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#Syria 's Assad sworn in for third term

Bashar al-Assad has been sworn in for a third term as Syria's president in a ceremony in Damascus, after an election his opponents said was a "farce".

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#Israel to temporarily halt fire in #Gaza Strip

Gaza Strip Israel has agreed to hold a five-hour cease-fire to allow UN humanitarian aid to enter the Gaza Strip, the Israeli military said.

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#Israel targets homes of senior #Hamas leaders

Israel has intensified its bombing campaign of the Gaza Strip, targeting the houses of senior Hamas leaders as the death toll of its nine-day campaign in the Palestinian enclave hit 208.

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Istanbul may force Syrian refugees into camps

Syrian refugees Turkey will take "drastic measures" to deal with the influx of tens of thousands of Syrian refugees into its biggest city Istanbul, including forcibly sending them to camps in the southeast, the city's top official said.

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#UAE plans unmanned mission to Mars by 2021

The United Arab Emirates announced it will create a space agency with the aim of sending the first Arab unmanned probe to Mars by 2021.

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#Israel intensifies bombardment on #Gaza

Residents ZeitounThe Israeli army intensified its bombing of Gaza on Wednesday, hitting the homes of senior Hamas leaders and carrying out more than 50 airstrikes in a heavily-populated area in the northern strip.

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Life sentences for #Egypt sexual assaults

Cairo's Tahrir SquareAn Egyptian court has sentenced seven men to life imprisonment for sexually harassing and attacking women during a number of public rallies in Cairo's Tahrir Square.

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Rebels repel Iraqi attempt to retake Tikrit

Islamic State groupIraqi forces have withdrawn from the rebel-held northern Iraqi city of Tikrit after a new push to retake the city met heavy resistance, soldiers involved in the operation said.

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Iraqi army launches assault on Tikrit

The Iraqi army has launched an assault to retake the rebel-held city of Tikrit, security officials said.

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Israeli cabinet approves Egyptian truce plan

Israel's cabinet has accepted an Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire to end a week of conflict in Gaza that has killed 192 Palestinians, but the Palestinian group Hamas has not officially reacted.

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