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Saudi Beheads Man for Murder

Saudi Arabia beheaded a man Thursday for murdering a fellow tribesman, the interior ministry said, the latest in dozens of executions this year that have alarmed rights campaigners.

Hadi bin Rashid al-Dosari, a Saudi national, was convicted of stabbing to death a fellow tribesman following a dispute, the ministry said in a statement carried by the official SPA news agency.

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Extension of Parliament's Term Likely during Nov. 5 Session

Speaker Nabih Berri scheduled on Thursday a parliamentary session for November 5, which media reports suggested will be used to extend the parliament's term.

The National News Agency said that Wednesday's session will be aimed at studying and approving draft-laws.

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Family of Jailed U.S.-Iranian Reporter Urge his Release

The U.S. government Thursday backed calls by the family of a Washington Post journalist held in Iran without charge that Iranian authorities should free him.

Jason Rezaian, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen who is the newspaper's Iran correspondent, was arrested at his home in Tehran on July 22, but the allegations against him have never been officially disclosed.

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Peshmerga at Turkish Border to Reinforce Besieged Kobane

Heavily armed Iraqi peshmerga forces reached the Turkish border Thursday and a first group entered the town of Kobane as they prepared to join fellow Kurds battling the Islamic State group.

The group of 10 fighters were to coordinate with local Kurdish militia who have been holding off an assault by IS jihadists for six weeks, a monitoring group said.

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Clashes in Bangladesh as Islamists Protest Leader's Death Order

Islamists clashed with police in several Bangladesh cities on Thursday as part of a nationwide strike to protest against their leader being sentenced to death for war crimes, police said.

Officers fired rubber bullets and tear gas at rock-throwing protesters who tried to block several key highways in the northwestern cities of Bogra and Rajshahi, police officers told AFP.

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Myanmar President Calls Unprecedented Talks with Parties, Army

Myanmar's president has called an unprecedented summit of army top brass and political rivals including Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party, political figures said Thursday, a year ahead of crucial elections.

The talks, scheduled for Friday in the capital Naypyidaw, are the first of their kind in the country that is attempting to emerge from the shadow of decades of outright military rule.

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More Arrests as Army Clampdown on Militants Continues

The army said on Thursday that it has arrested a Lebanese man who admitted to smuggling arms to jihadists taking position on the Lebanese-Syrian border as the military rounded up dozens in its clampdown on militants.

Abdullah Mahmoud al-Hujairi was apprehended in the area of Wadi Hmeid in the northeastern border town of Arsal, said an army communique.

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S.Sudan Fighting Surge Sparks Fears of Growing Aid Crisis

Heavy fighting in South Sudan's key northern oil town of Bentiu raged Thursday, aid workers said, as fears of a renewed offensive raised warnings of an escalating humanitarian catastrophe.

The fighting marks an end to a brief lull in hostilities in the country's 10-month-old civil war after the end of the rainy season, which made many roads impassable.

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Soldiers in Desperate Search for Sri Lanka Landslide Victims

Sri Lankan soldiers stepped up their search Thursday for 100 people feared buried alive in a landslide at a tea plantation, but there was little hope of finding any survivors.

Hundreds of troops using heavy diggers clawed through tonnes of mud that buried scores of tin-roofed homes at the picturesque plantation in the island's center on Wednesday.

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Jerusalem on Edge after Police Kill Palestinian Gunman

Clashes raged in east Jerusalem Thursday after police shot dead a Palestinian accused of trying to kill a Jewish hardliner, prompting officials to close the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound.

Israel said its closure of the shrine, which is holy to Jews and Muslims, was a temporary measure aimed at calming tempers, but Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas said it was tantamount to a "declaration of war".

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