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Top U.S. Senator Urges Weapons for Ukraine to Fight 'Invasion'

The head of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee called Sunday for supplying Ukraine with weapons to fight what he called a "direct invasion" of the country by Russia.

"We should provide the Ukrainians with the type of defensive weapons that will impose a cost upon (Russian President Vladimir) Putin for further aggression," Robert Menendez told CNN's "State of the Union" talk show.

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Major Power Outage Hits Tunisia

A major power outage hit the Tunisian capital briefly on Sunday and cut off electricity across the country after a technical breakdown, local media and residents said.

Electricity was cut for almost two hours in the capital, and power was being restored in stages around Tunisia, local residents said.

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Salam Says Efforts over Hostages Ongoing Quietly as Scholars Voice Optimism

Prime Minister Tammam Salam on Sunday said that a ministerial panel tasked with following up on the issue of the abducted troops was pressing on with its work “away from the media spotlight,” as the Muslim Scholars Committee promised “good news.”

During a high-level security meeting at the Grand Serail, Salam expressed relief over the release of five hostage soldiers on Saturday, hoping the ongoing efforts will soon lead to the freeing of the rest of captive army soldiers and policemen.

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Berri: Electing President Must be a Priority, Taef Needs to be Implemented Not Manipulated

Speaker Nabih Berri on Sunday stressed that putting an end to the presidential void must be a “priority,” noting that the Taef Accord should be “implemented” rather than “manipulated.”

“The election of a new president should be a priority because the confidence of citizens and the world in Lebanon would erode should we continue our failure to elect a president,” said Berri in a televised speech marking the 36th anniversary of the disappearance of revered Shiite cleric Imam Moussa al-Sadr, the founder of the AMAL Movement that the speaker heads.

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German Anti-Euro Party Enters First State Parliament

Germany's anti-euro party on Sunday won its first seats in a state parliament where Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives retained a clear lead, according to preliminary results.

Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) won more than 39 percent of the vote in eastern Saxony state, according to preliminary results, meaning it will need to find a new coalition partner.

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Assad Swears in Government, Urges Reconstruction

Syria's embattled President Bashar Assad swore in his new government on Sunday, saying security and reconstruction would be top priorities and urging ministers to tackle corruption.

The new government, appointed earlier this week after Assad's June re-election, takes office as the death toll in the country's conflict since March 2011 soars past 191,000.

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37 Children Killed in String of Syria Attacks

At least 37 children have been killed in government air strikes and shelling across Syria in the last 36 hours, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said Sunday.

The Britain-based Observatory said 20 children had been killed between midnight on Saturday and Sunday afternoon, with 17 more killed between Friday and Saturday night.

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'Recruiter' for Syrian Jihad Arrested in France

A 22-year-old man suspected of acting as a recruiter for jihadist groups in Syria has been arrested at an airport in the south of France, the interior ministry said Sunday.

The man, who is said to be of Chechen origin, was stopped at the Nice airport on Saturday and taken into custody.

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Zureiqat to Troops Families: Hizbullah Caused Your Sons Captivity, Battle Hasn't Begun

Sirajeddine Zureiqat, a so-called spokesman of the Qaida-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades, warned Sunday that “the battle has not yet started in Lebanon,” telling the families of the abducted Lebanese security personnel that Hizbullah is to blame for their sons' captivity.

“You must know that had it not been for Hizbullah and its foolish acts, your sons would not have been taken captive. Who other than Hizbullah has implicated Lebanon in the battle?" the fugitive Lebanese cleric said addressing the families on his Twitter account.

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Libya Islamist Militia Says in Control of U.S. Embassy Compound

An Islamist-allied militia group said Sunday it has "secured" a U.S. Embassy compound in Libya's capital, more than a month after American personnel evacuated from the country over ongoing fighting.

An Associated Press journalist walked through the compound Sunday after the Fajr Libya, an umbrella group for Islamist militias, invited onlookers inside.

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