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Cousin of Pakistan's first Nobel laureate killed in sectarian attack

ISLAMABAD A prominent member of Pakistan's minority Ahmadi community and relative of its first Nobel Prize winner was gunned down on Thursday in an attack claimed by banned militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.

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Netanyahu set to approve first West Bank settlement for 20 years

JERUSALEM Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he expected to sign off on Thursday on building the first new settlement in the occupied West Bank for two decades, even as he negotiates with Washington on a possible curb on settlement activity.

Israel 8:43am EDT

Syrian rebels seize swathes of south as Islamic State retreats

AMMAN Syrian rebels have seized large areas from Islamic State in southern Syria in the last two weeks as the jihadist group prepares to defend its Raqqa stronghold in the north from a U.S.-backed assault, rebel commanders say.

Syria 8:12am EDT

Tillerson tells frustrated Turks: U.S. faces tough choices in Syria

ANKARA U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged on Thursday that Washington faced difficult choices in the fight against Islamic State in Syria but sought to downplay differences with NATO ally Turkey over support for Kurdish militia fighters.

Turkey, Syria 9:40am EDT

Germany deporting more 'potential attackers' after Berlin attack

BERLIN Germany has deported 10 potential attackers since January as part of a tougher approach toward failed asylum seekers after one of them killed 12 people in an attack on a Berlin Christmas market, security sources said on Thursday.

Germany 9:03am EDT

Merkel's political allies vow united front on Brexit

ST JULIAN'S, Malta Pro-European allies of German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday set out a firm line on Britain's exit negotiations, including an exit bill for London among the main priorities of the EU's overall stance.

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