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#Egypt navy vessels come under attack

The Egyptian military said one of its navy vessels came under a "terrorist" attack in the Mediterranean, leaving five servicemen injured and eight others missing at sea.

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#Israel approves new #Jerusalem settler homes

Israeli authorities have given preliminary approval to build 200 new illegal settler homes in east Jerusalem, in a move that threatened to push Israelis and Palestinians deeper into conflict after weeks of unrest over the city's holiest sites.

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Kerry in Amman to discuss #Jerusalem unrest

Israel, US and Jordan

Israel's prime minister is in Amman to attend three-way talks with Jordan's King Abdullah and John Kerry, the US secretary of state, aimed at calming tensions grippling Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.

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#ISIL leader calls for attacks in audio clip

ISIL

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has released an audio recording it says is of its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, just days after targeted air strikes in Iraq led to rumours he had been wounded or killed.

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Iraqi PM removes dozens of commanders

Iraq's military

Iraq's prime minister has dismissed several top military commanders in a move seen as his boldest since he came to office in September.

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Syrian rebels reject UN's Aleppo truce plan

The opposition-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) in Aleppo has rejected a UN truce proposal that seeks to suspend fighting in Syria's second city, a day after the government hinted at considering it.

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#Egypt reports attack on naval patrol

Egypt's state news agency is reporting that a naval patrol near one of the country's Mediterranean ports has come under attack from three boats, prompting an exchange of fire that wounded no sailors.

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Explosions in #Baghdad leave many dead

Three separate attacks have killed at least 17 people, including 11 government security forces, and injured 40 in and around Baghdad, according to police and hospital officials.

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Civilians killed in #ISIL attack on #Kobane

Three civilians have been killed in shelling by fighters belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group  in the border town of Kobane.

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Israeli settlers blamed for burning mosque

West Bank

Palestinian officials say Israeli settlers have torched a mosque in the occupied West Bank, amid growing religious tensions and violence.

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