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Geagea: To Unite Arab and International Efforts to Combat Terrorism

Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea stressed the necessity to unite Arab and International efforts to strictly combat extremism and terrorism and all its organizations.

Geagea also underlined, in a statement issued by his press office on Saturday, the necessity to refine the prevailing image of Islam and reveal its true noble nature.

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Copenhagen Gunman's Third Accomplice Charged

Danish judicial authorities on Saturday charged a third alleged accomplice in Copenhagen's twin shootings this month, accusing him of helping the attacker obtain a bulletproof vest and a knife, a court spokesman said.

The defendant, a slender 18-year-old in khakis and a red sports jacket, denied the charges before his custody hearing held behind closed doors, news agency Ritzau reported.

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Jailed Kurdish Leader in Turkey Urges PKK to Lay Down Arms

The jailed leader of the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) on Saturday made a "historic" call to the separatists to hold a disarmament conference, a key step in efforts to end Turkey's 30-year Kurdish insurgency.

"As we are ushering the 30 years of conflict towards permanent peace, it is our primary goal to reach a democratic solution," Abdullah Ocalan said in a message relayed by Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) lawmaker Sirri Sureyya Onder. 

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Egypt Brotherhood Chief Handed Fourth Life Sentence

An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced to life imprisonment the head of the banned Muslim Brotherhood over the killing of protesters who stormed the group's Cairo headquarters in 2013.

Three co-defendants of Mohamed Badie -- the Islamist movement's spiritual leader who already faces three other life terms from other cases -- were sentenced to death in the same trial.

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First PEGIDA 'Anti-Islamisation' Rally Staged in Britain

The German-based PEGIDA movement, which opposes what it calls the "Islamisation" of Europe, was staging its first demonstration on British soil Saturday.

On Facebook, more than 800 people indicated they would attend the rally in Newcastle, northeast England.

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U.N. Envoy in Damascus to Seek Quick Aleppo Truce

U.N. peace envoy Staffan de Mistura hopes to finalise a deal to freeze fighting in war-ravaged second city Aleppo during talks Saturday with the Syrian government, an official said.

De Mistura is due in Damascus in the afternoon and "hopes to set in motion as soon as possible his project" to halt fighting in Aleppo for six weeks, said a member of his delegation who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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Ally of Ousted Ukraine Leader Found Dead in Apparent Suicide

Ukrainian police on Saturday said a leading ally of former president Viktor Yanukovych was found dead after falling from his 17th storey Kiev flat in an apparent suicide.

Former lawmaker Mykhaylo Chechetov -- one of the most prominent politicians during Kremlin-backed Yanukovych's time in power -- was facing criminal charges for abuse of power over attempts to crush protests that eventually toppled his former boss. 

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With United Front, Arab Israeli Parties Seek More Clout

Israel's once-squabbling Arab parties aim to bolster their influence in parliament to defend the rights of their minority with an unprecedented alliance forged ahead of snap elections.

The parties hope their show of unity will encourage a higher turnout among the 1.3 million Arab-Israelis who make up 20 percent of the population.

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U.S. Court Denies Request to Move Boston Bombings Trial

A U.S. court Friday denied a request by alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for his trial to be moved out of the city, just days ahead of opening statements.

A three-judge panel came down in a two-to-one split decision against the move.

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Prince William Dons Samurai Gear on Japan Tour

Britain's Prince William donned the trappings of feudal nobility in Japan Saturday, wearing the helmet and clothes of an ancient samurai during a tour of a TV studio.

The second-in-line to the British throne asked for a sword to complete the outfit, and grinned at photographers as he posed for pictures dressed as a warrior from yesteryear.

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