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U.N. Probe: Barrel Bombs, Sieges Cause 'Unspeakable Suffering' in Syria

U.N. investigators on Tuesday denounced the seemingly deliberate targeting of civilians in Syria's war, causing "unspeakable suffering" as barrel bombs relentlessly drop from the sky and besieged people starve to death.

"Civilians are the main victims of an ever-accelerating cycle of violence," Paulo Pinheiro, who heads a commission of inquiry on the human rights situation in Syria, told the U.N. Human Rights Council.

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Israel Vows Crackdown after 'Lynching' of Wounded Syrian

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged Tuesday to track down Druze rioters in the occupied Golan Heights responsible for the "lynching" of a wounded Syrian being transported to a hospital.

The Monday attack, roundly condemned by local Druze religious and secular leadership, comes as Druze are increasingly concerned over the fate of their brethren in Syria after attacks by rebels there. 

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Report: Six Syrian Migrants Killed in Shipwreck off Turkey

Six Syrian migrants were killed and dozens more rescued on Tuesday when their overloaded boat capsized off Turkey's Aegean coast while on its way to Greece, the Dogan news agency reported.

The migrants were seeking to reach the Greek island of Kos and enter the European Union when their boat hit trouble in stormy weather before dawn on Tuesday after leaving the Turkish resort of Bodrum.

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Syria Kurds Advance after Seizing Base from IS

Syrian Kurds and allied rebels advanced against the Islamic State group on Tuesday, capturing a strategic town a day after seizing a base from the jihadists near their Raqa bastion.

A spokesman for the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) and a Britain-based monitor said anti-IS forces took Ain Issa after capturing the nearby Brigade 93 base overnight.

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Australia Attempts to Verify Lebanese Terrorist's Death in Iraq

Reports that a Lebanese-Australian terrorist, notorious for holding up the severed heads of Syrian victims, has been killed fighting in Iraq have raised the potential for his young family to be repatriated from the Middle East, Australia's foreign minister said on Tuesday.

Australian intelligence agencies were attempting to verify the recent deaths of Australians Khaled Sharrouf and Mohamed Elomar in the Islamic State-held city of Mosul in Iraq, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said. Both men were seen in photographs posted on social media holding heads of Syrians.

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Official: U.S. Airstrike Kills IS Operative in Iraq

A U.S. airstrike in northern Iraq has killed an Islamic State operative who was a person of interest in the 2012 Benghazi attack, the Pentagon said Monday.

Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said Ali Awni al-Harzi of Tunisia was killed in Mosul on June 15. 

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MP Says UK Must Tighten Up Response to Syria Cases

British authorities must "sharpen up" their response to cases of people traveling to Syria, an influential lawmaker said Monday, after meeting two men whose wives are thought to be there.

Sisters Sugra Dawood, 34, Zohra Dawood, 33, and Khadija Dawood, 30, from Bradford in northern England went missing this month with their nine children aged three to 15 after a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.

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Israeli Druze Block Army Vehicle to Search for Syrian Rebels

Israeli Druze on Monday blocked and threw stones at an army vehicle they believed was transferring wounded Syrian rebels for treatment, police said. 

The incident took place as concern grew for the fate in neighboring Syria of members of the Druze minority, traditional allies of President Bashar Assad, who are surrounded by rebels in the country's more than four-year civil war.

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European Cyber Police Unit to Take on Islamic State Propaganda

European police agency Europol said Monday it was launching a continent-wide cybercrime unit to combat social media accounts promoting jihadist propaganda, particularly those of the Islamic State (IS) group.

The unit, set to start operating from Europol's Hague-based headquarters next month, will comb tens of thousands of social media accounts connected with IS and report them to the companies behind the websites, Europol chief Rob Wainwright said.

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Swiss Court Maintains Freeze on Assad's Wealthy Cousin

The financial assets of one of Syria's wealthiest men -- a cousin of Syrian President Bashar Assad -- will remain frozen in Switzerland, the Swiss Federal Administrative Court said in a statement.

The court rejected an appeal by billionaire Rami Makhlouf to reverse a federal decision blocking an undisclosed amount of money in his Swiss accounts -- which the government says helps "finance" and "support" Assad's violent regime.

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