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Israeli Tourists Leave Maldives Resort after Gaza Demo

Israeli holiday makers were evacuated from their Maldivian resort after one of them tore up an anti-Israeli placard equating the Nazi Swastika to the Israeli flag, officials said Wednesday.

Some 30 Israeli surfers were moved out to safety from Thulusdhoo island, near the capital island Male, as residents of the overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim archipelago protested the pulling down of anti-Israeli placards.

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'No Intact Bodies' in Grim Air Algerie Crash Probe

Dressed in protective white overalls, French experts sift through the debris of the Air Algerie plane that disintegrated over the northern Mali desert last week, killing all 118 on board.

Yet for days of meticulous searching across the shifting sands of the remote crash site at the southern edge of the Sahara desert, they have yet to see a single intact body.

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In Iraq's Mosul, Resistance Rises from Rubble

The dynamiting of some of Mosul's most precious heritage has spurred a group of students and officers into the first act of armed resistance against the Iraqi city's jihadist rulers.

Islamic State fighters have faced few challenges in holding the city since they took it over seven weeks ago, with Kurdish forces grounded at its gates and routed government forces in disarray.

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HRW Says Syria Govt Air Strikes Defy U.N. Resolution

Human Rights Watch sharply criticized the Syrian air force Wednesday for intensifying strikes on Aleppo, despite a U.N. Security Council resolution ordering all sides in the conflict to stop indiscriminate attacks.

The New York-based group also rapped the Security Council for inaction over the violence in Syria in a statement issued ahead of a meeting of the U.N. body.

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Three Jewish Youths Arrested over Palestinian Beatings

Three youths were in custody over the savage beating of two Palestinians by a Jewish mob in the east Jerusalem settlement of Neve Yaakov, Israeli police announced Wednesday.

"A Jerusalem court has to decide whether to extend the detention of the three Jewish men suspected of attacking two east Jerusalem residents on July 25," a statement said.

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Three Dead in Egypt as Planned Bomb Attack Fails

Three people were killed when two bombs they were carrying in a pick-up truck went off prematurely south of Cairo, Egyptian government and security forces announced on Wednesday.

The three, who were allegedly planning an attack, were killed outright when the truck was completely blown apart in the village of Shurafa.

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Arrest Warrants for Suspected Australian Jihadists

Australia has issued arrest warrants for two men suspected of fighting alongside militants in Iraq and Syria, police said Wednesday, including one who reportedly posed with severed heads.

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U.S. Plans Largest Ever Sale of Hellfire Missiles to Iraq

The United States plans to sell 5,000 Hellfire missiles to Iraq in a $700 million deal, officials said Tuesday, as Washington tries to help Baghdad retake ground captured by Sunni militants.

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Palestinians Say 'Ready for 24-Hour Truce', Israel Asks for U.S. Mediation as Gaza Toll Hits 1,210

Hamas' armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, said Tuesday that any truce with Israel must include a stop to Israeli "aggression" and lifting of its Gaza blockade, as the death toll from 22 days of Israeli bombardment rose to 1,210.

"We don't accept any condition of ceasefire," Mohammed Deif said in an audio address carried by Hamas radio and television.

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Libya ex-Deputy PM Kidnapped in Tripoli

An armed group abducted a former Libyan deputy prime minister and newly-elected MP, Mustapha Abu Shagur, in the capital Tripoli on Tuesday, his nephew said.

"Men in three cars kidnapped my uncle from his house and took him away to an unknown destination," Issam al-Naass told Agence France-Presse.

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