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Rights group accuses #Yemen rebels of 'war crimes'

Human Rights Watch says rebel forces shot and killed two women and detained 10 local aid workers.

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#Iran releases Maersk Tigris cargo vessel

Ship freed after commercial dispute with Denmark's Maersk group prompted USA to send vessels to monitor situation.

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Netanyahu forms new government just ahead of deadline

Israeli prime minister announces new coalition with knife-edge majority of just one seat in the 120-member Knesset.

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Saudis propose humanitarian pause in #Yemen war

Five-day humanitarian ceasefire will be implemented only if Houthi rebel fighters halt attacks.

John Kerry

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Palestine denounces pro-settlement Netanyahu coalition

Chief negotiator says the new government will seek to expand settlements as Tel Aviv approves 900 settlement homes.

Hallamish settlement

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Fierce fighting rages at Iraq's Baiji refinery

Armed group seizes large sections of sprawling oil complex as Pentagon admits it is unclear which side is winning.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

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#Yemen appeals for ground forces as crisis deepens

Ambassador to the UN urges international community to quickly intervene with ground forces "to save Yemen".

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Assad admits 'setbacks' in war against Syrian rebels

Embattled leader says "ups and downs" are normal in war as speculation mounts over the strength of the regime's forces.

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Thousands join US-led war games in #Jordan

Around 10,000 troops from 18 countries including several Gulf states are participating in the two-week military drills.

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UN delivers aid to displaced Yarmouk residents in #Syria

Three trucks with baby diaper kits and kits of clothes for children among items delivered, say UN officials.

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