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Morocco Says to Bolster Security in the Face of 'Threats'

Morocco, which has frequently reported the arrest of jihadists and is concerned over the number of its citizens fighting in Syria and Iraq, announced Saturday plans to bolster its security.

Interior Minister Mohamed Hassad said new measures will be deployed progressively to "confront the different threats facing the kingdom," according to his office.

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3 Turkish Troops Killed in Restive Kurdish-Majority Southeast

Masked gunmen on Saturday shot dead three Turkish soldiers in the restive Kurdish-majority southeast of the country, the army said, blaming separatist "terrorists" for an attack that threatens to undermine a fragile ceasefire. 

The three soldiers were shot dead on the street in the town of Yuksekova in Hakkari province of Turkey's extreme southeast bordering Iraq and Iran.

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Kerry Urges Moscow to Implement Ukraine Peace Deal

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has urged Moscow to fully implement last month's ceasefire agreement on Ukraine, the State Department said in a statement Saturday.

The peace deal reached last month in the Belarussian capital Minsk between Kiev, Moscow and the pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine includes monitoring and verification by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on both sides of the border.

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U.S.-led Strikes Pound IS Jihadists in Iraq, Syria

U.S.-led warplanes bombarded the Islamic State group Friday with new air strikes as heavily armed Iraqi Kurdish fighters were set to reinforce the besieged Syrian border town of Kobane.

Kurdish forces, backed by U.S. air power, have been holding out for weeks against an IS offensive around Kobane, which has become a high-profile symbol of efforts to stop the advance of the jihadists.

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N. Korea Lashes Out at U.S. over Human Rights 'Racket'

North Korea on Saturday vowed strong action to counter a U.S. attack on its human rights record and issued fresh warnings that the United States was in range of its nuclear weapons.

The threat follows a damning U.N. inquiry into North Korea's human rights record, with the judge who led the investigation urging the world body this week to seek war crimes prosecutions for the regime.

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Report: India Clears Defense Projects Worth $13.1 Billion

India's Hindu nationalist government on Saturday cleared long-delayed projects worth $13.1 billion to modernize the nation's aging Soviet-era military hardware and boost its domestic defense industry, a report said.

The move underscores the desire of the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to update the country's military as it looks to defend itself, especially after recent deadly border clashes with Pakistan and a tense stand-off with Chinese troops.

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Iran Acid Attack Suspects Freed over 'Lack of Evidence'

Several Iranian men arrested on suspicion of committing horrific acid attacks on women have been released due to insufficient evidence, the interior minister revealed Saturday.

The attacks in Isfahan, Iran's top tourist destination, have shocked the public and provoked a major protest there Wednesday from citizens who demanded better security and action over such violent crimes.

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Army Seizes Rifles of Guards Loyal to MP Khaled al-Daher

The army on Saturday seized weapons from a guard room at MP Khaled al-Daher's house in the northern city of Tripoli after “gunmen loyal to him” appeared on the street.

“The army confiscated four rifles from the guard room of MP Khaled al-Daher's house in the Tripoli area of al-Dam wal Farz,” state-run National News Agency reported.

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Iran Rules Out 'Backward Steps' on Nuclear Program

Iran will not accept any "backward steps" on its nuclear program, specifically on the enrichment of uranium, a top official said Saturday, dismissing U.S. calls for more curbs.

Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi, a member of Iran's nuclear talks team, was responding to comments by the lead U.S. negotiator Wendy Sherman who called on Iran to "finish the job."

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Clashes in Jerusalem ahead of Palestinian Hit-and-Run Attacker's Funeral

Israeli police clashed with Palestinians in east Jerusalem on Saturday and braced for more ahead of the funeral of a Palestinian driver who drove into a crowd, killing an Israeli baby.

With tensions further stoked after the army shot dead a West Bank teenager on Friday there were also reports of stoning of Israeli vehicles on roads around Ramallah.

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