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Sudanese Killed after Stabbing Israeli Soldier in Ashkelon

A Sudanese man stabbed and wounded an Israeli soldier Sunday before being shot dead in southern Israel, with police investigating whether the attack was carried out in solidarity with Palestinians.

Police initially said the incident near a bus station in the southern city of Ashkelon was suspected to be part of a wave of Palestinian knife, gun and car-ramming attacks that erupted in October. 

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Cross-Border Yemeni Shelling Kills Two in Saudi

A Saudi soldier and a civilian have been killed in cross-border shelling from rebel-controlled northern Yemen, authorities said late Saturday.

A Saudi patrol was hit on Saturday morning in the southwestern region of Assir, killing the soldier, the interior ministry said in a statement carried by state news agency SPA.

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EU Calls on Israel to Halt Demolition of Palestinian Housing

The European Union on Saturday called on Israel to halt the demolition of Palestinian housing, some of which was EU-funded, and reiterated its opposition to expanding Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

"In the past weeks there have been a number of developments in Area C of the West Bank, which risk undermining the viability of a future Palestinian state and driving the parties yet further apart," the EU diplomatic service said in a statement.

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Syrian Kurds Begin Diplomatic Push with Moscow Office

Syrian Kurdish separatists have announced plans to open "representation" offices in several capitals, starting next week with Damascus regime ally Moscow, an official told AFP on Saturday.

"The autonomous Syrian Kurdish region will open an office in Moscow on February 10 and is preparing to open another in Berlin, with Washington, Paris and Arab countries coming later," said Amina Oussi, deputy head of the Hasakeh committee for external relations.

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Turkey Tightens Visa Rules for Iraqi Citizens 'to Fight Illegal Immigration'

Turkey has tightened its visa rules for Iraqi citizens as a sign of its "determination to fight illegal immigration," the foreign ministry said Saturday. 

Under previous rules, Iraqi citizens were able to enter Turkey by obtaining sticker type visas at Turkish borders, valid for 30 days. 

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Body of Italian Student Found in Cairo Flown Back to Italy

The body of the Italian student who was found this week in a Cairo suburb was flown back to Italy Saturday morning, Egyptian airport officials and Italy's foreign minister said.

Paolo Gentiloni told reporters in Amsterdam that the body of 28-year-old Giulio Regeni was being transported to Rome and eventually to the Italian city of Trieste.

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Iran: Saudi Won't Dare Send Troops to Syria

Saudi Arabia wouldn't dare send ground troops to war-torn Syria, the chief of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards said Saturday, after Riyadh opened up the possibility of such a deployment.

The Sunni-ruled kingdom, Iran's regional rival, has said it could "contribute positively" if the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group in Syria decided on ground action.

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Pentagon Releases Vetted Batch of Detainee Abuse Photos

The Pentagon on Friday released a small portion of photographs showing injuries suffered by detainees allegedly at the hands of U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan over a decade ago.

Many of the 198 carefully vetted images are close-ups showing cuts, bruises, swollen joints and relatively small wounds. 

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Iran Approves Extra 1,500 Candidates for Parliamentary Polls

Iran has approved an extra 1,500 candidates to contest this month's parliamentary election, raising the total number of hopefuls by around a third, an electoral official said Saturday.

The increase came after previously rejected candidates presented new evidence of their credentials, allowing a partial reversal of the mass disqualification of thousands last month.

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Syria Regime Warns against any Foreign Ground 'Aggression'

Syria's government warned Saturday that its forces would resist any foreign ground intervention after reports that Saudi Arabia and Turkey, which both support rebel forces, could send in troops. 

"Any ground intervention on Syrian territory without government authorisation would amount to an aggression that must be resisted," Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said at a news conference in Damascus.

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