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U.S. 2020 Hopefuls Chide Netanyahu ahead of Israel Vote

Multiple U.S. presidential candidates have criticized Israel's prime minister ahead of Tuesday's general election in Israel, with Beto O'Rourke branding Benjamin Netanyahu "racist" and Bernie Sanders calling him too extreme.

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Bomb Attack Kills 13 in Syria's Raqa

A double bomb attack Tuesday in the northern Syrian city of Raqa, a former bastion of the Islamic State group, killed 13 people, mostly civilians, a war monitor said.

A car bomb and explosive ordinance struck a crowded street, killing nine civilians and four U.S.-backed fighters, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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Palestinian President Hopes for Peace after Israeli Elections

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he hoped that Israel's parliamentary elections on Tuesday could help bring peace.

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HRW Urges U.S. to Oppose Sisi's Bid to Extend Egypt Rule

Human Rights Watch urged Washington Tuesday to withhold its endorsement of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah's bid to extend his rule beyond the end of his second term in 2022.

Sisi was in Washington for his second Whit house meeting since President Donald Trump took office in 2017 and the New York-based watchdog said he was seeking his ally's green light for a package of constitutional amendments that are to be put to a referendum later this month.

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In Haftar, Analysts Sees 'Moscow's Man' in Libya

Russia has said it is not taking sides in the fighting in Libya but behind the scenes, experts say, Moscow is firmly backing strongman Khalifa Haftar.

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Saudi Hails U.S. Terror Blacklisting of Iran Guards

Riyadh welcomed Tuesday Washington's blacklisting of arch-rival Tehran's elite Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organisation, state media reported.

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Protests as Algeria Lawmakers Elect First New President in 20 Years

Bouteflika Ally Named Algeria's First New President in 20 Years

Algerian lawmakers appointed a regime stalwart as the country's first new president in two decades Tuesday, dismaying protesters seeking sweeping change following the resignation of veteran leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika. 

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U.S. Bars Entry to 16 Saudis over Khashoggi Killing

The US State Department Monday barred entry to 16 Saudi nationals over what it described as their role in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as the administration of Donald Trump continues to face harsh criticism over its handling of the affair.

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Israel Votes with Netanyahu's Future at Stake

Israelis voted Tuesday in a high-stakes election that will decide whether to extend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's long right-wing tenure despite corruption allegations or to replace him with an ex-military chief new to politics.

The vote was expected to be close and likely lead to frantic negotiations to form a coalition once results are in, with opinion polls having shown Netanyahu best placed to do so.

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Syria Condemns U.S. Move against Iran Guards

The Syrian government condemned as irresponsible a U.S. decision on Monday to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guards a "terrorist group," calling it a "badge of honor" for the Islamic republic.

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