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Iraqi forces close in on major oil refinery

oil refinery

Iraqi soldiers battling the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have recaptured the heart of the town of Beiji, home to the country's largest oil refinery, according to state television and a military official.

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Abbas says #Israel igniting 'religious war'

shooting of a Palestinian

Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, has accused Israel of igniting a "religious war" by allowing Jewish worshippers to visit an Islamic holy site in occupied Jerusalem.

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#Egypt armed group pledges allegiance to #ISIL

Egypt's Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, the country's most active armed group, pledged its allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, in a recording posted on its Twitter account.

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Iraqi troops push back #ISIL in oil-rich city

The Iraqi army has reached the centre of the northern city of Beiji, as they continue their effort to break the siege of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on the country's biggest oil refinery nearby.

Read more: Iraqi troops push back #ISIL in oil-rich city

   

Conflicting reports on Baghdadi's injury

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), has been injured and a close aide was killed in a US-led air strike, reports Iraqi state television.

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Biduns in #Kuwait offered Comoros citizenship

Kuwaiti government has said that tens of thousands of stateless people in oil-rich Kuwait will be offered citizenship of the impoverished African nation of Comoros to end their decades-old problem.

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US and #Iran meet in bid to reach nuclear deal

The United States and Iran held high-level talks in Oman as the deadline for a nuclear deal loomed closer, but President Barack Obama warned there might be no agreement.

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Unrest spreads after more killings in #Israel

Jewish settlers

An Israeli soldier and a woman have been killed, and two others injured in separate stabbing incidents in Tel Aviv and the occupied West Bank, Israeli police have said.

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UN envoy meets President Assad in Damascus

Staffan de Mistura

Staffan de Mistura, the UN envoy for Syria, has met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, pushing for the implementation of a UN plan including local truces.

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Dozens killed in clashes in southern Yemen

southern Yemen

At least 30 people have been killed in Yemen during intense fighting between Sunni tribesmen and Shia Houthi fighters in the southern province of Bayda.

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