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U.N. Atomic Watchdog Meets on Syria, Iran over ‘Nuclear Activity’

The U.N. atomic watchdog opens a week-long meeting here Monday, with the United States and its western allies looking to pass a resolution against Syria over its alleged illicit nuclear activity.

The traditional June session of the International Atomic Energy Agency's 35-member board of governors has a heavy agenda, ranging from the upcoming two-year budget to the nuclear disaster in Japan.

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Parents of Shalit to File Suit in Paris

The parents of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, captured by Palestinian militants in Gaza in 2006, plan to file suit in a Paris court against his kidnapping and illegal confinement, his family told Agence France Presse.

The parents of Shalit, who has French citizenship, will file suit in Paris against his "kidnapping and illegal confinement", with the aggravating circumstances that he is "held hostage" and may have "suffered from acts of torture or of barbarism."

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NATO Hits Libyan Capital after Hague Meets Rebels

NATO pounded Tripoli on Sunday hours after Britain's top diplomat met rebel chiefs in Libya and Russia voiced concerns the alliance's military operation is sliding towards a land campaign.

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said it was only a matter of time before aides to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi abandon him.

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Saleh Undergoes Successful Surgery, Opposition Vows to Keep Him Out

Yemen's opposition vowed on Sunday to prevent the return of wounded President Ali Abdullah Saleh from a Saudi hospital, as tens of thousands of protesters celebrated despite doubts over who holds power in Sanaa.

"We will work with all our strength to prevent his return," parliamentary opposition spokesman Mohammed Qahtan told Agence France Presse. "We see this as the beginning of the end of this tyrannical and corrupt regime."

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Syrian Opposition in Europe Urges Pressure on Regime

Syrian opposition activists in Europe urged the international community Sunday to increase pressure on President Bashar al-Assad and called for an independent investigation into his regime's deadly crackdown.

The roughly 200 activists gathered in Brussels also said charges should be laid against those responsible for violations of human rights in the repression, and cases brought before the International Criminal Court.

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Rights Group: 38 Killed in 24 Hrs in Syria’s Jisr Shughour

Thirty-eight people, including six members of the Syrian security forces, were killed in 24 hours during clashes in the northwest town of Jisr Shughour, a Syrian rights activist said on Sunday.

"Thirty-eight people were killed in shootings in the region of Jisr Shughour, 10 yesterday and 28 today," Rami Abdul Rahman, head of the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told Agence France Presse.

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22 Dead, 350 Hurt as Israeli Troops Fire on Naksa Day Protesters in Golan

Israeli gunfire killed 22 people and wounded about 350 others on Sunday as demonstrators on the Syrian side tried to cross the ceasefire line on the annexed Golan Heights, Syria's state-run SANA news agency reported.

"The protesters, hundreds strong, were both Syrian and Palestinian," SANA said.

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Abbas Agrees to Peace Talks Based on 1967 Borders

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has told France he is ready to attend a Paris peace conference if Israel accepts talks based on the 1967 borders, an aide told AFP on Sunday.

Nimr Hammad, a political advisor to Abbas, said the president had told French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe that he agreed officially to France's proposal to host a peace conference in Paris before the end of July.

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Qaida Ambushes Kill 9 Soldiers in Yemen

Suspected Al-Qaida militants killed nine Yemeni soldiers in two separate ambush attacks on their convoys in the southern province of Abyan, a military official said on Sunday.

"A military reinforcement convoy coming from (the main southern city of) Aden was ambushed south of (the provincial capital) Zinjibar on Saturday killing six and wounding others," said the official.

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Thousands-strong Funerals for Syrian Protestors Killed Friday

Thousands-strong funeral processions filed out of mosques and past closed shops in the central Syrian city of Hama on Saturday, as mourners buried dozens of protesters shot dead by security forces a day before.

A Syrian human rights activist increased Friday's death toll among protesters to 63, up from an initial count of 48. Most of the dead were killed in Hama after troops opened fire on crowds.

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