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Egypt Moves to Take Control of Independent Mosques

Egyptian authorities decided Tuesday to take control of independent mosques, state news agency MENA reported, in a move aimed at curbing Islamist dissent.

The measure aims to further tighten the state's grip on all mosques in the country, deeply polarized since the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

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7 Dead in Suicide Bombings in Kurdish Syrian City

At least seven people were killed on Tuesday in a triple suicide bomb attack at a hotel in the Kurdish Syrian city of Qamishli, an NGO said, updating an earlier toll.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said three suicide bombers blew themselves up at the Hadaya hotel in Qamishli, killing seven people including four women.

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Saudi Jails Anti-Regime Tweeter for 10 Years

A Saudi court has jailed a Tweeter for 10 years after convicting him of insulting the kingdom's political and religious leaders and urging anti-regime protests, official SPA news agency reported.

The Riyadh court also sentenced another defendant to eight years in jail after finding him guilty of taking part in protests and publishing anti-regime posts online, SPA said in a report late Monday.

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Netanyahu Says No Deal unless Palestinians Recognize Jewish State

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday ruled out any deal with the Palestinians unless they recognize Israel as the Jewish state and give up their refugees' right of return.

And he said Israel and the Palestinians were getting further away from reaching a peace deal which would end the decades-long conflict, with U.S.-led peace talks bogged down in a bitter dispute over the question of Israel as a Jewish state.

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N. Korean Tanker Escapes to Sea with Cargo of Libyan Rebel Oil

A North Korean-flagged tanker laden with oil from a rebel-held terminal in eastern Libya slipped the warships deployed to intercept it and escaped to sea on Tuesday, MPs said.

The Morning Glory, which docked in al-Sidra on Saturday and is reported to have taken on at least 234,000 barrels of crude, is the first vessel to have loaded oil from a rebel-held terminal since the revolt against the Tripoli authorities erupted last July.

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Israel 'Regrets' Fatal Shooting of Jordan Judge

Israel expressed regret on Tuesday over the fatal shooting of a Jordanian-Palestinian judge by Israeli troops at a West Bank border crossing, a statement from the premier's office said.

"Israel regrets the death of Judge Raed Zeiter yesterday (Monday) at the King Hussein (Allenby) bridge and expresses its sympathies to the people and government of Jordan," the statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said.

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Iran Scoffs at Israel Weapons Claim

Iran dismissed as farcical Tuesday Israel's highly publicized display of weapons it said it had seized from a vessel in the Red Sea bound for Gaza from Iran.

The foreign ministry said a news conference given by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday beside the alleged cargo was pure propaganda aimed at torpedoing Iran's growing rapprochement with the West.

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Shortages and Deprivation Blight Syria after 3 Years of War

Some survive by eating animal feed, others are reduced to living off vegetable peel. The human degradation in Syria, notably in areas besieged by the army, has reached levels unimaginable three years ago.

Since the protests against President Bashar Assad in March 2011 descended into a bloody civil war, images of Syrian civilians suffering have become commonplace.

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Israel Drone Crashes in Gaza

An unmanned aircraft of the sort Israel uses for surveillance and missile strikes in Gaza crashed in the south of the territory early on Tuesday, sources on both sides said.

"A Sky Rider drone crashed in the southern Gaza Strip due to a technical malfunction," an Israeli army spokeswoman told AFP. "An investigation is under way."

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Tribal Source: Drone Strike Kills 4 'Qaida Members' in Yemen

A U.S. drone strike in northeast Yemen has killed four suspected al-Qaida members, a tribal source said on Tuesday.

Two missiles struck two vehicles late Monday in the Wadi Abida area, east of Sanaa, killing the occupants "who were all al-Qaida members," the source said.

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