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Istanbul may force Syrian refugees into camps

Syrian refugees Turkey will take "drastic measures" to deal with the influx of tens of thousands of Syrian refugees into its biggest city Istanbul, including forcibly sending them to camps in the southeast, the city's top official said.

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#UAE plans unmanned mission to Mars by 2021

The United Arab Emirates announced it will create a space agency with the aim of sending the first Arab unmanned probe to Mars by 2021.

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#Israel intensifies bombardment on #Gaza

Residents ZeitounThe Israeli army intensified its bombing of Gaza on Wednesday, hitting the homes of senior Hamas leaders and carrying out more than 50 airstrikes in a heavily-populated area in the northern strip.

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Life sentences for #Egypt sexual assaults

Cairo's Tahrir SquareAn Egyptian court has sentenced seven men to life imprisonment for sexually harassing and attacking women during a number of public rallies in Cairo's Tahrir Square.

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Rebels repel Iraqi attempt to retake Tikrit

Islamic State groupIraqi forces have withdrawn from the rebel-held northern Iraqi city of Tikrit after a new push to retake the city met heavy resistance, soldiers involved in the operation said.

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Iraqi army launches assault on Tikrit

The Iraqi army has launched an assault to retake the rebel-held city of Tikrit, security officials said.

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Israeli cabinet approves Egyptian truce plan

Israel's cabinet has accepted an Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire to end a week of conflict in Gaza that has killed 192 Palestinians, but the Palestinian group Hamas has not officially reacted.

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US strikes $11bn arms deal with #Qatar

The United States has signed an agreement with Qatar to sell Apache attack helicopters and Patriot and Javelin air-defence systems valued at $11bn.

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Israeli strikes resume after brief #Gaza calm

Benjamin NetanyahuIsrael has resumed air strikes on the Gaza Strip just hours after agreeing to an Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire that was not formally accepted by the Palestinian group Hamas.

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#Iraq MPs break deadlock and elect speaker

Iraq MPsIraqi MPs broke their deadlock on Tuesday and elected a new speaker of parliament, taking the first formal step towards forming a new government that is widely seen as crucial to confronting rebels who have overrun much of the country.

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