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Deadline looms as #Gaza truce efforts continue

Israeli offensive Egyptian mediators have been racing to bridge gaps between Palestinians and Israelis as they struggle to secure a lasting Gaza truce before the midnight expiry of a three-day ceasefire.

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France to supply weapons to Iraqi Kurds

humanitarian aid France has said it will start supplying arms to the Kurdish forces fighting the Islamic State group, calling the situation in Iraqi Kurdistan "catastrophic".

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IS fighters capture towns in Syria's north

SyriaIslamic State fighters have captured two key towns and several villages near Syria's northern border with Turkey after pushing out rival fighters in fierce clashes, opposition groups and activists said.

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EU says states can send arms to Iraqi Kurds

The European Union has failed to agree on a joint position on supplying weapons to Iraqi Kurds battling Islamic State armed fighters, but has said individual members could send arms in coordination with Baghdad.

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US sends 130 more military advisers to #Iraq

military advisers

Another 130 US military personnel have arrived in Iraq on what the Pentagon described as a temporary mission to assess the scope of the humanitarian crisis facing thousands of displaced Iraqi civilians trapped on Sinjar Mountain.

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Suicide bomb explodes near new #Iraq PM's home

Haider al-Abadi

A suicide bomber has attacked a checkpoint near the home of Iraq's new prime minister Haider al-Abadi in Baghdad, local media and police sources said.

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Kerry condemns #Syria decapitation photo

Australian boy

US Secretary of State John Kerry has described a photograph of a Sydney-born seven-year-old boy clutching the severed head of a Syrian soldier as "disturbing" and "grotesque," and called for international co-operation against the threat posed by foreign fighters returning home from Iraq and Syria.

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Maliki stands defiant as #Iraq crisis deepens

Nuri al-MalikiNuri al-Maliki, Iraq's incumbent prime minister, has told army officers that they should not intervene in the country's political crisis.

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#Gaza residents return to destroyed homes

Gaza residentsPalestinians were trying to return to a semblance of their normal lives in Gaza on Tuesday as a 72-hour truce entered its second day and negotiators sat down in Cairo to seek a permanent end to hostilities.

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Egypt's Rabaa deaths 'crime against humanity'

Rabaa deathsA new report has alleged that the Egyptian security forces' killings of at least 1,000 protesters at the Rabaa al-Adawiya Square sit-in last year in Cairo "most likely amount to crimes against humanity".

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