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Kerry Says U.S. Concerned by Chlorine Gas Attacks in Syria

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reaffirmed U.S. concern Sunday over the use of chlorine gas against civilians in Syria and warned President Bashar Assad's regime that it would be held to account.

Kerry pointed to a report by the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons that concluded with "a high degree of confidence" that chlorine has been used systematically and repeatedly as a weapon in northern Syria.

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Egypt Court Suspends Top Activist's Jail Sentence

An Egyptian court Sunday suspended the jail sentence of prominent activist Mahienour el-Massry convicted for taking part in an illegal protest, paving the way for her release, her lawyer said.

An appeals court in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria in July had already cut Massry's initial two-year term to six months and a fine of 50,000 Egyptian pounds (about $7,000).

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U.S. Expects Not to Go 'Alone' in Syria Air Strikes

U.S. Ambassador Samatha Power predicted Sunday that the United States would not be alone if it launches air strikes against Islamic State jihadists in Syria, although she said no decisions have been reached yet.

The U.S. envoy to the United Nations' comments came as the United States puts together an international coalition to fight the IS group, which has seized large areas of Syria and Iraq in a bloody drive that has included beheadings of western hostages.

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Jordan Arrests 11 Alleged IS Members over 'Terror Plan'

Jordan has arrested 11 members of the Islamic State (IS) group who it said confessed to planning "terrorist operations" in the kingdom, a security official said on Sunday.

IS jihadists have seized swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, both of which border Jordan, declaring a "caliphate" and imposing a brutal interpretation of Islamic law.

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Yemen Peace Deal Signed after Huthis Seize Govt. HQ and PM Quits

Rival groups in Yemen signed a U.N.-brokered peace deal on Sunday after Shiite rebels seized the government headquarters and the prime minister resigned after raging violence in the capital.

"A national peace and partnership agreement based on the outcomes of the national dialogue conference was signed this evening at the presidential palace" in Sanaa, state news agency Saba reported.

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Israel Launches Cyber Defense Authority

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched a National Authority for Cyber Defense on Sunday to oversee the protection of both military and civilian systems.

The announcement comes after Netanyahu accused regional foe Iran of launching repeated cyber attacks on Israel, particularly during its 50-day conflict with Hamas in July and August.

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Iran Judiciary Calls for Ban on Messaging Applications

Iran's judiciary has issued a one-month ultimatum for the government to ban applications WhatsApp, Viber and Tango, in a move that could boost existing restrictions on Internet use in the country.

Iran has a policy of filtering online content, which leaves popular websites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube inaccessible without the use of illegal software.

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Syria Says All Chemical Weapons Handed Over

Syria's government said Sunday it has turned over all its chemical weapons and adhered to an international treaty, after U.S. accusations that it had carried out several chlorine gas attacks.

"Syria has fulfilled its obligations by adhering to the Chemical Weapons Convention," the foreign ministry said in a statement published by state media.

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Egypt Military Aircraft Crash Kills Six

An Egyptian military aircraft crashed while on a training mission on Sunday after a technical failure, killing six soldiers, the army said.

The aircraft crashed in an area about 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of Cairo, an army statement said.

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Iraqi Forces Battle Militants near Fallujah

Iraqi government forces launched an operation Sunday to rescue an army battalion which has come under repeated attack by militants near the western city of Fallujah, military sources said.

The assault involving army, police, counter-terrorism units and Shiite volunteers is aimed at pushing back Sunni militants who have been besieging an army base for more than a week.

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