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Kidnapped Iranian diplomat rescued in #Yemen

Seized by al-Qaeda two years ago, Nour-Ahmad Nikbakht arrives back home after being freed in a military operation.

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'Barrel bombs kill 10' in Syria's Aleppo

Activist and monitoring group accuse government forces of attacking a shop and causing a fire that burned bystanders.

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ISIL fighters bulldoze ancient Assyrian palace in #Iraq

Reported demolition at Nimrud comes less than a week after a video was released showing destruction at Mosul Museum.

 Winged-bull statues

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Kerry in Riyadh to calm Gulf fears on #Iran nuclear deal

US secretary of state to brief Saudi king and GCC foreign ministers on latest talks and also discuss crisis in Yemen.

John Kerry

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#Egypt interior minister replaced in cabinet reshuffle

Mohamed Ibrahim will be replaced by another police general, Magdy Abdel-Ghafar.

Mohamed Ibrahim

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Nusra Front claims assault on Aleppo security forces

Dozens of government soldiers and rebels killed in fierce clashes over control of intelligence headquarters.

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#Iraq forces working to encircle #ISIL in Tikrit

Forces still moving in from three directions, despite being slowed by suicide bombers, sniper fire and booby traps.

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US defence secretary slams official over Mosul briefing

Ash Carter says US official gave inaccurate information on Iraqi mission to take city and should not have briefed media.

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#Iran FM rejects Obama's 10-year nuclear-freeze demand

Foreign minister taking part in talks with US in Switzerland said to have described demand as "excessive and illogical".

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Egyptian court suspends parliamentary elections

Administrative Court delays voting, which was set to take place in phases beginning on March 22.

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