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Iraq army seizes town near Erbil after fierce clashes

Kurdish forces lose more territory to Iraqi forces in disputed area of northern Iraq, army says.

Iraqi army tank

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'100,000 flee Kirkuk' since Iraqi army takeover

Thousands of families need urgent assistance, official says, as UN raises concern over reports of Kurds being displaced.

Displaced Iraqi Kurds

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Palestinian official: Unity deal will aid peace process

Palestinian parties say they will stand firm after statement from US official against Hamas' role in unity government.

Hamas and Fatah signed a unity deal

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Israel closes Palestinian media groups in West Bank

Israeli soldier

The Israeli army closed several Palestinian media companies in the occupied West Bank in a wave of raids overnight Tuesday, drawing criticism from the Palestinian Authority (PA).

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Dying Palestinian teen longs for imprisoned father

Majd Tahhan's only wish is to see his imprisoned father, fearing he may soon part with life as he battles leukaemia.

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Khamenei hailed European position on nuclear deal

Iran’s top authority Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday Iran would not walk out of the multinational nuclear deal and welcomed backing given by its European signatories.

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Iraq's military declares mission accomplished in Kirkuk

The 48-hour offensive saw Kurdish forces entirely confined to their long-standing three-province autonomous region.

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Qatar accuses Saudi Arabia of promoting 'regime change'

Foreign minister says Riyadh 'bringing back the dark ages' during its four-month long blockade of its Gulf neighbour.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani

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ISIL capitalises on Peshmerga retreat in northern Iraq

ISIL's gains come as the Iraqi military continues its major operation to retake the oil-rich province of Kirkuk.

Iraqi army

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Peshmerga: Baghdad to pay heavy price for declaring war

Kurdish forces call Iraqi forces' campaign in Kirkuk 'a declaration of war', as PM Abadi tells them to cooperate.

Iraqi forces

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