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#Palestine formally joins International Criminal Court

Palestinians join The Hague-based International Criminal Court, setting scene for potential legal action against Israel.

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#Iraq army hunts ISIL fighters after Tikrit breakthrough

Army and allied Shia militias reconquer centre of Tikrit but pockets of ISIL fighters remain, militia leader says.

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UN says #Yemen 'on verge of total collapse'

Aid groups warn of humanitarian crisis as no external assistance reaching Yemen due to Saudi-led bombing and blockade.

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Amnesty: Alarming surge in death sentences globally

Human rights watchdog Amnesty International says Egypt and Nigeria account for steep rise in death sentences in 2014.

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US lifts arms embargo on #Egypt

Supply of military equipment to Egypt resumes after it was frozen when the military took power in Cairo two years ago.

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Iraqi forces take back central Tikrit from ISIL

Haider al-Abadi says Iraqi forces reach centre of Saddam Hussein's home city as operation under way to take whole city.

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#ISIL 'seizes parts' of Yarmouk district in Damascus

Fighters reportedly take control over large parts of besieged neighbourhood inhabited mainly by Palestinian refugees.

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#Iran nuclear talks drag past deadline as hurdles remain

US says enough progress made to warrant extension as negotiators from Iran and west renew efforts to hammer out deal.

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#Yemen factory workers killed in Hodaida air strike

Medical sources say 23 workers were killed in the strike on a dairy factory in the Red Sea port city of Hodaida.

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Assad: #Russia signed arms deals during #Syria conflict

Syrian president appears to contradict Russian claims that Moscow supplies weapons under contracts signed before revolt.

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