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  • Two Palestinian assailants shot dead in West Bank stabbing attempts: Israel

    Tue, 5:15am

    Zaka emergency personnel clean a bloodstain from the ground at the scene where Israeli security forces shot dead a Palestinian assailant who tried to stab a man at Gush Etzion junction, near a West Bank settlementIsraeli security forces shot dead two knife-wielding Palestinian assailants on Tuesday in the occupied West Bank, Israeli authorities said, as a wave of Palestinian stabbings, car rammings and shootings entered its third month. Israeli forces have killed 97 Palestinians, of whom 58 were identified by Israel as assailants or caught on camera carrying out attacks, while others were shot in clashes with police and troops. A police spokeswoman said a Palestinian man who tried to carry out a stabbing attack on Tuesday at a busy junction in the Etzion bloc of Jewish settlements in the West Bank was shot dead.

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  • Al Qaeda group releases Lebanese captives to Red Cross-live footage

    Tue, 5:10am

    Relatives of Lebanese security personnel who were captured in Arsal by the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front watch the news in a tent that was erected last year during an open-ended sit-in near the government palace in downtown BeirutBEIRUT (Reuters) - Al-Qaeda's Syrian wing, the Nusra Front, released Lebanese security personnel held captive since August, 2014 in a swap deal that will also release an ex-wife of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, live TV footage showed on Tuesday. A first group of five captives were handed over and seen boarding a Red Cross vehicle. A total of 16 Lebanese soldiers and policemen are set to be released under the Qatari-mediated deal, in addition to 13 Islamist prisoners including Saja al-Dulaimi, the ex-wife of Baghdadi. (Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Samia Nakhoul)

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  • Yemen shelling kills another Saudi border guard

    Tue, 5:09am

    Cross-border shelling from Yemen into Saudi Arabia has claimed the lives of five members of the security forces and three civilians in four daysShelling from Yemen has killed another Saudi border guard, the interior ministry said, the eighth death from Yemeni firing into the kingdom in just three days. The latest bombardment hit security posts in Saudi Arabia's Jazan district at about midday on Monday, the ministry said. Cross-border shelling from Yemen has claimed the lives of five members of the security forces and three civilians in the kingdom since Saturday.

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  • AirAsia crash due to faulty component, crew action: probe

    Tue, 4:23am

    File photo of an Airbus investigator walking near part of the tail of the AirAsia QZ8501 passenger plane in Kumai Port, near Pangkalan BunIndonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee said a major factor was a fault with a system that helps control the rudder's movement.

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  • U.S. Marine jailed in Philippines for killing transgender woman

    Tue, 3:55am

    U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton is escorted by U.S. security into a court in Olongapo city, north of ManilaA Philippine court on Tuesday found a U.S. Marine guilty of killing a transgender woman, jailing him for six to 12 years in a case that has reignited debate over the American military presence in the country. The Olongapo City regional trial court also ordered Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton to pay more than 4.5 million pesos ($95,350) to the family of Jennifer Laude, who was found dead last year in a hotel outside the former U.S. navy base northwest of Manila. Laude had been charged with murder but was convicted of the lesser offense of homicide, which does not require malicious intent.

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  • Police shooting of black teen cited in U of Chicago threat

    Mon, 9:31pm

    U of Chicago threat came amid tension over police shootingFederal authorities said an online threat that led the University of Chicago to cancel classes Monday targeted whites and was motivated by the police shooting of a black teenager, video of which was released ...

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