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Al Jazeera English - Middle East - Saudi troops killed at Yemen border

Al Jazeera English - Middle East - Saudi troops killed at Yemen border: "Four Saudi soldiers have been killed in an operation to seize back a border post from Yemeni Houthi fighters, Saudi Arabia's state television has said.

Following the clashes, Saudi forces seized the position back from the fighters and 'destroyed' them, the report added on Tuesday.

The latest casualties bring the death toll of Saudi soldiers in the border conflict with the Yemeni fighters to 82. Twenty-one others are reported missing."

Africans blocked as Jerusalem acts to guard 'Jewish character' | The Australian

Africans blocked as Jerusalem acts to guard 'Jewish character' | The Australian: "ISRAEL yesterday announced plans for a new border fence, this one aimed at keeping out African migrants rather than Palestinian bombers.

Construction of the fence, to be built along the border with Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, is aimed at stemming the inflow in recent years of thousands of Sudanese and other Africans across the open frontier seeking work. Residents of southern Israeli towns such as Eilat and Arad have complained of what they term an overwhelming influx that has hurt their quality of life.

In approving construction of a fence along the more accessible stretches of the 170km-long border, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu termed it 'a strategic decision to secure Israel's Jewish and democratic character'."

Rival Somali Islamic militias clash, killing 14 - World - TheState.com

Rival Somali Islamic militias clash, killing 14 - World - TheState.com: "MOGADISHU, Somalia -- At least 14 people have been killed in clashes between rival Islamic militias battling for control of a strategic western Somali town, witnesses said on Monday.

A moderate Islamic group allied to the government, Ahlu Sunna Waljama, launched an attack Sunday against its rival in Belet Weyne, which borders Ethiopia and is on a major road leading to the capital, the witnesses said. The clashes between Ahlu Sunna Waljama and Hizbul Islam continued Monday.

Belet Weyne resident Omar Adam said he saw the bodies of eight people, mostly civilians, on the streets. Another resident, Ibrahim Qayle, separately said he has counted six bodies belonging to Islamic fighters."

Al Jazeera English - Middle East - Black Iraqis claim discrimination

Al Jazeera English - Middle East - Black Iraqis claim discrimination: "Black Iraqis in the southern province of Basra are complaining of discrimination, saying they are not fairly represented in the state.

African Iraqis have lived in the country for centuries and now number more than one million.

Many of them are descendants of African slaves brought to Iraq. Many Iraqis still refer to them by their ancestral name, abeed - meaning slaves.

Salem Shaaban is a member of the Free Movement of Iraqis, advocating more rights for African Iraqis.

He says black people in Iraq feel there is a tradition of discrimination against them in the society.

'For example when two people fight in the street and one is black and the other is white, they say X had a fight with the slave. It really hurts.'"