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Gulf states fail to resolve diplomatic rift

Gulf Arab foreign ministers have failed to resolve a diplomatic rift that is undermining their ability collectively to influence Middle East events.

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#Iraq breaks Islamic State siege of Amerli

Islamic State siege of AmerliGovernment forces mainly composed of Kurdish peshmerga fighters and armed volunteers have broken through the Islamic State group siege on the town of Amerli located between Baghdad, and the northern city of Kirkuk, sources say.

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UN soldiers escape siege by #Syria rebels

UN forcesTwo groups of UN peacekeepers have evaded capture by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, military sources have said, after one group was rescued and another slipped away from their besieged position.

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#Iraq army battles to lift IS siege of Amerli

Iraq has launched a major operation to liberate the town of Amerli which has been besieged by Islamic State fighters for more than two months.

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Badie death sentence reduced to life in #Egypt

Egypt's Grand Mufti has commuted the death sentence handed to the Muslim Brotherhood's leader, Mohamed Badie, to a life sentence.

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Suicide attack kills soldiers near #Baghdad

A suicide bomber has detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle at a checkpoint 20km south of Baghdad, killing at least 11 people, including seven soldiers, and wounding at least 25, Iraqi interior ministry has said.

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Reports: Dozens of UN peacekeepers rescued

syria-israelNearly three dozen UN peacekeepers from the Philippines who were trapped by Syrian rebel fighters in the Golan Heights have been successfully rescued amid a firefight, Reuters news agency reported, citing a UN official. 

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UN troops held in Golan 'for own protection'

The UN says it has been told by al-Qaeda linked rebels that they seized 44 Fijian peacekeepers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights "for their own protection" and that they were all safe.

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#Yemen capital gripped by huge rival protests

Tens of thousands of supporters of Yemen's Shia rebels have rallied in the capital Sanaa to press for the government to step down, as a large number of its backers held a counter-demonstration.

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Obama admits 'no strategy' on IS in #Syria

Barack Obama has said the US has "no strategy" against the Islamic State in Syria but said officials had been asked to prepare a range of military options for confronting the group.

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