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Pentagon: U.S. in Contact with Huthis in Yemen

U.S. officials are holding discussions with representatives of the Shiite militia in Yemen who have forced the resignation of the country's president, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday.

But the discussions with the Huthi militiamen do not amount to an agreement to share intelligence on al-Qaida in Yemen, Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters.

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U.S.: Scores of Foreign Fighters Among Kobane Dead

Large numbers of foreign fighters are among the jihadists killed in the battle for the Syrian town of Kobane, a senior U.S. official said Tuesday, saying the concerted campaign was halting the militants' march.

The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) announced the "liberation" of Kobane on Monday, depriving the Islamic State group (IS) of a strategic prize to add to its territory in Syria and Iraq.

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Second Round of Libya Talks end on 'Positive' note: U.N.

A second round of peace talks between Libya's warring factions ended in Geneva on Tuesday in a "positive atmosphere," the U.N. said, as IS militants staged a deadly attack on a Tripoli hotel.

Participants at the two-day U.N.-brokered talks included a range of groups and representatives of civil society, who stressed the need to fast-track dialogue on forming a unity government.

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Iran Warns of 'Consequences' for Israeli Attack

Iran has told the United States that Israel should expect consequences for an attack on the Syrian-controlled Golan Heights that killed an Iranian general, a senior official said Tuesday.

Revolutionary Guards General Mohammad Ali Allahdadi died alongside six fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah group in the January 18 attack on forces supporting President Bashar Assad in Syria's civil war.

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Huthis Free Top Presidential Aide

Shiite militiamen freed Tuesday a top aide to Yemen's president, whose kidnapping deepened the country's crippling political crisis, said a person who helped mediate the release.

President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi's chief of staff Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak was handed over to a committee of mediators, 10 days after he was abducted, Hussam al-Shargabi told AFP.

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14 Candidates to Run Against Bashir in Sudan Election

Fourteen candidates have registered to run against Sudan's Omar al-Bashir in a presidential vote in April, the country's electoral commission said on Tuesday.

"The electoral commission has received a total of 15 candidacies for the post of the president of the republic," commission head Mokhtar al-Assam told reporters.

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Palestinians Urged to Abolish Death Penalty

A rights group on Tuesday urged Palestinian authorities to abolish the death penalty, after two new sentences were handed down this month in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

The Gaza-based Palestinian Center for Human Rights called for "an immediate moratorium on the use of the death penalty as a form of punishment because it violates international human rights standards."

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Muslims First Victims of 'Terrorism' Says French FM

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius called Tuesday for international cooperation against extremism, saying Muslims have been the first victims of "terrorism".

"No one fights under the name of religion," Fabius told journalists in Kuwait, the first Muslim country he has visited since last month's deadly attack by Islamist gunmen on French magazine Charlie Hebdo.

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IS Threatens to Kill Japan, Jordan Hostages in 24 Hours

The Islamic State jihadist group threatened Tuesday to kill a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian pilot within 24 hours unless Amman frees a jailed female militant.

A video released on jihadist websites shows a picture of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto holding a photograph of Jordanian pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh.

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Gunmen Assault Luxury Libya's Tripoli Hotel, at Least Nine Dead

Gunmen stormed a hotel in Tripoli popular with diplomats and officials Tuesday in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group, killing at least nine people, including five foreigners, before blowing themselves up.

After setting off a car bomb outside the luxury Corinthia Hotel in Libya's capital, three militants rushed inside and opened fire, Issam al-Naass, a security services spokesman, told AFP.

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