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Egypt Court Postpones Verdict on Qaida Chief's Brother

An Egyptian court postponed its verdict expected on Saturday in the trial of Al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahiri's brother and 66 others accused of forming a "terrorist group" to carry out attacks.

State news agency MENA said the court in Cairo would announce its verdict on August 10 to allow for "further deliberations".

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Qaida-Led Court Executes 10 in Syria's Aleppo

At least 10 people were executed on Saturday in Syria's Aleppo city on the orders of a religious court dominated by al-Qaida affiliate Al-Nusra Front, a monitor said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said two of the executed were accused of adultery, with the rest accused of collaboration with the Syrian government.

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U.N. Says at Least 1,332 Iraqis Killed by Violence in July

The United Nations says at least 1,332 Iraqis were killed by violence in July amid the war against the Islamic State group, a slight drop from June.

The U.N. mission to Iraq said Saturday that at least 844 civilians were among the dead, while 488 members of Iraqi security forces and pro-government militias fighting the Islamic State group were killed. It put the number of the wounded at 2,108. Baghdad was the worst affected province with 335 people killed.

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Slain Palestinian Toddler's Parents, Brother Fighting for Lives

The parents and brother of a Palestinian toddler burned to death by suspected Jewish extremists were fighting for their lives on Saturday, as protests over the arson attack entered a second day.

The firebombing of the family's home in the occupied West Bank, which killed 18-month-old Ali Saad Dawabsha, sparked an international outcry over Israel's failure to get to grips with violence by hardline Jewish settlers.

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Angry Protests over Poor Services Spread across Iraq

Hundreds of Iraqis demonstrated Saturday over the poor quality of water in the southern city of Basra, as protests demanding better services from the government spread across the country.

Around 500 people, waving banners and Iraqi flags, protested in front of the governor's office to demand a solution to the long-running problem of salty tap water.

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Exiled Yemen PM, Officials Return to Aden to Lead Restoration

Yemeni Prime Minister Khaled Bahah flew into the devastated port of Aden from Saudi exile Saturday, two weeks after loyalist forces ousted Shiite rebels from the city, an airport source said.

He was followed by several more officials, whose task will be to restore normality and public services to a city battered by four months of ferocious combat.

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Syrian Observatory: Syria Army Pushes Back Rebels near Regime Heartland

Nearly 40 government and opposition fighters have been killed as Syrian regime forces pushed rebels back from an area bordering President Bashar Assad's heartland, a monitor said Saturday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 20 regime forces and 19 rebels from the Army of Conquest alliance had been killed in 24 hours of clashes in Hama province's Sahl al-Ghab region.

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Palestinian Teen Killed in Clash with Israel Army

A Palestinian teen shot during clashes with the Israeli army in the West Bank died of his wounds early Saturday, Palestinian medical and security sources said.

The sources said 14-year-old Laith Khaldi of the Jalazon refugee camp was shot in the chest during clashes with Israeli forces near the Atara checkpoint on Friday evening and died hours later in hospital.

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Kerry Sets off on Mideast Trip to Egypt, Doha

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry departed late Friday to Egypt for cooperation talks and to Qatar, where he hopes to ease Gulf countries' concerns about the Iran nuclear deal.

The trip, which ends August 8, will not include a stop in Israel, one of Washington's closest allies and a fierce critic of the newly-hatched Iran nuclear agreement.

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Al-Nusra Front Claims Capture of U.S.-backed Rebels

Al-Qaida's Syria affiliate launched a fierce assault on the headquarters of a U.S.-trained rebel group Friday, while claiming responsibility for capturing members of the "moderate" force earlier this week. 

Al-Nusra Front unleashed its offensive on the base of the Division 30 unit in northern Aleppo province, a monitor said, sparking clashes and air raids by a U.S.-led coalition that killed at least 18 of the jihadists.

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