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FBI Seeks Public's Help in Case of Child Predator who Taught in Lebanon in '70s

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public’s assistance to identify possible victims of a suspected child predator who taught in Lebanon in the 1970s, the U.S. Embassy in Beirut said in a statement on Thursday.

“Beginning in 1972, William James Vahey taught at schools in a variety of countries, including Lebanon. Last month, his employer at a high school in Nicaragua found a thumb drive that contained sexually graphic images of at least 90 victims,” the embassy said.

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LiveLF Leader Samir Geagea in an Interview on LBCI

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Abdullah in Lead as Afghan Election Set for Run-off

Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah retained a clear lead in the latest Afghan presidential election results released Thursday, but he remained below the threshold needed for a decisive first-round victory.

Abdullah has secured 43.8 percent of the vote, with his main rival Ashraf Ghani on 32.9 percent, election officials said, after about 80 percent of ballots were counted.

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Syria Chemical Handover Nearly Complete

Syria has nearly completed surrendering its chemical weapons stockpile, a joint task force in charge of the operation said Thursday, as U.N. Security Council members called for a fresh probe into alleged gas attacks.

"Today's operation brings the total of chemical material removed and destroyed to 92.5 percent," the combined Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-U.N. task team said in a statement.

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Kuwait MPs Ask to Quiz PM over Alleged Corruption

Three opposition MPs on Thursday sought to question Kuwait's prime minister, accusing him of giving cash handouts to lawmakers and mismanagement in sovereign wealth fund investments.

The request, filed by Riyadh al-Adasani, Abdulkarim al-Kundari and Hussein al-Mutairi, could lead to a no-confidence vote that may force Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak al-Sabah's dismissal.

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EU Welcomes Palestinian Unity Deal but Says Priority is Peace Talks

The European Union welcomed Thursday the unity accord between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas but said the priority remains peace talks with Israel.

"The EU's top priority is that the current talks continue beyond April 29," said a spokesman for EU foreign affairs head Catherine Ashton, referring to the deadline for a U.S.-led effort to broker a Palestinian-Israeli peace deal.

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Putin Enemy Escapes Immediate Threat of Jail

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny escaped Thursday the imminent threat of jail when a court extended his arrest, but did not put the top critic of President Vladimir Putin in pre-trial detention.

The 37-year-old anti-corruption blogger, who has been under house arrest since February and banned from using the Internet, saw his detention extended until late October during a closed-door hearing, spokeswoman Anna Veduta told Agence France Presse.

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Sudan Seeks Probe into Killing of Nationals in S. Sudan

Sudan called on Thursday for an investigation into the "assassination" of its nationals in a South Sudan oil town, where the U.N. has accused rebels of killing hundreds of civilians.

"The foreign ministry condemns assassination of the Sudanese nationals in Bentiu and calls for urgent investigation," the official SUNA news agency said in an SMS alert.

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U.S. Envoy Issues Warning on Extremism during Libya Visit

The second-ranking U.S. diplomat warned on Thursday during a visit to Libya that the threat of extremism is an "enormous challenge" for the North African country and the international community.

William Burns is the most senior American official to travel to Libya since an assault on the U.S. consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi killed four Americans, including ambassador Chris Stevens, in 2012.

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Yemen Qaida Gunmen Seize Hospitals to Treat Wounded

Al-Qaida militants have seized hospitals in southern Yemen to treat wounded comrades following blistering air strikes that killed scores of gunmen in two days, medics said Thursday.

An intensive aerial campaign by U.S. drones and Yemeni jet fighters on al-Qaida bases in the rugged mountains of nearby Abyan province killed some 70 militants over the weekend.

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