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#Jordan clears Abu Qatada of terror charges

A Jordanian court has acquitted Salafist preacher Abu Qatada of charges of providing spiritual and material support for a plot to attack tourists during Jordan's New Year celebrations in 2000.

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Kurds flee as clashes rage in northern #Syria

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Fierce fighting between Kurdish forces and fighters belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is continuing around the Syrian town of Kobane, sparking an exodus into nearby Turkey.

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Fresh US air strikes hit #ISIL in #Syria

ISIL fightersThe United States military has confirmed it had launched a fresh round of air strikes on Syria, targeting fighters of Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), in a second day of attacks on the armed group in war-ravaged country.

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#Israel kills suspects in teen settler deaths

An Israeli army spokesman has said two Palestinians suspected of the fatal abduction of three Israeli teenage settlers in June have been killed in a shootout with Israeli forces.

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Obama vows more strikes on #ISIL in #Syria

strikes on ISILUS President Barack Obama has said that the participation of five Arab nations in Syria airstrikes against Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters "makes it clear to the world this is not America's fight alone".

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#Yemen president warns of civil war

Abrabuh Mansour HadiYemeni President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi has vowed to restore state authority and warned of a "civil war" in the Sunni-majority country as Shia rebels were seen in near-total control of the capital, Sanaa.

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#Israel shoots down Syrian warplane over Golan

MiG-21 fighter jet The Israeli military has shot down a Syrian aircraft that it said had infiltrated it airspace over the Golan Heights.

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#ISIL posts second video of UK hostage

John CantlieThe Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has released a video showing British journalist John Cantlie, who is being held hostage by the fighters, appearing to criticise US-led attacks on the group, the SITE monitoring service has said.

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US and allies strike #ISIL targets in #Syria

allies strikeUS forces who bombed Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters in Syria also targeted a separate armed group plotting an imminent attack against US and Western forces, the US defence ministry has said.

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Syrian jets bomb rebels near Lebanon's Arsal

Syrian war planes have bombed several targets near the Lebanese border town of Arsal where hundreds of Syrian rebels are holed up.

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