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Iraqi Sunnis open to backing new PM

Sunni representativesTribal leaders and clerics from Iraq's Sunni heartland who staged a revolt against outgoing prime minister Nuri al-Maliki's Shia-led government would be willing to join the new administration if certain conditions are met, a spokesman for the group has said.

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Gazans return to ruined homes as truce holds

piles of rubbleMany Palestinians living close to the Israeli border have returned to piles of rubble where their homes once stood, as a fragile five-day ceasefire extension between Hamas and Israel entered its second day.

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Maliki steps down as #Iraq prime minister

Nouri al-Maliki

Nouri al-Maliki has stepped down as Iraq's prime minister and given his backing to Haider al-Abadi as his successor, Iraqi state TV reported.

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Deaths at protests marking Egypt's Rabaa

Four people have been killed in Cairo during protests to mark the first anniversary of the Rabaa crackdown in which at least 1,000 people died.

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Saudis give UN $100m 'to fight terrorism'

Saudi Arabia has handed over a cheque for $100m to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to help finance the UN's centre to combat global terrorism.

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#Gaza truce holding despite shaky start

A renewed truce between Israel and Hamas appeared to be holding despite a shaky start, after both sides agreed to give Egyptian-brokered talks more time to try to end the Gaza war.

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UN declares #Iraq emergency amid clashes

FallujahThe United Nations has declared its highest level of emergency in Iraq as fresh clashes between government troops and Sunni rebels killed four children west of Baghdad.

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#Hamas: Peace deal must meet people's demands

IsraelHamas has said it will not sign a peace deal with Israel that fails to meet the demands of its people.

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#Bahrain jails 14 for life over killing

BahrainA court in Bahrain has sentenced 14 men to life imprisonment for the killing of a policeman last year, state news agency BNA and a lawyer have said.

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US rescue of Iraq's #Yazidis now 'less likely'

Iraq's Yazidis

A US mission to evacuate Iraqi civilians trapped on a mountain by the Islamic State group is far less likely after a US assessment team sent there found the humanitarian situation was not as bad as expected, the Pentagon said.

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