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Rights group critical of Palestinian gov't
Palestinian authorities are silencing dissent by cracking down on free speech and abusing local journalists and activists critical of their policies, a leading international human rights group said Tuesday.
 
Islamic State car bombing in Yemen kills 45
A suicide car bombing claimed by the Islamic State group in Yemen's southern city of Aden on Monday killed at least 45 pro-government recruits, officials said.
 
Hamas, Fatah gear up for 1st election since 2006
Palestinian rivals Hamas and Fatah are gearing up for their first contest at the polls since 2006 -- a vote for mayors and local councils in 425 communities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
 
Children evacuated from war-torn Syrian town discover joy of sweets
Yazan, a 4-year-old who has never known anything but deprivation, has finally discovered the joy of ice cream after being evacuated from the besieged town of Daraya near the capital of war-torn Syria.
 
Veteran Israeli politician Eliezer dies aged 80
Binyamin Ben Eliezer, a veteran Israeli politician who held several top government posts and often served as a bridge to the Arab world, died Sunday. He was 80. Israeli media reported that he died at Tel Aviv's Ichilov Hospital after a long illness.
 
Attackers armed with suicide vests, rifles and grenades killed 18 people in the Iraqi oasis town of Ain al-Tamer, many of them guests at a wedding party, local officials said Monday.
 
Afghan special forces have rescued a kidnapped Australian aid worker, officials said Monday, four months after she was taken at gunpoint in the country's volatile east.
 
Tehran has deployed a recently delivered Russian-made long-range missile system to central Iran to protect its Fordo nuclear facility, state television said Sunday.
 
Afghanistan launched a polio vaccination campaign on Monday aimed at reaching children in areas previously controlled by Islamic State group militants, officials said.
 
Turkey suffers 1st death of Syria campaign
Turkey on Saturday said the military suffered its first fatality in an unprecedented four-day campaign inside Syria, blaming Kurdish militia in an increasingly combustible contest for control in the border region.
 
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