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Arab Israeli Jailed for Joining Syria Rebels

An Arab Israeli was sent to jail on Monday for more than two years for going to Syria where he joined rebels battling against the regime of President Bashar Assad.

Hikmat Massarwa, from Taibe village in Galilee, was given 30 months in prison by Lod District Court as part of a plea bargain in which he admitted contacts with an enemy agent, illegally leaving the country and infiltration.

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Three Israeli Teens Jailed for Assaulting Palestinians

Three Israeli teenagers convicted of taking part in a brutal assault on a group of Palestinian youngsters in Jerusalem last August have been given jail terms, a copy of Sunday's district court judgement showed.

Jamal Julani, 17, and three cousins, residents of Israeli-annexed Arab east Jerusalem, were attacked by dozens of Israeli youths in Zion Square, a busy bar and entertainment district of west Jerusalem.

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Rowhani to Become Iran President on August 3

Moderate cleric Hassan Rowhani will assume Iran's highest elected office on August 3, ending Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's controversial eight-year presidency, a deputy speaker of parliament said on Monday.

Rowhani will become president once supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the ultimate decision-maker in the Islamic republic, formally endorses his surprise June election.

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Iran Says Egypt Army Intervention 'Unacceptable'

Iran deems "unacceptable" the Egyptian army's toppling of the country's first freely elected president Mohammed Morsi, the foreign ministry said on Monday.

"The intervention of armed forces in political affairs is unacceptable and disturbing," ministry spokesman Abbas Araqchi told the Mehr news agency, when asked about the developments in Egypt.

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Hamas Slams 'Massacre' of Morsi Supporters in Cairo

Gaza's Islamist Hamas rulers on Monday condemned the "massacre" of dozens of people demonstrating against last week's military coup which ousted former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, calling for an end to the bloodshed.

"Hamas condemns the massacre of dozens of peaceful Egypt civilians today at dawn, expresses its profound pain and sadness over the victims, and calls for an end to the bloodshed among the Egyptian people," it said in a statement.

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Saudi Beheaded for Murder

Saudi Arabia beheaded one of its citizens on Monday after he was convicted of murdering a fellow Saudi in the southwestern Mecca region, the interior ministry said.

Saleh bin Ali al-Shemmarani was executed for stabbing to death Ali bin Saeed al-Shemmarani after a dispute between the two, the ministry said in a statement carried by SPA state news agency.

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Turkey Strongly Condemns Egypt Killings

Turkey's foreign minister on Monday denounced the killing of 35 activists in Egypt who demonstrated against last week's military coup that unseated president Mohammed Morsi.

"I strongly condemn the massacre during the morning prayers on behalf of the fundamental values of humanity that we have defended," Ahmet Davutoglu wrote in a message on Twitter.

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Syria Army Advances in Khaldiyeh District of Homs, Car Bomb Kills 5

Syrian troops advanced on Monday into the rebel-held Khaldiyeh district of central Homs, with shelling intensifying as forces battled for a 10th day in the area, activists and an NGO said.

State media, meanwhile, reported two car bombs hit a regime-held area in the city, while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported five killed in one car bombing.

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19 Dead in Two Days of Iraq Violence

Two days of violence in Iraq killed 19 people, including six family members shot dead while returning from a wedding, police officers and doctors said on Monday.

In Madain, south of Baghdad, a bomb exploded near a football field inside a sports club on Monday, killing at least five people.

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Gunmen Kill Top Officer in Southeast Yemen

Gunmen shot dead a high-ranking Yemeni army officer Monday in the country's southeastern Hadramawt province as he was heading to work, a military official told Agence France Presse.

The unknown assailants opened fire on Colonel Ahmed al-Suhaili, commander of a military camp in Hadramawt's city of Seiyun, the official said on condition of anonymity.

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