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Toll mounts as #Israel shells northern #Gaza

GazaAt least 34 people have been killed in Gaza after Israeli army bombardment intensifies on the second day of a ground offensive it says is aimed at destroying Hamas' cross-border tunnels.

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Christians flee from Islamic State threats

Islamic State groupChristian families have abandoned their homes and fled Mosul after the Sunni rebel group, the Islamic State, threatened them with death if they did not convert to Islam or pay tax.

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US cautions Israel on civilian casualties

GazaIsrael has warned it could "significantly widen" a Gaza land offensive but was cautioned by its main ally, the United States, about the risks of further escalation as Palestinian civilian deaths mounted.

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#Iran nuclear talks given four month extension

ashton-zarifIran and six world powers have agreed to a four-month extension of negotiations on a nuclear deal with Tehran after failing to meet a July 20 deadline due to "significant gaps" between the two sides, the European Union and Iran said on Saturday.

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#Iraq Christians told to convert or face death

The Islamic State group has threatened Christians in the Iraqi city of Mosul with death if they do not to convert to Islam or pay a tax.The Sunni rebel group issued the orders in a letter after Friday prayers.

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UN: more than 5,000 killed in #Iraq this year

The United Nations has said at least 5,576 civilians have been killed by violence in Iraq this year.

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#Gaza toll rises as Israel widens invasion

Benjamin Netanyahu has said that Israel is prepared for a "significant expansion" of the ground invasion in Gaza, after overnight bombardments killed dozens of Palestinians.

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Shia volunteers flock to defend Iraqi shrine

Followers of the Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr have gathered in the Iraqi city of Samarra, home to the Askari shrine, one of the most venerated sites for Shia Muslims.

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#Israel threatens to step up #Gaza invasion

Palestinian deathIsrael says it may broaden a ground assault that is says is aimed at destroying Hamas' network of cross-border tunnels, amid a land, sea and air offensive that has killed at least 275 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

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Deaths in bomb attacks in #Baghdad area

At least 11 people were killed in two separate bomb attacks in and near the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, local officials said.

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