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#Hamas agrees to 24-hour truce in #Gaza

shelling of GazaHamas and other Palestinian factions have agreed to a 24-hour humanitarian truce in the Gaza Strip, starting at 2pm local time (11:00 GMT) despite Israel accusing Hamas of violating an earlier ceasefire.

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Hamas calls #Israel truce terms 'unacceptable'

PalestiniansHamas has said an Israeli offer to extend a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza is unacceptable because it does not include provision for the withdrawal of Israeli troops and for residents in the enclave to return to their homes.

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#Egypt summons Turkish envoy over Erdogan slur

Egypt has warned Turkey of "further action" as it protested for the second time in a week at the Turkish premier criticising its president and Cairo's handling of the Gaza conflict.

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Iraqi Sunni politician seized in Baghdad

A senior Sunni politician has been taken by armed men from his home in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, according to police.

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Syrian fighters reported killed in air strike

Syrian air force strike on the border with Lebanon has killed at least 20 Syrian rebel fighters, security sources say.

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Sistani: #Iraq leaders must not cling to power

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq's top cleric, has called on political leaders to refrain from clinging to their posts, in an apparent reference to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who has defied demands that he step aside.

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Bodies recovered from #Gaza rubble amid truce

Gaza StripThe bodies of dozens of Palestinians have been recovered from the rubble across the Gaza Strip in the first few hours of a 12-hour humanitarian truce, according to medics.

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'Syrian troops beheaded' in Raqqa

The Islamic State Fighters from the Islamic State group have killed at least 50 Syrian soldiers in an ambush in Syria’s northeast, summarily executing most of them after their capture, according to a monitoring group.

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Reports: Hamas and #Israel agree 12-hour truce

There are reports that Israel and Hamas have agreed a 12-hour humanitarian truce to begin at 04:00 GMT on Saturday to pause hostilities in Gaza.

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#Israel rejects US truce proposal for #Gaza

Israeli offensive on GazaThe Israeli security cabinet has rejected US proposals for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip as 33 more deaths have taken the death toll in the besieged enclave to more than 840 people.

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