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Palestinians Attack New E.Jerusalem Settler Homes

Palestinians hurled Molotov cocktails at an apartment building in a flashpoint east Jerusalem neighborhood just hours after it was taken over by Jewish settlers, police said Tuesday.

No one was injured in the incident in the Silwan neighborhood late on Monday, which saw a group of Palestinians firing flares and throwing petrol bombs at the building, a police statement said.

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Reports: Missing Sydney Teen Resurfaces in IS Group Video

A teenager who ran away from Australia to join jihadists in Iraq and Syria has reappeared months later in a video of the Islamic State group, vowing to "not stop fighting", reports said Tuesday.

The 17-year-old, named in local media as Abdullah Elmir but who calls himself "Abu Khaled", carried a rifle and directly addressed Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott in the video reportedly posted online, the Sydney Morning Herald said.

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Egypt Clamps Down on Campuses over New Unrest Fears

As the new academic term began in Egypt, riot police were standing guard at Cairo's universities to quash any repeat of Islamist-led protests that turned campuses nationwide into battlefields.

The authorities have tightened security at 12 leading universities across the country -- the last bastions of protests backing ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi after a nationwide government crackdown crushed his supporters, leaving hundreds dead and thousands jailed.

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Tunisia Vote Offers Post-Arab Spring Hope

Tunisians vote Sunday to elect their first parliament since the country's 2011 revolution, in a rare glimmer of hope for a region torn apart by post-Arab Spring violence and repression.

After three weeks of largely low-key campaigning, more than five million voters are to elect 217 deputies in a ballot pitting the Islamist Ennahda movement -- the country's largest party -- against a host of secular groups.

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Syria Kurds Weather IS Assault as They Await Iraq Help

Kurdish fighters in the battleground Syrian town of Kobane weathered an onslaught by Islamic State group militants on Tuesday as they awaited promised reinforcements.

The Kurdish militia faced a fierce attack by IS fighters, including suicide bombers, late on Monday, that appeared aimed at cutting off the border with Turkey before any reinforcements could arrive, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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Jihadists Kill at Least 10 in Attack on Kurdish-Held Iraq Town

The Islamic State jihadist group on Monday attacked the Kurdish-controlled town of Qara Tapah, northeast of Baghdad, killing at least seven peshmerga troops and three civilians, officials said.

The militants attacked from two sides, lobbing mortar rounds into the town, which lies 50 kilometers (30 miles) from the Iranian border.

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U.S. Welcomes Turkish Move to Let Iraqi Kurds into Syria

The United States on Monday praised a policy reversal by Turkey which agreed to allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to cross the border to help defend a besieged Syrian town.

"We welcome those statements from the foreign ministry," State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters, after Ankara said it was now helping Iraqi peshmerga fighters to cross the frontier to reach the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane under attack from Islamic militants.

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Syrian Professor in Saudi Disappears, Joins IS

A Syrian professor at a Saudi Arabian university has disappeared and joined the Islamic State group fighting U.S.-backed forces in her homeland, a newspaper reported on Monday.

Al-Hayat quoted Ibrahim al-Khaldi, the spokesman for the University of Dammam, as saying Iman Mustafa al-Boga had resigned for unknown reasons.

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Turkey Says Releases Last Syrian Kurdish Detainees

Turkey on Monday released the last group of Syrian Kurds who were being held on suspicion of having links with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), a local official said.

"The last 95 people were advised to go to a tent city having reported their contact details," local official Fatih Ciftci told AFP.

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15 Killed in Yemen Suicide Car Bomb Targeting Rebels

A suicide bomber killed 15 people, including children, when he detonated an explosives-laden car near a Shiite rebel checkpoint south of the Yemeni capital on Monday, witnesses said.

The blast went off within meters (yards) of the checkpoint in the town of Rada, scene of heavy fighting between the Al-Qaida militants, backed by Sunni tribesmen, and rebels seeking to expand their territorial control.

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