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Israel Soldier 'Kidnapped' by Hamas is Dead

The Israeli army on Tuesday confirmed that a soldier who Hamas militants claimed they had kidnapped is dead and his body remains unaccounted for.

The army named the soldier, whose body is still missing, as Oron Shaul, two days after Hamas said they had kidnapped an Israeli soldier of the same name.

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Moscow Mayor Sacks Metro Chief over Crash

The mayor of Moscow on Tuesday announced he had fired the head of the capital's metro over a devastating crash that killed 22 people and injured more than 200.

"What happened on the Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya line, this tragedy, has canceled out the huge amount of work that was carried out in the metro in recent years," Mayor Sergei Sobyanin told a meeting.

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Several Members of HIC Led by Qabbani Resign Ending Crisis

Several members of the Higher Islamic Council led by Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Qabbani resigned on Tuesday thus ending a three-year war that sought the division of the highest Sunni authority in Lebanon.

Fifteen members had so far submitted their resignations thus suspending the works of the HIC headed by Qabbani.

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Thai Coup Leader to Meet King on New Constitution

Thailand's junta chief is set to meet the king Tuesday to win approval for an interim constitution that will map out year-long political reforms expected to curb the influence of fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

It will be the first time the revered but ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 86, has granted an audience to coup leader General Prayut Chan-O-Cha since the military seized power two months ago.

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France Raid Nets Three Suspected Jihadists

Two men and a woman have been arrested in a dawn raid in southern France on suspicion of recruiting fighters for Syria and planning attacks at home, police said.

The suspects were arrested in the city of Albi in a joint raid by the DGSI intelligence agency and RAID, an elite police special operations unit.

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Lithuania Slams French Warship Deal with Russia during Ukraine Crisis

Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite said Tuesday the European Union was compromising its values to protect trade ties with Russia, pointing to a French warship agreement with Moscow.

"We see the Mistralisation of European policy," Grybauskaite said, referring to a 1.2 billion euro ($1.6 billion) deal to supply Russia with two French Mistral warships.

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Malaysia Sharpens its Response in Latest Air Disaster

Malaysia's deal with pro-Russian rebels on MH17 caps an official response to the disaster that is being hailed at home as a swift and clear counterpoint to the government's widely mocked reaction to the disappearance of MH370.

The leadership of Prime Minister Najib Razak has been put to the test again by yet another tragic and complex air disaster just four months after the still-unexplained disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 rocked his country.

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Qaida Vows to Sever Hands of 'Corrupt' Yemen Officials

Al-Qaida has threatened to sever the hands of "corrupt" officials in the southeastern province of Hadramawt, where the jihadists have been trying to impose their strict version of Islamic sharia law.

"After we eliminated agents of the United States in Hadramawt and after we fought witchcraft and sorcery, we warn all corrupt officials in Hadramawt... that we will apply Allah's law by kidnapping them and severing their hands," said a statement signed by Ansar al-Sharia, the name under which Al-Qaeda in Yemen sometimes operates.

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Turkey Arrests over 50 Senior Police Officers in New Swoop

Turkish authorities on Tuesday arrested 55 senior police officers in a criminal probe over alleged corruption and abuse of office, the latest apparent crackdown on opponents of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of presidential polls.

Forty serving and former top police officers were arrested in Istanbul, including the former head of the anti-terrorism unit of Istanbul police, Omer Kose, television reports said.

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Reform-Minded Governor Wins Indonesian Presidential Race

The reform-minded governor of teeming Jakarta, Joko Widodo, has comfortably won Indonesia's closely-fought presidential race against a controversial ex-general with deep roots in the era of strongman Suharto, final results showed Tuesday.

Widodo, known by his nickname Jokowi, won around 53 percent of the vote compared to about 47 percent for Prabowo Subianto, according to a final tally cited by local media in the world's third biggest democracy.

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