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U.S. Deploys Warship Carrying Marines off Libya

The United States is deploying an amphibious assault ship with about 1,000 marines off the coast of Libya in case the U.S. embassy must be evacuated, a U.S. defense official said Tuesday.

The USS Bataan was to be in the area "in a matter of days," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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Israel Holds Funeral of Brussels Attack Victims

Hundreds of people turned out in Tel Aviv on Tuesday for the funerals of two Israelis gunned down at the Jewish museum in Brussels last week.

Relatives of Emmanuel and Miriam Riva, who are survived by their two teenage daughters, said the couple in their 50s had been celebrating their wedding anniversary in the Belgian capital.

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Israel Presidential Candidates Step Forward

Six candidates put themselves forward on Tuesday for Israel's presidential election in two weeks, kicking off the race to succeed 90-year-old incumbent Shimon Peres.

MPs will elect the new head of state by secret ballot on June 10.

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Report: Iran Court Summons Facebook's Zuckerberg over Privacy

An Iranian judge has summoned Facebook co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg to answer allegations that his company's apps have breached people's privacy, it was reported Tuesday.

A series of rows over Internet access have in recent months underscored the gulf between Iranian moderates, who seek fewer online restrictions, and conservatives who want more.

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Egypt Extends Vote for President amid Low Turnout Reports

Egypt gave voters an extra day to cast ballots for a president Tuesday, in a surprise move amid a reportedly low turnout in the first election since the overthrow of the Islamist leader.

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the ex-army chief who toppled Islamist president Mohammed Morsi last year, is the clear frontrunner. But his campaign had hoped for a large turnout as a decisive show of support.

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London Brothers Admit Syria Terror Training Plot

Two brothers on Tuesday pleaded guilty in a British court to conspiring to attend a terror training camp in Syria.

Mohommod Nawaz, 30, and Hamza Nawaz, 24, were arrested in September as they entered the port of Dover on the southeast English coast.

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Report: Libya Militia Stole U.S. Weapons in Raid

Militia fighters stole hundreds of American-supplied automatic weapons and other equipment in a raid on a Libyan base where the U.S. was training local forces, bringing an abrupt end to the secretive program, a report said Tuesday.

Elite U.S. troops have been tasked since last year with covertly forming local counterterrorism units in Libya, Mauritania, Niger and Mali, part of U.S. efforts to widen the war against al-Qaida affiliates in Africa, The New York Times reported, citing American officials.

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Norway Arrests Three Suspected of Supporting Syria Jihad

Norwegian intelligence services announced Tuesday the arrest of three men suspected of wanting to support or join a radical group in Syria.

"There are strong reasons to believe that two of the arrested people have acted as foreign fighters for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)," the Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) said in a statement.

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Syria Says Expats Banned from Voting at UAE Missions

Syria said Tuesday the United Arab Emirates has banned its expats from voting in the country's June 3 presidential election, after similar moves by France, Germany and Belgium.

On the eve of the election to be held abroad on Wednesday, "the UAE has joined the countries plotting against Syria by deciding to prohibit the holding of elections on its territory," said the Syrian foreign ministry.

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Tunisia Delays Trial of Suspects in U.S. Embassy Attack

A Tunisian court delayed for the third time Tuesday the appeals trial of Islamists accused of attacking the U.S. embassy in 2012, with numerous defendants and lawyers absent.

The appeals court in Tunis adjourned the trial until July 1 to appoint a lawyer for two of the accused, the judge said after a brief hearing.

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