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#Yemen fighting rages as truce talks collapse

Yemen fightingThe United Nations has failed to mediate a peace deal between Yemen's Houthi rebels and the government, as Shia fighters advanced into the capital in an escalation of violence that has brought the country to the verge of a civil war.

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#France launches first strikes on #ISIL in #Iraq

French President Francois HollandeFrance has carried out its first air strikes in Iraq against positions of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, joining a US-led operation to defeat the rebel group.

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Houthi rebels shell #Yemen state TV office

Yemen state TV officeHouthi rebels have shelled Yemen's state television offices in Sanaa as they push into the capital, forcing hundreds of residents to flee out of fear of an escalation of violence, according to local officials.

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#Iran 'Happy' dancers get suspended sentences

'Happy' dancersSix Iranians who were accused of obscene behaviour for appearing in a video singing along to the American pop song "Happy" have been handed suspended sentences of 91 lashes and six months in prison.

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Kurds call for help to fight #ISIL in #Syria

Kurdish groups

Islamic State fighters have besieged a Kurdish city in northern Syria after seizing 21 villages in a major assault, prompting a call to arms from Kurds in neighbouring Turkey who urged followers to go and help resist the group's advance.

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#France to strike #ISIL in #Iraq but not #Syria

France will not carry out military action against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group in Syria, but will soon begin air strikes to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces in Iraq, President Francois Hollande has said.

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Deaths as multiple bombs rock Baghdad

Iraqi capitalThree suicide car bombs were detonated in the Shia Baghdad neighbourhood of Kadhimiya followed by 12 mortar rounds fired from outside the district, killing at least 23 people and wounding 56 people, security sources said.

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#ISIL releases new video of UK hostage

John Cantlie

The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has released a video that purports to show British journalist John Cantlie in captivity saying he will soon reveal "facts" about the group to counter its portrayal in Western media.

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#Bahrain activist Maryam al-Khawaja released

Maryam Abdulhadi al-Khawaja

Bahrain has released Shia political activist Maryam Abdulhadi al-Khawaja but the charges against her still stand, the Gulf state's interior ministry said in a statement.

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Al-Qaeda-inspired group claims Sinai attack

Egypt's Ansar Beit al-Maqdis armed group has claimed  responsibility for the killing of six policemen in a roadside bomb attack in the western Sinai Peninsula, where security forces frequently clash with rebels.The Sinai-grown group, whose name means "Partisans of Jerusalem", is behind a series of attacks that have largely targeted security forces in response to a deadly government crackdown on supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

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