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Greece Braces for 'Turning Point' Election

Greece stood Saturday on the brink of a make-or-break general election that could sweep the anti-austerity Syriza party to power and set the country on a collision course with its international creditors.

Syriza wants to renegotiate Greece's massive 318 billion euro ($356 billion) debt and put an end to years of wage cuts and public spending reductions linked to an international bailout.

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Reports: Syrian Refugee Boy in Turkey Beaten for Eating Leftovers

A Syrian refugee child has been beaten by a restaurant manager in the Turkish city Istanbul for eating a customer's leftovers, local media reported on Saturday.

A photo circulating on social media shows the 11-year-old boy sitting bloodied on stairs after having been beaten Wednesday by the manager of fast food chain Burger King's outlet in the Sirinevler district.

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Libya's Ansar al-Sharia chief dead: Islamist websites

The head of Libya's Ansar al-Sharia jihadist group, whose fate has been a mystery since fighting in October, was mortally wounded then, Islamist websites and an army officer said Saturday.

Mohamed al-Zehawi "was killed in Benina clashes near the Benghazi airport, southeast of the city," the Islamist militias February 17 Martyrs and Rafallah al-Sahati Brigades said on Facebook.

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Syria Opposition Demands 'Radical Change'

Syria's opposition factions called Saturday for "radical democratic change" in the war-torn country ahead of April talks aimed at unifying their plan for a political solution to the conflict.

In a two-day conference held in Cairo, the regime-tolerated opposition met with members of the exiled National Coalition and agreed on a 10-point vision, as well as announcing fresh talks slated for April.

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Minister: Australian Women Joining IS Foreign Fighters

Increasing numbers of young women are altering the profile of Australians joining the Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq and Syria, Attorney-General George Brandis said Saturday, enticed by the "false glamour" of the organisation.

"At an earlier time, perhaps even six months ago, we were concerned almost entirely about young men," Brandis said, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

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Hariri Hails Army in Halting Terrorists in Ras Baalbek: It Has Proven Ability to Face Assaults

Head of the Mustaqbal Movement MP Saad Hariri praised on Saturday the army after its battles against terrorists in the Ras Baalbek region in the eastern Bekaa.

He declared in a statement: “It has proven its ability to confront assaults by extremists and to face terrorist bombings.”

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Boko Haram Kills 15 Villagers in Nigeria's Northeast

Boko Haram fighters have killed 15 villagers near Maiduguri, the epicenter of the Islamist group's six-year insurgency where President Goodluck Jonathan is to hold an election rally Saturday.

The killings near the embattled city took place Friday, eve of the president's visit, security sources and residents said.

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Syria Refugee Children Depict Joy, Pain in Photos

The photos on display at a Beirut theater show Syrian refugees chopping wood, getting married, and playing in a Lebanese field. They are the work not of professionals, but Syrian refugee children.

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Indian Police Re-Arrest Hunger Strike Activist

Indian police have re-arrested a human rights campaigner staging a 14-year hunger strike just hours after she was released on court orders, drawing condemnation from fellow activists.

Irom Sharmila, known as the Iron Lady of Manipur for her unwavering and non-violent protest against human rights abuses in India's northeast, has spent years in judicial custody over her fast.

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U.N. Accuses Israel of Razing Homes of 77 Palestinians

The United Nations has accused Israel of illegally demolishing the homes of 77 Palestinians, mostly children, this week in annexed east Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank.

"In the past three days, 77 Palestinians, over half of them children, have been made homeless," the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement issued Friday evening.

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