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In Jerusalem, Common Fear Grips Israelis and Palestinians

It's a sunny morning in Jerusalem, the cafes are full and the shops are bustling, as if this week's attack on a synagogue, the deadliest in years, had changed nothing of the city's daily routine. And yet.

Israelis and Palestinians in the Holy City have been accustomed to living with the threat of violence for decades, but recent weeks have seen fears rise to new levels, with random, deadly assaults targeting ordinary citizens in broad daylight.

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U.N. Prosecutor Mulls War Crimes Charges against Jihadists

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said she was weighing bringing war crimes charges against Islamic State jihadist fighters, in an interview published Thursday.

Fatou Bensouda told the German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung that such steps would be possible for extremists whose home countries have signed on to the ICC's treaty.

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IS Has 'Impaled' itself on Kobane, Says Top U.S. Envoy

The Islamic State (IS) group of jihadists has "impaled itself" on Kobane by pouring fighters into the strategic Syrian town so they can be bombed by the U.S.-led coalition, a senior U.S. envoy said Thursday.

Retired General John Allen, coordinator of the coalition against IS in Iraq and Syria, told Turkey's Milliyet newspaper an estimated 600 IS fighters had already been killed in air strikes and the group would ultimately be defeated in the battle for the town.

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Turkish PM Visits Iraq as Ties Thaw

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met his Iraqi counterpart Haidar al-Abadi in Baghdad Thursday, as long-strained ties between the two countries improve.

Davutoglu was given an official welcome at the main palace in the heavily fortified Green Zone, after which he held talks with Abadi, the Iraqi premier's office said, without providing further details.

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Turkey Response to Syria Refugee Crisis Showing Strains, Says Amnesty

Turkey's widely-admired response to the refugee crisis sparked by the war in neighboring Syria is now showing its limitations, with hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees living in destitution and others being denied entry, Amnesty International warned Thursday.

Turkey has taken in 1.6 million Syrian refugees since the Syrian conflict began in 2011 but only 220,000 of these are living in refugee camps -- which are now operating at full capacity -- and the rest are fending for themselves, Amnesty said.

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5 Police Wounded in Cairo Blast

A bomb wounded five policemen near a Cairo university Thursday, and four people were hurt in a panicked crush after an explosion at a train station in the Egyptian capital, security officials said.

Egypt has been hit by a wave of bombings and shootings since the military ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

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U.N. Security Council Condemns Jerusalem 'Terrorist Attack'

The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday strongly condemned the "despicable terrorist attack" on a Jerusalem synagogue that left five dead and called on Israeli and Palestinian leaders to restore calm.

Four rabbis and a policeman were killed Tuesday after two Palestinians wielding meat cleavers and a pistol launched a rare assault on a place of worship in West Jerusalem.

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Kerry in Talks with Oman over Iran Nuclear Issue

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met his Omani counterpart Youssef ben Alaoui in London on Wednesday, who is acting as an intermediary in crunch nuclear talks with Iran.

Kerry prolonged his stay in the British capital, where he has been since Monday, and will head to Paris Thursday before flying onto Vienna, where Tehran and six world powers are locked in a final round of negotiations.

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U.N. Security Council Adds Libya Islamists to Terror List

The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday added to its terror list a Libyan Islamist group accused of involvement in the 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi that killed the ambassador and three other Americans.

The council blacklisted Ansar al-Sharia for its ties to al-Qaida, slapping an arms embargo, assets freeze and global travel ban on the extremists at the request of Britain, France and the United States.

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Biden, Morocco King Focus on Non-Military Aspects of Terror War

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Moroccan King Mohammed VI discussed Wednesday their countries' strategic alliance and efforts to achieve peace and security in Africa and the Middle East, Biden's office said.

The vice president arrived in Morocco earlier Wednesday for bilateral talks and to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit being held in Marrakesh.

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