Five freed

SIRTE, Libya – Libyan pro-government forces have freed five foreign nationals held by Islamic State in Sirte after heavy fighting in their battle to capture the final district of the city, a local official said on Thursday. Two of the freed foreigners were from Turkey, two from India and one from Bangladesh.

Suspect killed

JERUSALEM – Israeli troops on Thursday shot dead a Palestinian whom they suspected had thrown rocks at them as they patrolled a main West Bank road, the military said. The Palestinian health ministry named him as 15-year-old Khaled Bahar from Beit Umar, near the city of Hebron in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Eight detained

BEIRUT – Lebanon has detained eight Syrians accused of plotting suicide bomb attacks at popular tourist spots and on Lebanon’s UN peacekeeping force, Lebanon’s intelligence agency said on Thursday. A series of bomb attacks have struck Lebanon since the beginning of neighbouring Syria’s civil war in 2011, some of them linked by security forces to militant groups based in Syria.

Coup probe

ISTANBUL – Turkey detained 40 soldiers from an air base in the central Anatolian city of Konya as part of investigations into July’s failed military coup, Turkish media outlets said on Thursday.

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