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Turkey, U.S. aim for zone cleared of Islamic State in northern Syria

ISTANBUL/WASHINGTON - Turkey and the United States are working on plans to provide air cover for Syrian rebels and jointly sweep Islamic State fighters from a strip of land along the Turkish border, bolstering the NATO member's security and possibly providing a safe haven for civilians.

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Two Bahraini policemen killed in bombing: Interior Ministry

DUBAI - A bomb attack killed two Bahraini policemen on duty in the mainly Shi'ite village of Sitra, south of the capital Manama, the Interior Ministry said on Tuesday, days after the government said it had disrupted an arms smuggling plot linked to Iran.

Bahrain 3:06am EDT

Thailand aims for upgrade from U.S. trafficking blacklist next year: PM

BANGKOK/CHIANG MAI, Thailand - Thailand is working flat out to combat human trafficking, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Tuesday, adding he hoped Thailand would be lifted from a U.S. list of worst human trafficking centers next year.

Thailand 3:56am EDT

Attack halts flow in natural gas pipeline from Iran to Turkey

ANKARA - Saboteurs attacked a pipeline carrying natural gas from Iran to Turkey in Turkey's eastern province of Agri late on Monday, halting the flow, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz and state gas company Botas said.

Turkey 4:13am EDT

Bangladesh police arrest six in crackdown on Islamist groups

DHAKA - Police in Bangladesh have arrested six suspected militants, including the chief of the outlawed Jamaat-ul Mujahideen group, as authorities stiffen a crackdown on hardline Islamists.

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Malaysian PM reshuffles cabinet, dumps deputy after 1MDB criticism

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak sacked his deputy and four other ministers in a cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday, with the attorney general also replaced, as the fallout from a graft scandal at debt-laden state investment fund 1MDB grows.

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