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#Israel kills two men in West Bank clashes

Israeli police have shot dead at least two Palestinians during a massive protest in the occupied West Bank, just north of Jerusalem, in support of those under siege in Gaza.

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UN sends aid to #Syria without regime consent

The UN has sent its first humanitarian aid convoy into rebel-held areas of Syria without government consent on Thursday, as UN chief Ban Ki-moon accused warring parties of denying assistance to millions as a tactic of war.

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#Iraq gets new president as violence rages

Fuad MassoumIraq's parliament has chosen the Kurdish politician Fuad Massoum as its new president, as violence continued to rock the capital and Sunni fighters battled the Iraqi army in the north of the country.

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UN: Islamic State orders female circumcision

The Islamic State group has ordered females in its territory in Iraq to undergo female circumcision, the UN's resident and humanitarian coordinator in Iraq has said - a claim rejected by activists linked to the group.

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Ceasefire efforts continue amid #Gaza deaths

John Kerry, US secretary of state, is in Cairo for the second time in 48 hours to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, as the Israeli military presses on with its offensive against the Gaza Strip.

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UN shelter in #Gaza 'struck by Israeli shells'

UN shelter in GazaAt least 15 people have been reported killed and 200 injured when shells hit a UN school in northern Gaza which was being used as a shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside.

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Attack on #Iraq prisoner convoy kills dozens

Abu Ghraib prisonAt least 60 people have died in clashes after suicide bombers and fighters attacked a bus transferring convicts from a prison north of Baghdad, according to Iraqi police.

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@Hamas rejects #Gaza truce unless blockade ends

Hamas leader Khaled MeshaalHamas has rejected a ceasefire to end the 16-day offensive against Gaza unless Israel ends its blockade of the strip, its leader Khaled Meshaal has said.

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#Israel pounds #Gaza amid renewed truce efforts

Israeli forces have pounded multiple sites across the Gaza Strip, including the enclave's only power station, as diplomats intensified efforts to end the bloodshed.

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Dozens dead in #Baghdad suicide blast

A suicide driver has rammed his explosive-laden car into a police checkpoint in Baghdad, killing 31 people, including more than a dozen civilians, en route to a Shia shrine.

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