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Israelis at Cairo talks as #Gaza truce holds

fishermen returning to seaIsrael and the Palestinians have begun indirect talks in Cairo to try and end the conflict in Gaza and lift the blockade on the coastal enclave, Egypt's state news agency MENA has said.

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New #Gaza truce comes into effect

72-hour Gaza ceasefireA new 72-hour ceasefire has come into effect in the Gaza Strip, raising hopes for a fresh respite in a bloody conflict between Israel and Hamas that has devastated the Palestinian enclave.

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Iraqi PM to complain against president

Fuad MasumIraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has announced that he intends to file a complaint against President Fuad Masum for violating the constitution.

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Palestinians and #Israel agree #Gaza ceasefire

GazaIsraeli officials have agreed to a deal negotiated by Palestinians in Cairo for a new 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza following mediation by Egypt.

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Syrian children 'torn apart' by barrel bomb

At least 13 people were killed and 17 wounded after a Syrian government helicopter dropped a barrel bomb on a rebel-held area in the city of Aleppo, residents and a monitoring group have said.

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West mobilises #Iraq aid as US raids continue

Iraq aidWestern diplomacy and aid efforts are shaping up in Iraq to avert what US President Barack Obama warned could be an impending "genocide" against civilians besieged on a mountain in the country's north by fighters from the Islamic State group.

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Dozens dead in plane crash at Tehran airpot

Tehran A passenger plane has crashed on the outskirts of Iran's capital Tehran, killing at least 39 people and injuring nine others, government officials and state media.

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Cairo talks in disarray amid #Gaza violence

RafahPalestinian negotiators have warned they will leave Cairo on Sunday unless Israel agrees to return to Egyptian-mediated negotiations to end the fighting in Gaza without setting conditions.

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Drone strike kills suspected #Yemen fighters

Three suspected al-Qaeda fighters have been killed in a drone strike in Yemen’s central province of Maareb, security officials have said.

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Obama says no US solution to Iraq's crisis

Barack Obama, the US president, has said he will not allow his country to be dragged into another war in Iraq, making it clear that American combat troops will not return to fight in the country.

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