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Qatar condemns Islamic State and rejects funding accusations

LONDON - Qatar condemned on Saturday the Islamic State's "barbaric" murder of U.S. journalist James Foley and flatly rejected accusations of giving financial support to the militant group.

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Renegade Libyan forces say their planes attack Tripoli again 5:31pm BST

TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI Libya - The air force of Libya's renegade general Khalifa Haftar on Saturday attacked positions of Islamist-leaning militia in Tripoli for the second time in less than a week, one of his commanders said.

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Germany has spied on Turkey since 1976 - Focus magazine 4:36pm BST

BERLIN - Germany's foreign intelligence agency has been spying on Turkey for nearly four decades, Focus magazine said on Saturday in a report which could raise tensions further between the NATO allies.

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Yemen government offers to resign to end Houthi protests - source 4:08pm BST

SANAA - Yemen's government offered on Saturday to resign within a month and to review an unpopular decision to cut fuel subsidies, in an attempt to end protests by the Shi'ite Houthi movement, a government source told Reuters.

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Egypt calls for Gaza ceasefire as fighting rages 3:38pm BST

GAZA/CAIRO - Egypt called on Israel and the Palestinians on Saturday to halt fire and resume peace talks, but violence continued unabated with Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip and Hamas militants firing rockets at the Jewish state. | Video

Boat with 170 Africans on board sinks off Libyan coast 3:36pm BST

TRIPOLI - A wooden boat with around 170 African migrants on board trying to reach Europe has sunk in rough seas off the Libyan coast, a spokesman for the Libyan navy said on Saturday.

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Hamas backs Palestinian push for ICC Gaza war crimes probe 3:01pm BST

GAZA - Hamas leaders said on Saturday they had given their consent for the Palestinians to join the International Criminal Court (ICC), a move that could open up both Israel and the militant group to war crime probes over the fighting in Gaza.

U.S. considering taking fight against Islamic State into Syria 1:57pm BST

EDGARTOWN Mass. - The United States is considering taking the fight against Islamic State militants into Syria after days of airstrikes against the group in Iraq and the beheading of an American journalist, the White House signaled on Friday.

U.S. hostage rescuers dropped from night sky, Syria activist says 12:37am BST

BEIRUT/WASHINGTON - It was just after midnight on July 4 when at least two dozen U.S. Delta Force commandos arrived on heavily armed Black Hawk helicopters in Akrishi, a small town near the eastern Syrian city of Raqqa on the bank of the Euphrates River.

U.S. considering taking fight against Islamic State into Syria 12:27am BST

EDGARTOWN Mass. - The United States is considering taking the fight against Islamic State militants into Syria after days of airstrikes against the group in Iraq and the beheading of an American journalist, the White House signaled on Friday.

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