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PLO's Erekat Blames Netanyahu for Unrest ahead of U.S. Talks

Palestine Liberation Organization senior official Saeb Erekat on Monday blamed Israel's prime minister for nearly two months of deadly unrest, on the eve of key talks with the top U.S. diplomat.

Erekat, who has served as the Palestinians' chief negotiator, also stressed in an interview with AFP that he did not condone killings, but declined to outright condemn a wave of Palestinian attacks targeting Israelis.

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Global Watchdog Slams Ongoing Chemical Arms Use in Syria

The Hague-based chemical weapons watchdog Monday voiced "grave concern" at the continued use of toxic arms in Syria, calling for those behind such attacks to be held accountable.

A special meeting of the U.N.-backed Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) met to discuss the findings of three reports after investigations in Syria.

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U.S. Warplanes Destroy 283 Fuel Trucks in Syria

U.S. warplanes have destroyed 283 fuel tankers that were being used to transport oil to help fund the Islamic State group in eastern Syria, officials said Monday. 

The huge air raid is another milestone as the U.S.-led coalition intensifies its campaign against the jihadists and focuses on their oil-smuggling infrastructure, estimated to net the group some $500 million a year.

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Tunisia's Marzouki Target of 'Assassination' Plot

Tunisia's ex-president Moncef Marzouki was the target of an assassination plot, the interior ministry said Monday, with Marzouki supporters demanding better security for the former head of state.

Marzouki "was informed by the interior ministry that he had been targeted in an assassination plan," a ministry spokesman told AFP, without giving details.

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Cameron Ups Pressure on MPs for Syria Strikes Vote

David Cameron vowed Monday to make his case for Britain joining air strikes on Syria this week as he unveiled a new defense strategy stressing counter-terrorism and intelligence.

Cameron said he would make a statement in the House of Commons on Thursday as he steps up pressure for MPs to vote in favor of joining international action against Islamic State jihadists following the November 13 attacks in Paris, which killed 130 people.

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Syria Opposition Chief Urges al-Nusra to Break with al-Qaida

The head of the main political Syrian opposition body on Monday urged the extremist al-Nusra Front armed group to break with al-Qaida after a string of international terror attacks.

"Over the past month the world has been surprised by several terrorist attacks, in Turkey, Lebanon, France and most recently Mali," National Coalition chief Khaled Khoja said.

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Syrian Refugees to Canada to Fly in from Jordan

Canada's ambassador to Jordan confirmed on Monday that the desert kingdom will be the starting point for the journey of 25,000 Syrian refugees which the country will welcome from next month.

Citing a leaked document, Canadian media last week said the government was planning to fly in 900 Syrian refugees daily from Jordan to Montreal and Toronto, starting from December 1.

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Kuwaiti Jailed 4 Years over Saudi Insult Tweets

Kuwait's lower court on Monday sentenced an activist to four years in jail for posting comments on Twitter deemed offensive to neighboring Saudi Arabia.

The court convicted Hamed Buyabes, a Kuwaiti, of "insulting a brotherly country and endangering diplomatic ties with it" a year ago, the verdict said.

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UAE Blames Islamists for Delay against Rebels in Yemen Province

A key member of a Saudi-led Arab coalition has blamed Islamists for delays in its military operations to expel Shiite Huthi rebels from the key southwestern province of Taez.

The coalition on Monday intensified air strikes against the Iran-backed rebels in Taez as an Emirati minister blamed an influential Sunni Islamist party's for the delays.

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Israeli, 3 Palestinians Killed in Attacks ahead of Kerry Visit

An Israeli and three Palestinian attackers -- including a schoolgirl -- were killed in another day of violence Monday, on the eve of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's visit in a bid to ease the bloodshed.

In the earliest attack, the first in Jerusalem for nearly two weeks, two teenaged girls stabbed an elderly man before being shot, police said.

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