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#Baghdad rocked by bombs during Shia festival

At least 33 people have been killed in three bomb attacks in Shia areas of Baghdad as residents distributed sweets for the Eid al-Ghadir Shia Muslim feast.

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Dozens die in #Egypt road accident

At least 30 people have been killed in a crash involving three minibuses in Egypt's southern Aswan province, medical and security sources said.

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#Egypt students plan more university protests

University staff in Egypt have planned fresh protests against new government measures restricting political dissent in colleges and proposing stricter laws for faculty members.

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Kerry: Saving #Kobane not part of strategy

John Kerry has said the US is deeply concerned about the "tragedy" in the Syrian town of Kobane, where self-declared jihadist fighters have been tightening their grip.

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UN chief slams 'provocations' in #Jerusalem

The al-Aqsa complex

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has spoken out against "provocations" at Jerusalem's holy sites, hours after Israeli police clashed with Palestinian protesters near al-Aqsa mosque.

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#Yemen names new prime minister to end crisis

Yemen's president, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, has appointed the country's envoy to the United Nations, Khaled Bahah, as prime minister, according to an aide.

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Iraqi city falls to #ISIL as army withdraws

Shia militiasThe Iraqi army has withdrawn from its last base in the city of Hit in Anbar province following weeks of fighting with the ISIL, leaving the group in full control, security sources have said.

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#Egypt universities rocked by fresh protests

Egypt studentsUniversity students in Egypt have staged new protests against government measures restricting political dissent in educational institutions.

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Fresh clashes erupt around Al-Aqsa compound

Al-Aqsa mosque Israeli police have clashed with young Palestinian protesters demonstrating against Jews visiting the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, Islam's third holiest site.

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Kurds holding line as #ISIL push on town

Kurdish fighters have thwarted an advance by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) into the heart of the besieged Syrian town of Kobane, according to a monitoring group.

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