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Israel deploys more missile interceptors, Gaza death toll up to 125

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel rushed an eighth missile interceptor battery into service on Saturday to counter stronger-than-expected rocket fire from Gaza as the military pounded positions in the Palestinian enclave for a fifth day, killing 19 people, medics said. | Video

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Libyan protesters shut down Brega oil port: state firm NOC

TRIPOLI - Protesters have shut down the eastern Libyan oil port Brega, state firm National Oil Corp (NOC) said on Saturday, days after the government celebrated the reopening of major ports following almost a year of blockage.

Libya 8:42am EDT

Iraq headed for chaos unless politicians unite, U.N. says

BAGHDAD - Iraqi soldiers backed by Shi'ite militias fought Sunni rebels for control of a military base northeast of Baghdad on Saturday as a U.N. envoy warned of chaos if divided lawmakers do not make progress on Sunday toward naming a government.

United Nations, Iraq 11:33am EDT

One killed, eight injured in Istanbul gas explosion

ISTANBUL - One person was killed and eight were injured, one critically, in a gas explosion at a packaging workshop in Istanbul on Saturday, local media reported.

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Exclusive: Jordan reluctant to host U.S.-led Syria rebel training - officials

WASHINGTON - Jordan, where the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has been covertly training Syrian rebels for more than a year, is reluctant to host an expanded rebel instruction program, U.S. officials said.

Syria 9:32am EDT

Iraq forces executed 255 prisoners in revenge for Islamic State killings: HRW

LONDON - Iraqi security forces and government affiliated militias appear to have unlawfully executed at least 255 prisoners over the past month in apparent revenge for killings by Islamic State fighters, according to a rights group on Saturday.

Iraq 9:31am EDT

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