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Israeli Far Right Hails Bill to Legalize Settler Homes

Israeli far-right politicians on Tuesday welcomed initial approval of a bill to legalize some 4,000 settler homes in the West Bank, calling it a step towards annexation of most of the Palestinian territory.

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Aleppo 'Twitter Girl' Safe after Family Flees Army Advance

A seven-year-old Syrian girl whose Twitter account from Aleppo gained international attention has fled her home amid heavy fighting, but she and her family are safe for now, her father told AFP Tuesday.

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Kerry to Try Again with Russia on Syria Talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday said he would try to get Syrian peace talks going again with Russia's help as government forces closed in on rebels in the besieged city of Aleppo.

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Regime Seizes Five New Rebel Districts in Syria's Aleppo

Syrian government troops seized five new districts of eastern Aleppo on Tuesday, including the strategic Shaar neighborhood, a monitoring group said.

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Egypt Says International Organs Trade Network Arrested

Egyptian authorities announced Tuesday the arrest of 25 members of an international network allegedly trafficking in human organs, including university professors and doctors.

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Syria Government Says no Aleppo Ceasefire without Rebel Exit

Syria's government on Tuesday said it would not agree to a ceasefire in Aleppo unless it guarantees a full withdrawal of rebel factions from the city. 

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Suspected IS Jihadists Arrested in Yemen's Aden

Yemeni authorities have arrested eight suspected Islamic State group jihadists implicated in a spate of attacks targeting security personnel in second city Aden this year, police said.

Police in the southern port city, headquarters of Yemen's internationally recognised government, also seized silenced pistols and letters from IS leaders in Iraq and Syria, a statement said late on Monday.

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Saudi Sentences 15 to Death for Spying for Iran

A Saudi court Tuesday sentenced 15 people to death for spying for the kingdom's rival Iran, local media and a source close to the case said, in a move likely to heighten regional tensions.

The source told AFP that most of the 15 Saudis were members of the kingdom's Shiite minority.

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Merkel Says Situation in Aleppo is a 'Disgrace' for West

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday that it was a "disgrace" that the international community had been unable to alleviate the suffering in Syria's besieged city of Aleppo.

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Two Wounded as Hamas Clashes with Gaza Hardliners

A police officer and a youth were hospitalised on Tuesday after Hamas forces clashed with hardline Islamists in the Gaza Strip, a medical source and witnesses said.

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