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Amnesty International: Saudi Rights Activist Jailed for 8 Years

A Saudi court on Sunday sentenced a human rights activist to eight years in jail under the kingdom's "repressive counter-terrorism law," Amnesty International said.

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Saudi Urges Iran to 'Stop Intervening' in Iraq

Saudi Arabia accused Iran on Sunday of sowing "sedition" in Iraq urging the Islamic republic to "stop intervening" in the affairs of its neighbors.

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South Yemen Clashes Kill 39

Fierce fighting between government forces and Shiite rebels in south Yemen on Sunday claimed the lives of 25 insurgents and 14 soldiers, a military official said.

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Police Send Netanyahu Spending File to District Attorney

Israeli police said Sunday they had completed a probe into allegations Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife used public funds for their private villa, with the findings now passed on to prosecutors.

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EgyptAir Black Boxes Impossible to Recover before 12 Days

Investigators into EgyptAir's plane crash need at least 12 days to recover its black boxes as they await a ship that can retrieve them from the bottom of the Mediterranean, investigation sources said Sunday.

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Saudi FM Slams Iran Hajj Conditions as 'Unacceptable'

Saudi Arabia on Sunday denounced as "unacceptable" Iranian demands over its pilgrims joining the annual Islamic hajj this year, after Tehran accused Riyadh of raising obstacles.

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Iraq Forces Poised for Fallujah Assault

Elite Iraqi troops were poised Sunday to assault one of the Islamic State group's most emblematic bastions, Fallujah, as the jihadists counterattacked in both Iraq and neighboring Syria.

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Bahrain Court Upholds Life Terms for 5 Shiite 'Spies'

A Bahraini appeals court on Sunday upheld life prison sentences against five Shiites convicted of spying for Iran as well as their citizenships being revoked, a judicial source told AFP.

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Iraq Kurds Launch Offensive East of Mosul

Iraq's Kurdish peshmerga forces on Sunday launched an offensive to retake areas east of Mosul, the Islamic State's main hub in the country, a statement said.

The "peshmerga-led ground offensive, backed by international coalition warplanes" started before dawn, the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) said.

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Saudi Executes Nigerian for Police Murder

Saudi authorities put to death a Nigerian on Sunday after convicting him of murdering a policeman, the latest in a surge of executions that has drawn concern from human rights groups.

It was 95th execution of the year in the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom, which imposes the death penalty for offenses including murder, drug trafficking, armed robbery, rape and apostasy.

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