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Yemen's Houthi rebels advance into Sanaa

SanaaYemen's government troops have been battling Houthi rebels for a third day in the capital Sanaa after the collapse of ceasefire talks, officials and residents say.

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Turkish hostages seized in #Iraq freed

Turkish hostagesForty-six Turkish hostages seized by fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in June have been brought safely back to Turkey by the country's intelligence agency, according to Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey's prime minister.

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Thousands of Syrian Kurds flee #ISIL advance

Syrian KurdsTens of thousands of Syrian Kurds have crossed into Turkey over the past day, fleeing an advance by fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), who have seized dozens of villages close to the border, Turkish officials say.

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Syria's Nusra Front kills Lebanese soldier

Lebanese soldier

The Nusra Front, al-Qaeda's wing in Syria, has killed one of ten Lebanese soldiers it had been holding in captivity, Lebanese security sources and a statement on Twitter said.

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#Yemen fighting rages as truce talks collapse

Yemen fightingThe United Nations has failed to mediate a peace deal between Yemen's Houthi rebels and the government, as Shia fighters advanced into the capital in an escalation of violence that has brought the country to the verge of a civil war.

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#France launches first strikes on #ISIL in #Iraq

French President Francois HollandeFrance has carried out its first air strikes in Iraq against positions of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, joining a US-led operation to defeat the rebel group.

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Houthi rebels shell #Yemen state TV office

Yemen state TV officeHouthi rebels have shelled Yemen's state television offices in Sanaa as they push into the capital, forcing hundreds of residents to flee out of fear of an escalation of violence, according to local officials.

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#Iran 'Happy' dancers get suspended sentences

'Happy' dancersSix Iranians who were accused of obscene behaviour for appearing in a video singing along to the American pop song "Happy" have been handed suspended sentences of 91 lashes and six months in prison.

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Kurds call for help to fight #ISIL in #Syria

Kurdish groups

Islamic State fighters have besieged a Kurdish city in northern Syria after seizing 21 villages in a major assault, prompting a call to arms from Kurds in neighbouring Turkey who urged followers to go and help resist the group's advance.

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#France to strike #ISIL in #Iraq but not #Syria

France will not carry out military action against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group in Syria, but will soon begin air strikes to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces in Iraq, President Francois Hollande has said.

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