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British Brothers Jailed for Syria Terror Training

Two British brothers who traveled to Syria with the intention of attending a militant training camp were jailed Wednesday, becoming the first to be sentenced for such offences in Britain.

Mohommod Nawaz, 30, was handed a four-and-a-half year prison term and his younger brother Hamza Nawaz, 23, was given three years at London's central criminal court.

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Ban: U.N. Aid Official Valerie Amos to Step Down

The top U.N. official for humanitarian aid, Valerie Amos, who oversaw international relief efforts in Syria and other trouble spots, is stepping down, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday.

Amos had been in the key post for more than four years, overseeing major aid operations in Syria as well as in South Sudan, Iraq and the Central African Republic.

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Life Term Sought for Turkish Policeman Over Protester Killing

Turkish prosecutors on Wednesday sought life imprisonment for a police officer accused of beating a teenager to death during last year's mass anti-government protests, media reported.

Ali Ismail Korkmaz, 19, died after being pummeled with baseball bats and truncheons in the western city of Eskisehir on June 2.

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Canada to Dress Ukrainian Soldiers for Winter Warfare

Canada's Defense Minister Rob Nicholson announced Wednesday the sending of winter coats, boots and gloves to dress 30,000 Ukrainian soldiers fighting pro-Moscow separatists in east Ukraine.

The shipment is to be flown to Kiev on Thursday, he told a press conference.

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President: FARC to Free Captive Colombia General Saturday

Colombia's FARC guerrillas will on Saturday release an army general whose capture has derailed peace negotiations, President Juan Manuel Santos announced, saying the necessary security protocols were in place.

"In accordance with the protocols, this can be done on Saturday. So it will happen Saturday," Santos said Wednesday.

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Spanish PM Dismisses Latest Catalan Independence Moves

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday called plans by the Catalan government to hold early elections as part of a push to gain independence from Spain "a step to nowhere".

Catalan president Artur Mas announced Tuesday that he wants to hold early elections in the wealthy northeastern region centered on independence which would involve a joint list of candidates from all parties that favor secession.

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UK Tabloid Journalist Cleared of Bribery Charge

A former journalist with media tycoon Rupert Murdoch's British tabloid The Sun was on Wednesday cleared of paying a government official for stories, following a trial triggered by the phone-hacking scandal.

Clodagh Hartley, a 40-year-old mother of two, burst into tears and mouthed "thank you" to the jury after it found her not guilty of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.

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Croatia Wants War Crimes Suspect Seselj back in Custody

Croatian lawmakers called Wednesday for a U.N. court to take Serb war crimes suspect Vojislav Seselj back into custody because he has spread "hatred and intolerance" since his release for cancer treatment.

MPs present in parliament unanimously passed a resolution voicing their deep dismay over the decision by the court in The Hague to free the firebrand ultranationalist, who went home to Serbia on November 12.

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Bulgarian Imam, Six others Charged over Support for IS Group

Bulgarian prosecutors on Wednesday charged a controversial imam and six others with inciting jihad and accused the group of serving as a link for Westerners seeking to join Islamic State fighters.

Ahmed Mossa Ahmed, a Bulgarian imam in a tight-knit Roma neighborhood in southern Bulgaria, was detained Tuesday along with five men and one woman in a massive operation by police and prosecutors that included a raid on a mosque.

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NATO Commander in Ukraine as Fighting Rumbles On

NATO's top military commander jetted into Ukraine for high-level talks on Wednesday as fighting rumbled on between government forces and Kremlin-backed rebels in the east.  

U.S. General Philip Breedlove was set to meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko as Kiev stirred further Russian ire by stating it hoped to join the Western security alliance.   

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