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CAIRO -- An Egyptian police officer was killed and another injured on Saturday while trying to defuse a bomb in a church in Cairo, state-run MENA news agency reported.

The incident happened two days ahead of Coptic Christmas which is observed by Coptic Egyptians. (Egypt-Police-Bomb Disposal)

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PARIS -- French President Emmanuel Macron denounced on Saturday via Twitter "extreme violence" from "yellow vest" protests which gathered some 50,000 people across the country.

"Once again, extreme violence came to attack the Republic - its guardians, its representatives, its symbols. Those who commit these acts forget the heart of our civic compact. Justice will be done. Everyone must pill themselves together to bring about debate and dialogue," Macron tweeted. (France-Macron-Yellow Vest)

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ADEN, Yemen -- An elderly woman and a child were killed and 16 others, mostly children, were injured in mortar shelling launched by Houthi rebels in Yemen's southwestern province of Taiz on Saturday, said a local official.

"The Houthis randomly shelled the 7th July neighborhood with mortar shells, leaving a woman and a child killed while 16 others injured mostly children," the official said on condition of anonymity. (Yemen-Mortar Shelling)

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DAMASCUS -- A total of 120 rebel fighters have been killed over the past five days of intense battles to stop the advance of the al-Qaida-linked groups in a part of the demilitarized zone in northern Syria, a war monitor reported Saturday.

The slain rebels were killed during the battles between the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the umbrella group of the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front, and the Turkey-backed rebels of the Nour al-Din al-Zenki, a part of the bigger umbrella of the National Liberation Front, in the western countryside of Aleppo, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (Syria-Al-Qaida) Enditem

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