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Ben Ali Stalwarts among Tunisia Presidential Hopefuls

Twenty-seven candidates including officials who served under former dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali have signed up as candidates for Tunisia's November 23 presidential election, the organizing body said Tuesday.

No fewer than 70 people originally filed applications to the Isie, which is organizing the first presidential election since the January 2011 revolt forced Ben Ali to flee.

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Workers Dig out Dead after Syria Regime Strike on Aleppo

At least eight people were killed on Tuesday, among them four children, when Syrian regime helicopters dropped explosives-packed barrel bombs on a district of northern Aleppo, a monitoring group said.

The attack between the neighborhoods of Sakhur and Sheikh Khodr caused widespread damage, leveling several buildings and shearing the facades off others.

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IS Holds out after Week of Syria Air Strikes

The Islamic State group is holding out in Syria after a week of being pounded by U.S.-led air strikes, benefiting from its tactical flexibility, experts say.

Have the strikes halted IS progress?

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Yemenis Protest to Press for Rebel Withdrawal

Hundreds took to the streets of Yemen's capital on Tuesday for the second protest this week demanding that Huthi rebels who seized control of Sanaa leave.

The rebels overran the capital 10 days ago in a lightning offensive and have maintained a strong military presence, conducting patrols and manning checkpoints.

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Turkish Kurd Leader Visits Besieged Syrian Town, Urges Action

One of the leaders of a Turkish pro-Kurdish party on Tuesday crossed the border to visit the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab which has been besieged by IS militants, calling for urgent action by Turkey against the jihadists.

Selahattin Demirtas, a co-leader of the People's Democratic Party (HDP) who came in third against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in August presidential elections, also met a senior Syrian Kurd leader in the town, known as Kobane to the Kurds.

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Hajj Pilgrims Denounce IS 'Virus' but Doubt U.S.-Led War

As they gather in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca for the annual hajj, some pilgrims have denounced atrocities by Islamic State group jihadists as "a virus" threatening the world.

But many also expressed concerns about the U.S.-led air war against them.

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U.S.-led Strikes Hit Jihadists Closing on Syria Border Town

U.S.-led strikes hit Islamic State group fighters closing on a key town on Syria's border with Turkey overnight as Ankara prepared to request parliamentary authorization Tuesday to join the coalition.

In neighboring Iraq, Kurdish forces launched pre-dawn attacks against the jihadists on three fronts in a bid to recapture territory they lost to IS last month, entering a key town on the border with Syria, senior officers said.

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Kurd Troops Attack Iraq Jihadists on Three Fronts

Kurdish troops backed by warplanes battled the Islamic State group on three fronts in northern Iraq Tuesday, clawing back land lost to the jihadists in recent months.

The peshmerga struck before dawn against the town of Rabia on the Syrian border, north of the jihadist-controlled second city Mosul, and south of key oil hub Kirkuk, officers said.

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Fleeing War, Syrians Find Refuge in Latin America

Forced to flee the war raging in his native Syria, 22-year-old Hussein Al Fleig Al Ali first tried neighboring Lebanon before discovering he had more opportunity in far-away Uruguay.

While most of the more than three million refugees who have fled the Syrian conflict have flooded into neighboring countries such as Lebanon and Turkey, a growing number are defying language barriers and distance to try their luck in Latin America.

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Police: Man Arrested in Australia over Funding U.S. fighter in Syria

A man was arrested in counterterror raids in Australia on Tuesday, with police alleging he was sending money to a U.S. jihadist fighting with a militant group in Syria.

The arrest comes days after a terror suspect was shot dead in Melbourne after stabbing two police officers, and amid concerns about Australians fighting alongside jihadists in Iraq and Syria.

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