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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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Army battles armed groups in Lebanese city

Lebanese soldiersThe Lebanese army has brought tanks and commando forces into the northern city of Tripoli, where fighting with ISIL- and al-Qaeda-inspired fighters has intensified and spread to nearby areas.

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#Egypt blames 'foreign hands' in Sinai attacks

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has warned that Egypt faces a threat to its existence from what he called "terrorists", blaming "foreign-funded operation" for the deadly attacks that killed 31 soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula.

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Lebanese army cracks down on 'ISIL suspects'

The Lebanese army has carried out raids in the northern city of Tripoli, searching homes of individuals with alleged links to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and other groups.

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Drone strikes 'al-Qaeda stronghold' in #Yemen

At least 10 suspected al-Qaeda fighters have been killed in a US drone strike in southern Yemen.

The strike on Friday happened near Radaa city, where Shia Houthi rebels are trying to seize territory held by al-Qaeda.

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#ISIL pounded as Iraqi and Kurd forces advance

ISIL's offensiveGround offensives by the Iraqi army and Kurdish forces, backed by a barrage of US air raids, have forced ISIL fighters from several key towns in the north and south of Iraq, officials said.

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#Iran hangs woman despite international uproar

executionIran has executed a 26-year-old woman convicted for killing a man who she said tried to sexually abuse her.

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#Egypt declares state of emergency in Sinai

state of emergency in Sinai Egypt has declared a state of emergency in the north and centre of the Sinai Peninsula after a suicide car bombing killed at least 30 soldiers.

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Amnesty: #Iran set to hang woman at dawn

Amnesty International is calling on Iran to suspend the imminent hanging of a 26-year-old woman convicted for the killing of a man whom she said tried to sexually abuse her.

Read more: Amnesty: #Iran set to hang woman at dawn

   

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