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Lawyer: Knight will be cleared...IS group claims attack in Sinai...17 dead in Iraq violence



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COMPTON, Calif. (AP) — The attorney for Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge (shug)" Knight says he's "confident" of his client's eventual exoneration in an incident where he ran over and killed a friend and injured another man. Attorney James Blatt says Knight was fleeing attackers and the incident was an accident. Authorities say it's being investigated as a homicide and that it appears Knight back into the victims with a pickup truck and then drove forward and struck them again.

EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian officials say deadly simultaneous attacks on more than a dozen targets in the restive Sinai Peninsula required a previously unseen level of coordination. An Egyptian militant group affiliated with the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attacks that killed at least 26 security officers late last night. An Egyptian army spokesman immediately blamed former Islamist President Mohammed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Officials say fighting and bombings in Iraq have killed 17 people. In northern Iraq, a senior Kurdish military commander and eight Kurdish fighters died in clashes with Islamic State militants. And Iraqi officials say a twin bombing at a crowded market in Baghdad has killed eight people. A second bomb struck as people were responding to the first blast.

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian authorities have conducted another anti-terrorism sweep and detained four suspects. Officials say the sweep is linked to the recruitment of potential jihadis to go fight in Syria. Police searched 22 homes mostly in northeastern Belgium, but found no weapons, explosives or ammunition.

KHOST, Afghanistan (AP) — Khost (hohst) and Paktika, among the most dangerous provinces in eastern Afghanistan, are becoming an unlikely refuge for tens of thousands of Pakistanis trying to escape a military operation in their own country. It marks a reversal of a tide of Afghans fleeing to Pakistan to escape violence. Pakistan's military has been targeting militants in the lawless North Waziristan tribal region.

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