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UK doctor 'deliberately killed' in #Syria jail

Khan's motherAbbas Khan, the British doctor who died in a Syrian jail last year, was unlawfully killed, an inquest jury in London has ruled.

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#Lebanon army back in control of Tripoli

Lebanese soldiersLebanese soldiers have taken control of a Tripoli neighbourhood, once a base for al-Qaeda inspired fighters, after three days of fierce fighting that killed at least 16 and forced thousands to flee.

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Rebels attack army posts in Syria's Idlib

Members of the al-Qaeda-linked group Nusra Front and other Syrian rebel factions have launched attacks on multiple army checkpoints and the governor's office in the Syrian city of Idlib, prompting hours-long clashes that left at least 35 troops and rebels dead.

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Car bombings leave dozens dead in #Iraq

At least 31 people have been killed and dozens more injured in two explosions in Iraq, including one targeting security officials just south of the capital Baghdad.

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#Israel plans 1,000 settler homes in #Jerusalem

The Israeli government has said that it is advancing construction plans to build about 1,000 housing units in occupied East Jerusalem that Palestinians want to be part of their future state.

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Houthis face resistance in #Yemen province

Clashes between Sunni tribesmen and advancing Houthi rebels have killed hundreds of people in central Yemen, as Shia fighters continue to expand their control over more of the country.

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#Iran orders probe into acid attacks on women

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Iran's judiciary chief has tasked his deputy with leading a probe into several acid attacks on women that have sown fear across the Islamic republic and provoked rare protests in cities.

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Kurds 'repulse #ISIL push' in Syria's #Kobane

Kurdish forces have reportedly thwarted a new attempt by ISIL fighters to cut off the Syrian town of Kobane from the border with Turkey before Iraqi Kurdish reinforcements arrive.

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Saudi women's driving campaign gathers pace

Activists pushing for women's right-to-drive in Saudi Arabia have declared their online campaign a success, in the world's only country where women are not allowed to operate cars.

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#Egypt jails 23 activists over protests

An Egyptian court has sentenced 23 pro-democracy activists to three years in jail for holding an illegal protest, despite international calls to free them.

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