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Gaza's Sole Power Plant Down after Israel Attack

The only power plant supplying electricity to the Gaza Strip was knocked out of commission by Israeli shelling, deputy director of the energy authority in the Palestinian territory said Tuesday.

"Gaza's sole power plant has stopped working due to Israeli shelling last night, which damaged the steam generator and later hit the fuel tanks which set them on fire," Fathi al-Sheikh Khalil told Agence France Presse.

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EU Adopts Broad Economic Sanctions on Russia as U.S. Targets 3 Banks

The European Union finally agreed Tuesday to impose broad economic sanctions against Russia, hoping to force Moscow to reverse course in Ukraine, EU officials said, as the U.S. slapped sanctions on three banks.

The new European measures impose restrictions on the finance, defense and energy sectors so as to increase the cost to Russia of its continued intervention and support of pro-Moscow rebels in Ukraine.

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Karzai Cousin Killed in Afghan 'Turban Bomb' Attack

A suicide attacker killed an influential cousin of Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday, officials said, raising tensions during a dispute over election results that will determine the country's new leader as U.S.-led troops withdraw.

Hashmat Karzai was a campaign manager in the southern province of Kandahar for Ashraf Ghani, one of the two presidential candidates involved in a bitter stand-off that threatens to trigger worsening ethnic instability.

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Truck Driver Kills 12 Sleeping Pilgrims on India Highway

A speeding truck driver ran over and killed at least 12 Hindu pilgrims on Tuesday who were sleeping on the side of a busy road in northeastern India, police said.

Four women were among the victims while a further 18 others were injured in the pre-dawn accident on a national highway in the Aurangabad district of Bihar state.

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Iran's Supreme Leader Accuses Israel of Gaza 'Genocide'

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Tuesday accused Israel of committing "genocide" in Gaza and called on the Islamic world to arm Palestinians fighting "the Zionist regime".

In a speech marking the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr, Khamenei said Israel was acting like a "rabid dog" and "a wild wolf" in acts that are causing a human catastrophe and which must be resisted.

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Rockets Hit Northeastern Towns, No Casualties

Four rockets hit on Tuesday the outskirts of the northeastern towns of al-Labweh and Meqraq, without causing casualties, the state-run National News Agency reported.

NNA said that the rockets struck the hills lying between the two Shiite towns.

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Mashnouq Says to Discuss with Moqbel, Rifi Implementation of Decision on Wanted Lists

Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq said that he will hold talks with Defense Minister Samir Moqbel and Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi to implement a cabinet decision to abolish lists of wanted individuals.

In remarks to pan-Arab daily al-Hayat published on Tuesday, al-Mashnouq said his meeting with Moqbel, who is also the deputy PM, and Rifi will come after the Eid al-Fitr holidays, which end on Wednesday.

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Sheikh Qabalan Calls for Lessening Lebanon's Woes

The deputy head of the Higher Shiite Islamic Council, Sheikh Abdul Amir Qabalan, called on Tuesday for the support of the Palestinian people and for limiting Lebanon's woes.

In his Eid al-Fitr sermon, Qabalan said: “We should steer clear of strife.”

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U.S.: Russia has Violated Arms Treaty by Testing Cruise Missile

The United States has found that Russia violated a 1987 arms control treaty by testing a ground-launched cruise missile, a senior U.S. official said late Monday, calling the matter "very serious." 

The finding comes in a 2014 report that concluded Russia was in violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which barred it from possessing, producing or flight-testing such cruise missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometers, the official told Agence France Presse.

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Ex-contractor Extradited from Iraq to U.S. in Bribery Case

A former defense contractor has been extradited from Iraq to the United States to face charges he tried to bribe U.S. officials to secure lucrative government deals, authorities said Monday.

Metin Atilan, 54, a dual U.S. and Turkish citizen, had been indicted in 2008 by a grand jury but he allegedly cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet and fled the country, federal prosecutors said in a statement.

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