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Yemen Says Kidnapped French Aid Workers 'Located' and 'Alive'

Three French aid workers kidnapped in southeastern Yemen a month ago have been "located" and are "alive," the deputy information minister told reporters on Tuesday.

"Security services have managed to locate the French. They are alive," Abdo al-Janadi said.

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Israel Arrests 4 Hamas MPs in Northern West Bank

Israeli troops on Tuesday arrested four Hamas MPs in the northern West Bank, Palestinian security sources and officials from the Islamist group said.

Three of them were arrested in the early hours in the northern city of Nablus, while a fourth was picked up in Salfit, a town some 15 kilometers further south, they said.

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Saleh to Speak on TV to 'Reassure' Yemenis

President Ali Abdullah Saleh is to speak on television within days to reassure Yemenis on his health, three weeks after being hospitalized in Riyadh with bomb blast wounds, a senior official said on Tuesday.

A United Nations mission, meanwhile, started a 10-day visit to examine the human rights situation in Yemen after five months of street protests against Saleh and deadly clashes with security forces.

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Iran Fires Medium-range Missile in War Game

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards fired 14 missiles in an exercise Tuesday, one of them a medium-range weapon capable of striking Israel or U.S. targets in the Gulf, state media said.

The Guards' aerospace commander, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, insisted Iran's missile program posed no threat to European nations but was merely intended to provide defense against Israel and U.S. forces in the Gulf.

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6 Jailed in UAE over Arms Smuggling to Yemen

An Emirati court has sentenced six people to between three and five years in jail for trying to smuggle weapons from Turkey to Yemen in an operation foiled by Dubai police, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.

"Six men were sentenced to prison for their roles in trying to ship 16,000 pistols through Dubai into Yemen," said The National.

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Lieberman: Flotilla Smaller Due to Israeli Pressure

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday that Israel's diplomatic and political efforts to curb the size of a new Gaza-bound aid flotilla had been successful.

Speaking to public radio by telephone from Zagreb where he is on a visit, Lieberman said it was thanks to Israeli efforts that there were only 10 ships planning to set sail from Greece later this week.

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Dissidents Meet in Damascus, Vow 'Peaceful Uprising' for Democracy

Syrian dissidents meeting in Damascus on Monday pledged to press ahead with a "peaceful uprising for freedom" until the creation of a "democratic state."

"There are two ways forward -- the first a clear and non-negotiable move to a peaceful transition to democracy which would rescue our country and our people," opposition activist Munzer Khaddam told the meeting.

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U.S. Says Damascus Opposition Meeting 'Significant'

The United States termed as "significant" a Syrian opposition meeting in Damascus where around 160 activists called for democracy and a peaceful end to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

"This is a significant event," U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters.

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Bahrain: National Dialogue to Begin Saturday

Bahrain on Monday announced a high-ranging "national dialogue" opening on July 2, although the largest Shiite opposition bloc said it has not yet decided whether to take part.

"The National Dialogue chairmanship has received views and recommendations" on parliament, the cabinet, electoral districts, citizenship, corruption and sectarian issues, the government said in an English-language statement.

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Syrian Regime Invites Opposition for July 10 Talks

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime has called members of the opposition and intellectuals for July 10 talks on the wave of protest sweeping the country, the official SANA news agency reported Monday.

"The mechanism put in place recently for the national dialogue will invite the authorities, intellectuals and political personalities to a July 10 meeting to debate in particular amendments to the Constitution, especially Clause 8," it said.

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