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Report: Iran to Send Aid to Gaza via Egypt

Iran plans to send aid to the beleaguered Gaza Strip after Egypt said it would allow the shipment to enter the Palestinian territory, an Iranian diplomatic source said on Friday.

The official IRNA news agency said Cairo had agreed to transfer humanitarian aid bound for the coastal enclave, citing a foreign ministry source in Tehran.

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170 Migrants Feared Lost at Sea Off Libya

A Libyan coastguard official said on Friday a boat carrying 170 illegal migrants from sub-Saharan Africa was feared lost at sea off the capital Tripoli.

"We are looking for 170 African passengers on a wooden boat that has foundered off the Guarakouzi area" some 60 kilometers (35 miles) east of Tripoli, coastguard official Abdellatif Mohammed Ibrahim told Agence France-Presse.

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U.S. Sanctions on Saudi, Kuwaiti over Ties to Nusra, Qaida

The United States imposed sanctions Friday on two Islamic extremists it accuses of ties to al-Qaida and the al-Nusra Front, alleging they financed and acted on behalf of the terror groups.

Under a designation issued by the U.S. Treasury, any assets the men -- Saudi and Kuwaiti nationals -- hold under U.S. jurisdiction are frozen and Americans are "generally prohibited from doing business with them."

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Hungary Sends Ammunition to Iraqi Security Forces

Hungary will send ammunition to Iraq to help the war-torn country's armed forces in their fight against "terrorism," the EU country's Ministry of Defense said in a statement late Thursday. 

The ammunition includes several million cartridges, thousand of mines and several thousand armor-piercing shells. 

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Fleeing Iraqi Christians Reveal Horror of Islamic State

From the rescue plane which took them on a one-way journey to France, two Iraqi refugees revealed tales of rape and fear at the hands of Islamic State that forced them to flee their homeland with nothing.

Rene, who did not want to give his last name, said the Islamic extremists currently rampaging through Syria and Iraq were as terrifying as they were sophisticated in their communication methods.

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Britain Says Will Not Work with Assad to Combat IS

Britain will not work with Syrian President Bashar Assad to combat Islamic State (IS) fighters in the country and his permission would not be needed for any military intervention, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Friday.

Hammond also said Britain had no plans to arm moderate fighters in Syria's civil war, and insisted that Western troops on the ground in Iraq would only make the situation worse.

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Germany 'Regrets' Minister's Claim on Qatar IS Funding

Germany said Friday it regretted any offense caused to Qatar after a cabinet minister linked the Arab state to financing of jihadist militants in Syria and Iraq.

"We regret if there have been any misunderstandings" a foreign ministry spokesman said after the comments by Development Aid Minister Gerd Mueller to a German public broadcaster.

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Saudi Police Arrest 400 Illegal Migrants

Police in Saudi Arabia have arrested at least 400 mostly African illegal migrants south of the capital Riyadh, local media reported on Friday.

The authorities have been cracking down on illegal migrants since the expiration in November of a seven-month amnesty during which they had to regularize their status or leave the kingdom.

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Shiite Militiamen Kill 70 at Iraq Sunni Mosque

Shiite militiamen gunned down 70 people in an apparent revenge attack at an Iraqi Sunni mosque Friday, dealing a blow to government efforts to regain territory seized by jihadist-led militants.

The shooting in the Hamreen area of Diyala province will increase already significant anger among Iraq's Sunni Arab minority with the Shiite-led government, undermining an anti-militant drive that ultimately requires Sunni cooperation to succeed.

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700,000 Iraqis Displaced in Kurdish North

About 700,000 Iraqis have gathered in the Kurdish north after being driven from their homes by jihadist fighters, the United Nations said Friday as it stepped up a massive aid operation to the region.

"The Kurdistan region of Iraq is now hosting close to 700,000 displaced Iraqis, most having arrived in early June," Adrian Edwards, spokesman for the U.N.'s refugee agency, told reporters in Geneva.

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