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#Iran minister dismissal deals blow to Rouhani

President Hassan RouhaniIranian politicians have dismissed the country's science minister over his alleged support for pro-Western voices at universities, dealing a blow to moderate President Hassan Rouhani.

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IS group says beheads US journalist

The Islamic State group has released a video purportedly showing the beheading of US journalist James Foley, who had gone missing in Syria nearly two years ago.

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Islamic State is our top enemy: Saudi mufti

Saudi Arabia's highest religious authority has condemned the armed groups Islamic State and al-Qaeda as apostates and labelled them the "number one enemy of Islam".

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#Egypt calls for US restraint over #Ferguson

Egypt's foreign ministry has called on the US to show restraint in its reaction to protests in Missouri, according to a report in local news provider, Ahram Online.

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#Syria chemical destruction enters final phase

The most crucial part of the operation to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons has been completed, the organisation charged with their destruction has said.

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#Gaza truce in tatters as violence resumes

Israeli air strike in RafahA week-long truce in Gaza has collapsed in tatters after Palestinian fighters launched rockets into Israel and Israel attacked "terror sites" inside the enclave.

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#Iraq army advances towards rebel-held Tikrit

TikritIraqi forces have launched an operation to retake Tikrit, the hometown of toppled President Saddam Hussein, from Islamic State fighters.

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Gaza truce extended by 24 hours

civilians in GazaIsrael and Palestinian leaders have agreed to extend a Gaza truce by another 24 hours, minutes before an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire was set to expire, officials on both sides have said.

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Saudi beheads four men for smuggling drugs

Four Saudi men have been beheaded by sword after being convicted of smuggling cannabis into the country, the interior ministry has said.

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#Iran rocked by 6.3 magnitude earthquake

A 6.3 magnitude earthquake has struck a remote area in western Iran, leaving dozens injured and causing considerable damage.

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