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Saudi Beheads Syrian for Drug Smuggling

Saudi authorities beheaded a Syrian man on Tuesday after he was convicted of trafficking drugs into the ultra-conservative kingdom, the Interior Ministry said.

Waleed Zeineddin was arrested while trafficking a large amount of amphetamine stimulant capsules that are listed as drugs in Saudi Arabia, the ministry said in a statement carried by state news agency SPA.

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Israeli Troops Kill Palestinian in W.Bank Raid

Israeli troops Tuesday shot and fatally wounded a suspected Palestinian militant during a raid on his home in a West Bank refugee camp, the army and Palestinian security officials said.

"The wanted suspect was injured, evacuated by military forces for further treatment and later died of his wounds in an Israeli hospital," a military statement said.

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Amnesty Urges Yemen to Commute Cross-amputation Sentence

Amnesty International has urged Yemen to commute a cross-amputation sentence meted out to a man convicted of robbery, slamming the Islamic law-compliant verdict as "cruel.”

A Sanaa court on Sunday ordered the amputation of the right hand and the left foot of a man found guilty of attacking another man and robbing him of cash he was transporting in a vehicle belonging to a money exchange firm.

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16 Iraqi Pilgrims Killed in Iran Road Smash

Sixteen Iraqis were killed and 20 more wounded Tuesday when their bus crashed as they were traveling in western Iran, ISNA news agency reported.

"The accident took place around 2.40 in the morning ... It seems that the driver fell asleep, causing the accident. Sixteen Iraqis were killed and 20 others wounded, some seriously," a police official in Iran's western province of Lorestan said.

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Kerry, Chinese Counterpart to Talk Syria, North Korea

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will welcome his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi Thursday, when the two are expected to talk about Syria and North Korea over a working lunch.

According to State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf, the long-scheduled meeting will touch on swiftly evolving current events.

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Israel Court Revokes Internment of African Migrants

The Israeli Supreme Court on Monday overturned a law allowing illegal immigrants to be detained without trial for three years, declaring it "unconstitutional".

The court ruled that the controversial 2012 legislation, under which 2,000 men, women and children, mostly from Eritrea and Sudan, are interned, ran counter to Israeli human rights law.

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Israel Says Military Threat 'Deters Rogue Regimes'

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said Monday that the U.S.-Russian deal for Syria to destroy its chemical weapons, proved that a credible threat of force could bring about diplomatic solutions.

"The latest developments, in which a diplomatic solution is emerging for Syria to be disarmed of chemical weapons, demands determined action and will be judged over time according to results," a statement from his office quoted Yaalon as saying in an address to defense ministry staff.

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U.S.: U.N. Report Makes Clear Assad Regime behind Chemical Attack

The United States declared Monday that a U.N. report into a chemical weapons attack in Syria makes it clear that Bashar Assad's regime was responsible.

"The information provided in that report that the sarin agent was delivered on surface to surface rockets that only the Assad regime has, makes clear the responsibility," White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

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Brazil Seeks End to International Arms Flow into Syria

Brazil on Monday called on the U.N. Security Council to order an immediate end to the international arms flow into Syria.

"It is urgent to immediately stop the flow of arms from the outside, which supplies all sides in the conflict," Foreign Minister Luiz Alberto Figueiredo said.

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Syria Chemical Weapons Plan to Begin 'in Days'

A U.S. and Russian-inked program to destroy Syria's chemical weapons should begin "in a matter of days," the watchdog tasked with implementing the plan said Monday.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said that its experts "are already at work preparing a roadmap that anticipates the various challenges involved in verifying Syria's declared stockpiles."

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