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US announces coalition to fight Islamic State

The US has announced that Nato allies have agreed to form a coalition to fight the Islamic State, with Barack Obama stating the group's "savage nihilism" must be confronted.

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#Iran diverts plane carrying US citizens

A charter jet carrying US citizens between Afghanistan's Bagram airbase and Dubai was forced to land in Iran due to "bureacratic issues", a US official has said.

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#Egypt accused of torturing teenage prisoners

Egyptian authoritiesEgyptian authorities have been accused by a human rights group of being complicit in the torture and sexual abuse of 52 teenagers, jailed for "peacefully" demonstrating against the government.

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#Israel tenders for more West Bank settlements

Israel's settlement Israel has said it published tenders for 283 new homes in settlement in the occupied West Bank, just days after announcing its biggest land grab on the territory in three decades.

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Civilians killed as Iraqi forces raid Kirkuk

Kurdish forcesIraqi army helicopters have conducted airstrikes in the northern Kirkuk province, killing at least seven people and injuring 20 others, as the military pursued Islamic State fighters in the country's north, sources on the ground say.

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Dozens killed in fighting north of Sanaa

Houthis fightersAt least 50 people have been killed in fighting between Yemeni troops and Houthi rebels north of Sanaa, as supporters of the Shia group continue to rally against the government in the capital.

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Sisi blames outages on lack of investment

Abdel Fattah el-SisiEgypt's president has blaming widespread power outages in recent days on years of lack of investment, while warning people were trying to cripple his government's efforts to rebuild the country and seeking to try take advantage of the crisis.

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Yemen's capital gripped by rival protests

Hundreds of thousands of people have rallied in Yemen's capital Sanaa in support of the beleaguered government, as a large number of its opponents held a counter-demonstration vowing to intensify their protests until the cabinet resigns.

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Rebuilding #Gaza could 'cost at least $7.8bn'

Rebuilding Gaza

Palestinian experts say rebuilding Gaza could cost at least $7.8bn, in the most comprehensive assessment of the damage from the seven-week conflict with Israel.

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US calls for coalition to 'destroy' IS group

NATO summitThe United States has called for the creation of a broad international coalition to go after and "destroy" the Islamic State group, and build a plan by the time the UN General Assembly meets later this month.

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