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U.S. officials including FBI agents are in Kiev helping a Ukrainian-led investigation into corruption under ousted president Viktor Yanukovych, the U.S. ambassador to Kiev said on Monday.
"We are doing what we can to unpack the enormous kleptocracy which surrounded the Yanukovych government," Geoffrey Pyatt said at a press conference in Kiev.Full Story
A French court sentenced four men to up to seven years in jail Monday for having tried to wage jihad abroad, at a time of concern over the mounting number of nationals going to fight in Syria.
The four were accused of having tried -- and failed -- to reach jihadist hotspots in 2009 and 2010 and of having facilitated the departure to a zone on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan of two other Frenchmen who were later killed in a U.S. army raid.Full Story
Unknown assailants on Monday assassinated a high-ranking Fatah Movement official in the Ain el-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp near the southern city of Sidon.
“Fatah Movement official Brig. Gen. Jamil Zeidan died of his wounds after he was shot by unidentified gunmen in the al-Fawqani area,” state-run National News Agency said.Full Story
Suspected al-Qaida militants on Monday attacked an army vehicle in Yemen's southern province of Abyan wounding six soldiers, a security official said.
The assailants opened fire at the vehicle east of the coastal town of Ahwar before fleeing, the official said.Full Story
The Gaza Strip's two principal militant groups, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, have already shown they are able to strike Israeli population centers as far away as Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
But their capabilities could have been extended significantly, Israel claims, had it not intercepted a ship carrying weapons it says were on their way from Iran to Gaza.Full Story
Saudi Arabia on Monday slammed as "aggressive and irresponsible" accusations by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki that the kingdom was supporting global terrorism.
"The kingdom condemns the aggressive and irresponsible statements made by the Iraqi prime minister," an unidentified official told the SPA state news agency.Full Story
Detained suspect Sheikh Omar al-Atrash denied on Monday claims that he had transported booby-trapped vehicles to Lebanon, reported LBCI television.
It said that he confessed to only transporting weapons from Lebanon to Syria.Full Story
An official of Russia's state atomic energy agency is to visit Iran on Tuesday for talks on building a second nuclear power plant, Iranian media reported.
Russia built Iran's sole existing nuclear power plant in the Gulf port of Bushehr and handed it over to Iranian engineers last September.Full Story
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday lashed out at the world for its "hypocrisy" over Iran as he unveiled a shipment of arms allegedly dispatched to Gaza by Tehran.
Standing in front of a vast display of weapons seized last week from a vessel in the Red Sea, Netanyahu launched a blistering attack on the West over its apparent disregard for Iran's alleged attempts to supply advanced weapons to Palestinian militants.Full Story
A Turkish court on Monday ordered the release of four more defendants convicted over an alleged coup to overthrow the Islamic-rooted government, media reported.
The ruling came after former army chief Ilker Basbug -- sentenced to life in jail in connection with the so-called "Ergenekon" conspiracy -- was released from prison on Friday.Full Story