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Saudi court sentences two to death, jails 13 over attack

DOHA - A court in Saudi Arabia sentenced two men to death and 13 others to long prison terms after they were accused of killing a policeman and three civilians and forming an al Qaeda cell in prison, the kingdom's state news agency (SPA) said on Tuesday.

Pakistani Islamists use floods to turn opinion against India

MULTAN Pakistan - Hafiz Saeed, widely considered one of South Asia's most dangerous militants, has no doubt who is to blame for devastating floods that have submerged swathes of Pakistani countryside and claimed hundreds of lives.

Top News, South Asia, World 2:37am IST

Iraqi official briefs Syria's Assad on efforts against Islamic State

BEIRUT - Iraq's national security adviser briefed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on efforts to counter Islamic State on Tuesday, in the first such meeting since the United States launched air strikes on the radical group in Iraq.

World, Syria, Iraq 2:08am IST

Nine killed, 30 wounded in new clashes in Libya's Benghazi - medic

BENGHAZI Libya - Heavy clashes broke out on Tuesday between a former Libyan general's forces and Islamist fighters in the eastern city of Benghazi, killing at least nine people, medics said.

World, Libya 1:41am IST

Israel says mortar fired from Gaza in first since Aug 26 truce

JERUSALEM/GAZA - Israel said a mortar bomb was fired at it from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday in the first such attack since a seven-week war in the enclave ended on Aug 26, but Hamas said Palestinians remained committed to the truce.

World, Israel 16 Sep 2014

U.S. Congress pushes ahead with bid to arm Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives began debating legislation on Tuesday to authorize President Barack Obama's plan to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants, and lawmakers said the measure would likely pass the full Congress by the end of this week.

World, Syria 16 Sep 2014

U.N. chief urges nations to 'act decisively' on Islamic State

UNITED NATIONS - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged countries with the capacity to do so to take decisive action against Islamic State militants, who have taken over large swaths of Iraq and Syria.

World, Syria, Iraq 16 Sep 2014

Yemen clashes between Shi'ite rebels and tribesmen kill 22 - sources

SANAA - Twenty-two people were killed in fighting between Shi'ite Muslim rebels and government-allied tribesmen in northern Yemen on Monday and Tuesday, tribal and local sources told Reuters.

World, Yemen 16 Sep 2014

Islamic State goes underground in Syrian stronghold

BEIRUT - Islamic State has gone underground in its Syrian stronghold since President Barack Obama authorised U.S. air strikes on the group in Syria, disappearing from the streets, redeploying weapons and fighters, and cutting down its media exposure.

World, Syria 16 Sep 2014

U.S. says won't unleash "shock and awe" air campaign in Syria

WASHINGTON - The United States is not preparing to unleash a "shock and awe" campaign of overwhelming airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State fighters and instead envisions a more modest, longer-term campaign, Pentagon officials told Congress on Tuesday.

World, Syria 16 Sep 2014

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