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#ISIL offer to swap Japanese hostage for Iraqi woman

Group demands release of woman jailed in Jordan, in apparent video recording of killing of one of two Japanese hostages.

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US troops heading to Middle East to train #Syria rebels

Some 100 US troops to arrive in the region in next few days to set up training sites for moderate rebels, Pentagon says.

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Protest deaths mark anniversary of Egyptian uprising

At least 20 people killed in demonstrations held in Cairo and other cities, amid tightened security across the country.

Activist Shaimaa al-Sabbagh

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#Egypt court orders retrial of 152 Brotherhood members

Ruling by appeals court includes 37 sentenced to death in mass trial last year that sparked international condemnation.

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Syrian forces 'kill dozens' in barrel bomb attack

At least 42 people, including six children, killed by barrel bombs in rebel-held village near Damascus, activists say.

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UN agency criticises #Israel for razing Palestinian home

Office for Humanitarian Affairs accuses Israel of demolishing 77 Palestinians' homes in the West Bank just this week.

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Egyptian student killed ahead of uprising anniversary

Anti-government protests erupt across the country to mark anniversary of 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

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Iraqi-Kurds urge coalition to expand fight against #ISIL

Masrour Barzani , chancellor of Kurdistan's regional security, says Iraq needs boots on the ground to defeat ISIL.

Masrour Barzani

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Thousands protest Houthis' control of Sanaa

Officials in Hadramout say they will reject orders from capital after rebels run over Yemen's presidential palace.

South Yemen

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New Saudi king pledges continuity

King Salman makes top appointments and vows to walk the kingdom's straight path as King Abdullah is buried.

King Salman

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