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Tripoli under Militia Control as Libya Chaos Deepens

Libya's toothless outgoing government admitted Monday from its safe refuge in the east of the country that it has in effect lost control of Tripoli to armed militias.

The interim government led by Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani, which resigned last week, said armed groups, mostly Islamist militias, were in control of ministries and blocking access to government workers.

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13 Killed in Bomb Attacks on Iraq Forces in Ramadi

Two suicide bombers detonated explosives-rigged vehicles near positions of security forces in the city of Ramadi on Sunday, killing 13 people and wounding 17, Iraqi police and a doctor said.

One blast hit an under-construction building manned by Iraqi special forces in the city west of Baghdad, while the second struck a joint special forces-police checkpoint, the sources said.

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Major Power Outage Hits Tunisia

A major power outage hit the Tunisian capital briefly on Sunday and cut off electricity across the country after a technical breakdown, local media and residents said.

Electricity was cut for almost two hours in the capital, and power was being restored in stages around Tunisia, local residents said.

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Assad Swears in Government, Urges Reconstruction

Syria's embattled President Bashar Assad swore in his new government on Sunday, saying security and reconstruction would be top priorities and urging ministers to tackle corruption.

The new government, appointed earlier this week after Assad's June re-election, takes office as the death toll in the country's conflict since March 2011 soars past 191,000.

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37 Children Killed in String of Syria Attacks

At least 37 children have been killed in government air strikes and shelling across Syria in the last 36 hours, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said Sunday.

The Britain-based Observatory said 20 children had been killed between midnight on Saturday and Sunday afternoon, with 17 more killed between Friday and Saturday night.

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'Recruiter' for Syrian Jihad Arrested in France

A 22-year-old man suspected of acting as a recruiter for jihadist groups in Syria has been arrested at an airport in the south of France, the interior ministry said Sunday.

The man, who is said to be of Chechen origin, was stopped at the Nice airport on Saturday and taken into custody.

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Libya Islamist Militia Says in Control of U.S. Embassy Compound

An Islamist-allied militia group said Sunday it has "secured" a U.S. Embassy compound in Libya's capital, more than a month after American personnel evacuated from the country over ongoing fighting.

An Associated Press journalist walked through the compound Sunday after the Fajr Libya, an umbrella group for Islamist militias, invited onlookers inside.

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Bahrain Upholds 10 Year Jail Term for Journalist

A Bahraini appeals court on Sunday upheld a controversial 10-year-jail term against a photojournalist convicted over his presence at a 2012 attack on a police station.

Human rights watchdogs say Ahmed Humaidan was merely covering the Arab Spring-inspired pro-democracy protests that erupted among the Shiite majority in the Sunni minority-ruled Gulf kingdom in early 2011.

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11 Yemen Soldiers Killed in Suspected Qaida Attacks

Suspected al-Qaida militants killed 11 Yemeni soldiers in three separate attacks Sunday, including suicide car bombings, in a second day of deadly operations against the military, army sources said.

Three soldiers were killed when a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden bus into an army post in the southern Shabwa province town of Maifaa, one source told Agence France-Presse.

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Israel Says Shot Down Drone from Syria over Occupied Golan

Israel downed a drone over the occupied Golan Heights on Sunday, the army said, amid mounting tension on the U.N.-patrolled armistice line with Syria on the strategic plateau.

Air defenses "successfully intercepted an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that breached Israel airspace above the border with Syria," an Israeli army statement said.

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