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Kuwait Jails Tweeter 4 Years for Insulting Judges

Kuwait's lower court Thursday sentenced an online activist to four years in prison for insulting judges on Twitter, according to the court ruling and activists.

Ahmad Fadhel was charged with writing comments on Twitter deemed offensive to a number of judges, who then sued him.

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Libyan Politician Wins Britain Torture Rendition Appeal

A British court on Thursday ruled that a Libyan politician can sue the government over his claim that Britain conspired with the CIA in his "rendition" to Libya for torture in a case that could pave the way for similar legal action.

The Court of Appeal ruling overturns a previous court decision in December that said that while Abdul-Hakim Belhaj and his wife had a "well-founded claim" the case was beyond the jurisdiction of British courts.

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U.N. Watchdog Slams Israel Abuses, Demands Gaza War Probe

A U.N. human rights watchdog on Thursday urged Israel to respect the rights of Palestinians, and demanded the country probe violations committed during repeated assaults on Gaza.

With tensions soaring in East Jerusalem, and months of almost daily clashes, the U.N. Human Rights Committee published conclusions Thursday from its review earlier this month of Israel's human rights record.

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Bullet Holes, Tear Gas are Aftermath of Deadly Jerusalem Raid

Four neat bullet holes pock-mark the wall on the roof of Muataz Hijazi's family home in east Jerusalem, where Israeli police shot the 32-year-old dead at dawn Friday.

Relatives and neighbors say he was murdered, but police say he opened fire on them when they went to arrest him for severely wounding a radical Jewish activist in a shooting the night before.

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Tunisia Secularists Win Landmark Vote in Arab Spring Birthplace

Tunisia's secular Nidaa Tounes won landmark parliamentary elections, results showed Thursday, beating Islamist rivals in a vote that raised hopes of a peaceful transition in the birthplace of the Arab Spring.

Sunday's election has been hailed as a victory for democracy in the North African nation, which touched off the so-called Arab Spring when protests drove longtime dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali from power in 2011.

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Syria Denounces Turkey over Kobane Reinforcements

Syria accused Turkey on Thursday of a "flagrant violation" of its sovereignty, as Ankara allowed Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters and opposition rebels to cross its border to battle jihadists.

"Once again, Turkey has shown its conspiratorial role... by allowing foreign forces and terrorist groups to enter Syria," said a foreign ministry statement reported by state television.

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Saudi Beheads Man for Murder

Saudi Arabia beheaded a man Thursday for murdering a fellow tribesman, the interior ministry said, the latest in dozens of executions this year that have alarmed rights campaigners.

Hadi bin Rashid al-Dosari, a Saudi national, was convicted of stabbing to death a fellow tribesman following a dispute, the ministry said in a statement carried by the official SPA news agency.

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Peshmerga at Turkish Border to Reinforce Besieged Kobane

Heavily armed Iraqi peshmerga forces reached the Turkish border Thursday and a first group entered the town of Kobane as they prepared to join fellow Kurds battling the Islamic State group.

The group of 10 fighters were to coordinate with local Kurdish militia who have been holding off an assault by IS jihadists for six weeks, a monitoring group said.

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Jerusalem on Edge after Police Kill Palestinian Gunman

Clashes raged in east Jerusalem Thursday after police shot dead a Palestinian accused of trying to kill a Jewish hardliner, prompting officials to close the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound.

Israel said its closure of the shrine, which is holy to Jews and Muslims, was a temporary measure aimed at calming tempers, but Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas said it was tantamount to a "declaration of war".

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Amnesty: Libya Militias Commit 'Mounting War Crimes'

Pro-government and rebel militias vying for control of western Libya are committing war crimes including torturing detainees and targeting civilians, Amnesty International said Thursday. 

Libya is being rocked by fighting between militias in the west and in second city Benghazi, where troops are trying to dislodge Islamists who control most of what was the cradle of the 2011 uprising that ousted dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

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