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#Iraq presses Hagel for more strikes on #ISIL

PM Haider al-Abbadi tells US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel that Baghdad needs more military aid in fight against ISIL.

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Palestinian minister dies at protest

Ziad Abu Ein beaten by Israeli security forces and choked on tear gas during olive-tree planting in West Bank.

Ziad Abu Ein

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UN resumes food aid for Syrian refugees

World Food Programme to restart aid to 1.7 million refugees after it received enough donations to fund halted programme.

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#GCC announces steps to bolster security

Six-member bloc agrees to work towards creating joint naval defence force and common anti-terror police force.

Gulf Cooperation Council

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New pledges made to resettle Syrian refugees

UN says at least 28 countries around the world have agreed to take in more than a 100,000 refugees.

Syrian refugees

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Deadly bomb blast hits #Bahrain village

Explosion kills a Bahraini national in a village southeast of capital Manama, in second attack within 24 hours.

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#Bahrain policeman killed in bomb attack

Authorities accuse Lebanese group Hezbollah of providing bomb for attack that kills on-duty policeman.

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Suicide bombers attack #Yemen military complex

Two cars explode at military command centre in eastern Hadramout province killing seven people, official says.

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UN launches huge humanitarian appeal for 2015

UN says $16.4bn must be found to address needs of 102 million people caught in world's conflicts.

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#GCC summit looks to tackle #Iran and #ISIL

Meeting in Doha to push forward plans to counter regional foe Iran and armed groups.

GCC

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