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Netanyahu Says Israel Agreed Gaza Truce to Focus on Jihadist Threat, Hizbullah

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel agreed to a permanent truce in its 50-day Gaza war with Hamas in order to keep focused on the threat from regional militants.

"We fought for 50 days and we could have fought for 500 days, but we are in a situation where the Islamic State is at the gates of Jordan, al-Qaida is in the Golan and Hizbullah is at the border with Lebanon," Netanyahu said in an address on public television.

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Tunisia Recovers 28 Bodies from Sea near Libya

Tunisian rescuers have recovered the bodies of at least 28 people from the sea near Libya's maritime border since Friday and more are expected, local officials said.

The victims were found in an area that has seen many boatloads of illegal migrants capsize.

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32 Filipino Peacekeepers Evacuated in Golan, Other under Attack

Thirty-two Filipino United Nations peacekeepers have been evacuated after being caught up in heavy fighting on the Golan Heights while others remain under fire, the U.N. confirmed Saturday.

The group was part of a 72-member contingent situated in two different locations in the area.

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Fate of U.N. Peacekeepers in Syrian Golan Unclear

U.N. peacekeepers caught up in heavy fighting on the Golan Heights were evacuated Saturday as the fate of 44 colleagues captured by Syrian rebels remained uncertain.

An Agence France Presse photographer heard intense small arms and missile fire in the buffer zone separating the Israeli-occupied part of the strategic plateau and the Syrian part, where soldiers with the U.N. Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) are being held.

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Iraq Gets Russian Mi-28 Attack Helicopters

Iraq has received Russian Mi-28 attack helicopters and will use them against militants who have overrun large parts of the country, the defense ministry said on Saturday.

A ministry statement did not specify how many of the heavily armored two-seat gunships it has received or what it paid for them.

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Number of Yazidi Refugees in Turkey Swells to 16,000

The number of refugees from Iraq's Yazidi religious minority who have fled to Turkey from the advance of jihadists has risen to 16,000 and may rise further, a top provincial official was quoted as saying Saturday.

The number marks a sharp rise from the figures of several thousand previously given and shows Turkey is dealing with another major influx of refugees as it gives sanctuary to some 1.2 million fleeing the Syria conflict.

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One Dead as Migrants, Residents Clash in Morocco

A clash between sub-Saharan migrants and residents of a Tangiers neighborhood in northern Morocco left a Senegalese man dead, the prefecture and an NGO said on Saturday.

A "disagreement" late on Friday between residents and "would-be clandestine migrants" involving the throwing of stones led to one man being killed and 14 injured, the city prefecture said, without identifying the victim.

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Iraq Launches Drive to Break Jihadist Siege of Amerli

Iraq launched a major operation on Saturday to liberate a jihadist-besieged town, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called for a global coalition to combat the "genocidal" militants.

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah warned that the West would be the next IS target unless swift action is taken, after Britain raised its terror alert level over the threat of jihadist attacks.

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Two Algerian Diplomats Free after Two Years' Captivity in Mali

Two Algerian diplomats kidnapped in Mali in April 2012 by the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) were freed on Saturday, the Algerian foreign ministry announced.

A third diplomat, consul Boualem Sayes, had died in captivity "from a chronic illness", the ministry said.

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Palestinian Authority to Pay Hamas Staff 'As Soon As Possible'

The Palestinian Authority will pay its employees' August salaries on time and Hamas civil servants in Gaza "as soon as possible", a spokesman for the unity government said Saturday.

On Tuesday, Hamas and Israel agreed an Egypt-mediated ceasefire to end a deadly 50-day war with Israel in Gaza that killed more than 2,100 Palestinians.

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