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U.N. Blacklists Tanker Carrying Libyan Oil

An Indian-flagged oil tanker on Wednesday was added to a U.N. sanctions blacklist for illegally carrying crude from Libya.

The Distya Ameya vessel was headed for Malta after leaving on Monday from eastern Libya, where rival authorities were behind the sale of the crude.

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U.N. Envoy: Syria Ceasefire should be 'Revitalized' before Peace Talks Resume

The U.N.'s Syria envoy said Thursday he planned to hold another round of peace talks next month, but called for a stuttering ceasefire to be "revitalized" before setting a date, as at least 20 civilians were killed in second city Aleppo.

Staffan de Mistura made the comments after briefing the United Nations Security Council on the talks, which he said had made gains despite escalating violence on the ground that continues to threaten the fragile truce.

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Egypt Policeman Referred to Court for 'Killing Man over Tea'

An Egyptian policeman who shot dead a vendor over the price of a cup of tea will stand trial, a prosecution official said, amid growing outrage at police abuses.

The prosecution has referred Zeinhom Abdel-Razzek to a criminal court on charges of murder and attempted murder, the official said.

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Aid Enters Besieged Central Syria Town, Says Red Cross

An aid convoy for besieged civilians entered a rebel-held town in central Syria on Wednesday for the first time in a year, the Red Cross said.

In the third such aid operation in Homs province this week, the Red Crescent and International Committee of the Red Cross was delivering food parcels to 12,000 families in and around Talbisseh, ICRC spokesman Pawel Krzysiek said.

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Kidnapped Serbian Worker in Libya Released

A Serbian employee of a German company who was kidnapped at the weekend in a remote part of Libya was released Wednesday, the foreign ministry in Belgrade said.

"Miroslav Tomic, 46, employed by German firm Ferrostaal and kidnapped on Sunday afternoon... was freed today," a ministry statement said citing the Serbian embassy in Tripoli, without giving details about the kidnappers.

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Three Egypt Policemen Killed in Sinai Bombing

A roadside bomb in the North Sinai town of El-Arish killed three Egyptian police conscripts on Wednesday, the interior ministry said.

Jihadists have waged an insurgency in the restive peninsula that has killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers since the army toppled Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

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27 Yemeni Soldiers Killed in Mukalla Offensive

At least 27 Yemeni soldiers were killed in a government offensive, backed by Saudi-led forces, which drove Al-Qaida militants out of a key southeastern city, military officials and medics said Wednesday.

Life, meanwhile, was returning to normal in the port city, residents said.

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Syria Kurds Retrieve Body of Russian Officer from IS

Syrian Kurdish forces have retrieved the remains of a Russian special forces officer from the Islamic State jihadist group, a source on the ground told AFP on Wednesday.

"The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) managed to retrieve the body of a Russian soldier killed during the battle for Palmyra that was in the hands of IS," the source said, without saying how.

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Russia Asks U.N. to List Key Syrian Rebel Group as 'Terrorist'

Russia has asked the United Nations to blacklist a major rebel group that is playing a key role in peace talks to end the Syrian civil war, its ambassador to the UN said.

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IS Advances against Rebels in North Syria

A network of activists monitoring the Syria conflict says militants from the Islamic State group have seized five villages from Syrian rebels close to the Turkish border.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Wednesday the extremist group took five villages in Azaz district, where rebels hold an enclave host to tens of thousands of internally displaced civilians.

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