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Kuwait Arrests Suspected Qaida Financier

A Kuwaiti, Hajjaj bin Fahd al-Ajmi, considered a financier of Al-Nusra Front, a Syrian rebel group linked to al-Qaida, was arrested Wednesday on his return from a visit to Qatar, activists said.

They said on Twitter that Ajmi, 26, was arrested at Kuwait airport.

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415,800 Flee Fighting in East Ukraine as Attack Jet Shot Down near Lugansk

A Ukrainian warplane was blown out of the sky over rebel-held territory Wednesday as fierce clashes between government troops and pro-Russian insurgents left dozens of civilians dead.

Fighting intensified as Kiev appeared to ramp up a deadly offensive to crush the ailing rebellion in the east ahead of a fresh round of diplomacy that will see the presidents of Russia and Ukraine meet next week for the first time in months.

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Kidnapped ICRC Staff Freed in Afghanistan

Five staffers from the International Committee of the Red Cross have been released, six days after they were kidnapped in Afghanistan, the aid agency said Wednesday.

"Our five colleagues are free. They are in good health and have been reunited with their families, which was the most important thing for us," Monica Zanarelli, head of the ICRC delegation in Kabul, said in a statement.

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Four Arrested in N. Ireland over Letter Bombs

Two men and two women were arrested in Northern Ireland on Wednesday over a series of letter bombs sent to addresses in Northern Ireland and England, police said.

The suspects are being questioned over devices sent in February to armed forces careers offices several southern English cities.

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'Dozens Killed' in Darfur Tribal Fighting

Dozens of people have been killed in clashes between two Arab tribes in Sudan's troubled western region of Darfur, witnesses from the rival camps said on Wednesday.

A witness said at least 30 members of his Rezeigat tribe were killed in the fighting with Maaliya tribesmen over territorial claims in the Umm Rakuba district.

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U.S. Conducts 14 Strikes on Islamic State fighters, Weighs Sending Up to 300 Troops

U.S. aircraft pounded Islamic State militants in 14 air strikes near Iraq's largest dam in the past 24 hours, officials said Wednesday, amid IS threats to kill a second American journalist.

Since Tuesday, U.S. drones and fighter jets destroyed or damaged six IS Humvees, three sites for improvised explosive devices, one mortar tube and two armed trucks, U.S. Central Command said.

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Pygmies Torch DR Congo Villages in Revenge Strike

Pygmy militiamen burned down several villages in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo last week, the U.N. peacekeeping mission said, in the latest ethnic violence to hit the strife-torn region.

The attack was led by Pygmy militia commander Mubone Mbuyu "as a reprisal for atrocities committed against Pygmies," Lieutenant Colonel Felix Prosper Basse, spokesman for the U.N. MONUSCO mission, said on Wednesday.

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Foley Represented 'Best of America,' His Parents Say

The parents of murdered journalist James Foley paid graceful tribute Wednesday to their "hero" son and urged his killers to release any other hostages they currently hold.

"We're very proud of him. He was a courageous, fearless journalist, very compassionate American. I mean, the best of America," Diane Foley said of her son, whose execution at the hands of jihadist group the Islamic State triggered global revulsion.

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Change and Reform Warns of Elimination of Christians in East, ISIL-Like Policies in Lebanon

The Change and Reform bloc condemned on Wednesday the “elimination” of Christians in the East, “stretching from Iraq and leading to the presidential palace in Baabda.”

A statement, read by Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil after the bloc's weekly meeting, said: “We demand a halt to the ISIL-like policies against Christians in Lebanon.”

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Austria Arrests Nine Suspected of Seeking to Join Syria Jihad

Nine people who had been given asylum in Austria have been arrested on suspicion of seeking to join the jihadist opposition in Syria, the government said on Wednesday.

The arrests follow an investigation by the Austrian secret service, said Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner, without giving any information on the identity of the suspects.

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