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Ex-Israeli Premier Olmert Sentenced to 8 Months in Prison

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced Monday to eight months in prison for unlawfully accepting money from a U.S. supporter, capping the dramatic downfall of a man who only years earlier led the country and hoped to bring about a historic peace agreement with the Palestinians.

Olmert was convicted in March in a retrial in Jerusalem District Court. The sentencing comes in addition to a six-year prison sentence he received last year in a separate bribery conviction, ensuring the end of the former premier's political career.

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Greece to Question Syrian over Turkey-bound Bullet Haul

Greek investigators were to question Monday a Syrian caught trying to sneak tens of thousands of bullets into Turkey, a police source said. 

The 28-year-old man was detained over the weekend at the Kipi customs post in Evros, the northernmost part of Greece, after police foud parcels of bullets concealed in special caches in his car. 

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Fierce Fighting in Yemen as Peace Hopes Fade

Rebel forces and loyalist fighters were locked in fierce fighting in Yemen on Monday as hopes of a political solution faded after the United Nations postponed peace talks.

Clashes raged in the country's third city Taez, sowing panic after Shiite Huthi rebels bombarded several districts with rocket and tank fire.

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Monitor: IS Executes 217 in, Near Syria's Palmyra in 9 Days

The Islamic State group has executed at least 217 people, including civilians, in and around the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra in the last nine days, a monitor said Sunday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it had documented the executions of 67 civilians, including children, and 150 members of regime forces by IS jihadists in different parts of Homs province since May 16.

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Egypt Jails Policeman for Sexual Assault on Mentally Ill Girl

An Egyptian court on Sunday sentenced to life in jail a policeman for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old mentally handicapped girl at a Cairo police station, a judicial official said.

The incident occurred in August 2014 at the capital's Imbaba police station where the girl had been detained for reasons that have not been made clear.

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IS Executes 16 Traders on Iraqi Road

The Islamic State group has executed 16 Iraqi traders taking food from the city of Baiji to the government-controlled western city of Haditha, officials said Sunday.

"Daesh executed 16 Haditha traders last night," the mayor of the city, Abdelhakim al-Jughaifi, told AFP by phone.

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Blast in Downtown Damascus Kills Army General

A Syrian brigadier-general was killed in a blast that targeted his car in downtown Damascus on Sunday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.

The Britain-based group said "a brigadier general and approximately six people with him were killed in an explosion in the Adawi neighborhood in the center of the capital."

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Report: Libya Pro-Government Air Raid Hits Oil Tanker

Forces loyal to Libya's internationally recognized government carried out an air strike Sunday on an oil tanker delivering its cargo to a power plant run by the rival administration, a report said.

The General Electricity Company denounced as "sabotage" the attack at the plant near Sirte, in central Libya, saying it was likely to cause disruptions to power supplies across the country due to a lack of fuel.

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GCC Denies Air Campaign against IS Has Failed

The Gulf Cooperation Council on Sunday rejected claims a U.S.-led coalition air campaign against the Islamic State group has failed following advances by jihadists in Syria and Iraq.

Speaking in Doha, after a meeting between foreign ministers of the GCC and European Union, Khalid al-Attiyah, Qatar's foreign minister, conceded that military action alone was not enough.

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Pentagon Chief Says Iraqi Army 'Showed No Will to Fight' in Ramadi

Pentagon chief Ashton Carter said Sunday that Iraqi forces "failed to fight" in Ramadi, which has fallen to Islamic State militants, adding the troops lacked the will to defend themselves.

IS jihadists took control of the strategic city, the capital of Anbar province, a week ago, in Baghdad's worst defeat in almost a year. 

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