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Libyan Rebels Attack Pro-Gadhafi Tripoli Hideout‎

Hardened fighters streamed Thursday into Tripoli as Libya's rebels sought to deliver a knockout punch to Moammar Gadhafi's diehards and, backed by NATO, to flush out the elusive strongman.

Hundreds of rebel fighters on Thursday launched an attack on a Tripoli hideout of forces and snipers loyal to Gadhafi, an AFP TV reporter said.

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Qatar Emir to Meet Ahmadinejad in Tehran

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani is expected Thursday night in Tehran for talks with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, an official told Agence France Presse, without providing further details.

It marks the first visit to Tehran by one of the leaders of Gulf monarchies following the political crisis in the tiny kingdom of Bahrain.

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Migration Body Says Evacuation Boat Docked in Tripoli

A ship chartered to evacuate foreigners from Tripoli docked at the Libyan capital this morning, the International Organization for Migration told Agence France Presse Thursday.

"We are optimistic the boat will be able to depart this afternoon for Benghazi," IOM spokeswoman Jemini Pandya said.

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French, British Operatives Working Alongside Libya Rebels

French and British operatives have been working with Libyan rebels on their eastern front, where the insurgents scored strategic blows against Moammar Gadhafi's forces, an Agence France Presse journalist discovered on Thursday.

The operatives are installed at the rebel command for the eastern front, at the dysfunctional oil refinery in Zuwaytina, about 150 kilometers (93 miles) southwest of the opposition capital Benghazi.

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SANA: ‘Terrorists’ Killed 8 Syrian Soldiers in Attacks

Eight Syrian soldiers, including an army officer, have been killed in separate attacks in the country's central province of Homs, the official SANA news agency reported Thursday.

"In an ambush Wednesday afternoon at (the town of) Talbisa, terrorists fired on a military bus killing one officer and two soldiers and wounding seven others," said a military official quoted by the agency.

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Report: Cheney Urged Bush to Bomb Suspected Syria Nuke Site

Dick Cheney said he urged then-president George Bush in June 2007 to bomb a suspected nuclear reactor site in Syria, the former vice president wrote in his memoirs, the New York Times reported Thursday.

"I again made the case for U.S. military action against the reactor," Cheney wrote about a meeting on the issue according to the newspaper, which received an advance copy of the book.

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Israel Warns Islamic Jihad over Rockets, 6 Gazans Killed in 24 Hours

Israel will keep hitting Islamic Jihad if it continues its "terrorist activities" against Israeli targets, a minister warned on Thursday after air strikes on Gaza killed two of its militants.

"We will continue to hit those who hit us. Islamic Jihad, which has an itchy trigger finger, is starting to pay the price," Home Front Defense Minister Matan Vilnai told army radio as a days-old truce appeared to be unraveling.

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Woman Killed, Political Cartoonist Beaten in Syria Unrest

Security forces shot dead a woman and beat up Syria's best-known political cartoonist on Thursday, a day after violence in which 11 civilians and eight soldiers were killed, activists said.

The woman was shot dead during a military operation in a village near the eastern oil hub of Deir al-Zour, 460 kilometers northeast of Damascus, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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Sarkozy Rules Out Military Intervention in Syria

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Wednesday the Syrian people "have the right to democracy too" following a meeting with a leader of the Libyan rebel movement that toppled Moammar Gadhafi's regime.

"Syrians have the right to democracy too, and they are not condemned to being suppressed by a regime that does not understand we are living in a new century," Sarkozy said, while nevertheless ruling out military intervention.

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Rebels Stuck at Bin Jawad on Way to Gadhafi Hometown Sirte

Libyan rebels advancing towards Sirte, the hometown of Moammar Gadhafi, were blocked Wednesday in the town of Bin Jawad as loyalists kept a stiff resistance, an insurgent commander said.

After taking Ras Lanuf, 150 kilometers west of Sirte, the rebels had advanced up to Bin Jawad, but were stuck there as they came under heavy artillery, rebel commander Fawzi Bukatif told Agence France Presse.

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