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#Yemen capital gripped by huge rival protests

Tens of thousands of supporters of Yemen's Shia rebels have rallied in the capital Sanaa to press for the government to step down, as a large number of its backers held a counter-demonstration.

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Obama admits 'no strategy' on IS in #Syria

Barack Obama has said the US has "no strategy" against the Islamic State in Syria but said officials had been asked to prepare a range of military options for confronting the group.

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Islamic State 'waterboarded' prisoners

At least four hostages held by the Islamic State group in Syria, including the murdered American journalist James Foley, were "waterboarded" in the early part of their captivity, a US newspaper has reported.

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UN says #Syria refugees top three million mark

Syria refugeesThe United Nations says the civil war in Syria has forced more than three million people to flee the country, an increase of one million in the past year alone.

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Islamic State group executes Syrian soldiers

Islamic State groupThe Islamic State group has killed dozens of Syrian soldiers it captured after overrunning a military base in northeastern Syria.

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UN soldiers seized by rebels in Golan Heights

Golan HeightsAl-Qaeda linked Syrian rebels have been accused of seizing 43 UN soldiers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and trapped another 81 in the region, the UN has said.

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Mum pleads for life of Islamic State hostage

Shirley Sotloff

An American woman has pleaded for the life of her journalist son, held hostage in Syria by the Islamic State group, just over a week after self-declared jihadists beheaded a fellow US reporter and threatened more murders.

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#Israel says #Hamas 'hit hard' in #Gaza fighting

Benjamin NetanyahuIsrael has made its first official reaction to the ceasefire it signed with Hamas, saying the Palestinian group that runs Gaza has been dealt a major blow and that it did not receive any demands it had made.

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US man 'fighting for IS group' dies in #Syria

Douglas McCain

A US citizen suspected of fighting alongside Islamic State group fighters, who have seized large swathes of Iraq and Syria, has been killed in Syria, a US official has said.

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Yemeni president urges rebels to leave Sanaa

Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi has urged Shia rebel leader Abdulmalik al-Houthi to withdraw his protesting followers from the capital following the failure of negotiations on their demands.

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