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Army moves in as Egyptians leave homes near Gaza

  EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Hundreds of Egyptians living along the border with the Gaza Strip evacuated their homes on Wednesday, after the army ordered them out to make way for a planned buffer zone meant to stop militants and smugglers, officials said. They said residents of the border town of Rafah have already handed [...]

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Suicide attack kills 24 people south of Baghdad

  BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide car bomber driving a military Humvee struck a checkpoint manned by Iraqi troops and pro-government Shiite militiamen south of Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 24 people, officials said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which took place on the outskirts of the Sunni town of Jurf [...]

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Syrian rebels clash with government troops, 19 die

  DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Members of the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front and other Syrian rebel factions launched simultaneous attacks on army checkpoints and the governor’s office in northwestern Syria on Monday, triggering hours-long clashes that left 19 troops and rebels dead. The attacks all took place in the city of Idlib, activists and state media [...]

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Egypt’s military to guard key state installations

  CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Monday ordered the military to join police forces in guarding vital state facilities against terror attacks, a move that would expand the military’s already dominant public presence since it toppled Islamist President Mohammed Morsi 15 months ago. The president’s decree stipulated that army troops will join [...]

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Iraqi troops retake control of Sunni town

  BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi soldiers backed by Shiite militiamen retook control Sunday, October 26, of a Sunni town seized previously by Islamic militants, said an Iraqi official and state-run TV, a rare victory for Iraqi security forces that have been battling to regain areas lost to the militants. The provincial official said that government [...]

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Lebanese troops fight street battles in Tripoli

  TRIPOLI, Lebanon (AP) — Lebanese army tanks pounded Muslim militants’ positions in the narrow streets of a poor neighborhood in this northern city Sunday, where fighting has intensified and spread to nearby areas where gunmen killed four soldiers. Several tanks, armored personnel carriers and Humvees carrying commandos arrived earlier in the day on the [...]

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Israeli president visits Arab town, massacre site

  JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s new ceremonial president visited the site of a 1956 massacre Sunday, October 26, the first Israeli head of state to do so, as part of his outreach campaign to the country’s Arab minority. Reuven Rivlin became president in July, replacing Nobel laureate Shimon Peres, and has since made improving relations [...]

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Clashes erupt at Palestinian’s West Bank funeral

  JERUSALEM (AP) — Clashes erupted Sunday, October 26, between Palestinian youths and Israeli forces at the West Bank funeral of a teenage boy killed by Israeli troops, as an Ecuadorean tourist died of wounds suffered in an attack last week by a Palestinian man who drove his car into a crowded Jerusalem train station. [...]

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Tunisians in historic vote spurred by Arab Spring

  TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisians voted Sunday, October, 26 for their first five-year parliament since they overthrew their dictator in the 2011 revolution that kicked off the Arab Spring, with the main secular party declaring an early victory over the once-dominant Islamists. Although official results would not be ready before Wednesday, Nida Tunis (Tunisia’s [...]

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Gunman in Canada attack prepared video of himself

  TORONTO (AP) — A gunman who shot and killed a soldier at Canada’s national war memorial and then stormed Parliament before he was gunned down had prepared a video recording of himself that police say shows he was driven by ideological and political motives, police said Sunday, October 26. Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commissioner [...]

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Turkey says 1,300 Syria rebels heading to Kobani

  TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Turkey’s president said Friday that Ankara would allow hundreds of Syrian rebels to travel to the embattled border town of Kobani in order to help Kurdish fighters there fend off an Islamic State onslaught. But Syrian opposition activists denied there were any such plans, and Kurdish fighters reacted angrily to [...]

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