like others in the messianic nationalist right Glick, 48, is loathed by Palestinians who see any Jewish presence on the plateau in the Old City, which houses Islam's third-holiest shrine, as an intolerable provocation.

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Egypt Jailing for Claims 'Traitor' Morsi Fed False Intelligence

An Egyptian court has jailed a retired general for claiming the nation's spies deliberately fed now-deposed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi false intelligence because he was a "traitor," state media reported Thursday.

Tharwat Guda, a former officer in general intelligence, was jailed for a year Wednesday in a military trial sparked by a complaint from his former institution that he had disclosed information "damaging to national security."

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Kuwait Jails Tweeter 4 Years for Insulting Judges

Kuwait's lower court Thursday sentenced an online activist to four years in prison for insulting judges on Twitter, according to the court ruling and activists.

Ahmad Fadhel was charged with writing comments on Twitter deemed offensive to a number of judges, who then sued him.

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Libyan Politician Wins Britain Torture Rendition Appeal

A British court on Thursday ruled that a Libyan politician can sue the government over his claim that Britain conspired with the CIA in his "rendition" to Libya for torture in a case that could pave the way for similar legal action.

The Court of Appeal ruling overturns a previous court decision in December that said that while Abdul-Hakim Belhaj and his wife had a "well-founded claim" the case was beyond the jurisdiction of British courts.

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U.N. Watchdog Slams Israel Abuses, Demands Gaza War Probe

A U.N. human rights watchdog on Thursday urged Israel to respect the rights of Palestinians, and demanded the country probe violations committed during repeated assaults on Gaza.

With tensions soaring in East Jerusalem, and months of almost daily clashes, the U.N. Human Rights Committee published conclusions Thursday from its review earlier this month of Israel's human rights record.

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Bullet Holes, Tear Gas are Aftermath of Deadly Jerusalem Raid

Four neat bullet holes pock-mark the wall on the roof of Muataz Hijazi's family home in east Jerusalem, where Israeli police shot the 32-year-old dead at dawn Friday.

Relatives and neighbors say he was murdered, but police say he opened fire on them when they went to arrest him for severely wounding a radical Jewish activist in a shooting the night before.

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Tunisia Secularists Win Landmark Vote in Arab Spring Birthplace

Tunisia's secular Nidaa Tounes won landmark parliamentary elections, results showed Thursday, beating Islamist rivals in a vote that raised hopes of a peaceful transition in the birthplace of the Arab Spring.

Sunday's election has been hailed as a victory for democracy in the North African nation, which touched off the so-called Arab Spring when protests drove longtime dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali from power in 2011.

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Syria Denounces Turkey over Kobane Reinforcements

Syria accused Turkey on Thursday of a "flagrant violation" of its sovereignty, as Ankara allowed Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters and opposition rebels to cross its border to battle jihadists.

"Once again, Turkey has shown its conspiratorial role... by allowing foreign forces and terrorist groups to enter Syria," said a foreign ministry statement reported by state television.

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Saudi Beheads Man for Murder

Saudi Arabia beheaded a man Thursday for murdering a fellow tribesman, the interior ministry said, the latest in dozens of executions this year that have alarmed rights campaigners.

Hadi bin Rashid al-Dosari, a Saudi national, was convicted of stabbing to death a fellow tribesman following a dispute, the ministry said in a statement carried by the official SPA news agency.

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