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Qaida Blows up Yemen Army HQ in Stronghold City

Al-Qaida militants on Wednesday blew up an army headquarters and set up checkpoints in the jihadist network's southeastern stronghold of Mukalla, officials in Hadramawt province said.

The militants had deployed in force across Mukalla after receiving information of a possible operation by a Saudi-led military coalition to help government loyalists retake the provincial capital, the officials said.

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Saudi King to Visit U.S. for First Time since Rift

Saudi King Salman will visit the United States next month for the first time since acceding the throne and following a rift over America's rapprochement with Iran, a diplomat said Wednesday.

The monarch, who pulled out of a Gulf leaders' summit with U.S. President Barack Obama in May at the last minute, would travel to Washington on September 4, the Saudi diplomat said.

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Syrian Rebel Commander Killed in Turkey Car Bomb Attack

A commander of a Syrian rebel group fighting the regime of President Bashar Assad was killed Wednesday in a car bomb attack in southern Turkey, local officials said.

Jamil Raadoun died of his wounds in hospital after the bomb exploded outside his home in Antakya in the southern Hatay region, regional governor Ercan Topaca told the state-run Anatolia news agency.

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Arab League Delays Meeting on Joint Military Force

The Arab League said it had postponed indefinitely a ministerial meeting set for Thursday to approve the creation of a joint military force to intervene against jihadists.

A meeting of defense and foreign ministers "has been postponed indefinitely and a new date will be set later," the league's secretariat said Wednesday.

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Report: Saudi Suspect in 1996 Anti-U.S. Bombing Arrested

A key suspect in the bombing of a housing complex in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 U.S. airmen almost two decades ago has been captured, a newspaper reported Wednesday.

Ahmad Ibrahim al-Mughassil, who is wanted by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, is said to be the head of the Saudi Hezbollah's military wing, an outlawed organization whose members are drawn from the kingdom's Shiite Muslim community.

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Aid Groups Appeal for End to Gaza Blockade

Some 35 aid groups from around the world, including ActionAid and Oxfam, launched a joint call Wednesday to end Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip, which is in dire need of reconstruction.

Last summer's devastating war in Gaza caused mass casualties, killing 2,251 Palestinians, including more than 500 children. Seventy-three people were killed on the Israeli side, including 67 soldiers.

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Report: Military May Have Skewed IS Analysis

The Pentagon is investigating whether military officials have improperly rewritten intelligence assessments to give a more optimistic view of the U.S.-led campaign against the Islamic State group in Iraq, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

The inspector general probe began after at least one civilian analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency said he had evidence that U.S. Central Command officials were reworking intelligence report conclusions prepared for President Barack Obama and other policymakers.

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Israel Frees Hundreds more African Migrants

Israel released a second group of around 600 African migrants from a desert detention center on Wednesday after a court order, the prison authorities said.

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Saudi Executes Four after Moratorium Call

Saudi Arabia Wednesday executed three of its citizens for murder and a Syrian convicted of drugs smuggling, a day after Amnesty International urged a moratorium on rising executions in the conservative kingdom.

The executions brought to 127 the number this year in Saudi Arabia, compared with 87 in 2014, according to AFP tallies compiled from interior ministry statements.

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IS Kills Two Policemen in Egypt's Sinai

Gunmen killed two Egyptian policemen Wednesday in the Sinai Peninsula, the interior ministry said, in an attack claimed by Islamic State group jihadists.

Egypt's security forces have come under regular attack since the military ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi two years ago.

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