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UN peacekeepers' release 'mediated by Qatar'

The Qatari government has said it helped to secure the release of 45 Fijian peacekeepers kidnapped by al-Qaeda linked Syrian rebels on the Golan Heights last month.

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Arab states to back US in fight against IS

Ten Arab states have agreed to rally behind Washington in the fight against Islamic State fighters, as the US seeks to build an international coalition.

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#CIA says IS numbers underestimated

Islamic StateIslamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria now have about 20,000 to 31,500 fighters on the ground, the US Central Intelligence Agency says, much higher than a previous estimate of 10,000.

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Hollande visits #Iraq in show of support

Francois HollandeFrench President Francois Hollande has arrived in Iraq to show support for Baghdad's conflict against the Islamic State group, which has seized large parts of the country in recent months.

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Houthi rebels in talks with #Yemen government

Yemen's government and Shia Muslim Houthi rebels have resumed talks in a bid to end a crisis that has seen weeks of sometimes bloody protests in the capital.

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Israeli army opens probe into #Gaza war

The Israeli military says it has opened criminal investigations into two high-profile cases involving Palestinian civilian casualties in this year's Gaza war. 

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Is the PA stalling Gaza war crimes probe?

Abbas- BiBiThe Palestinian Authority has so far prevented the launch of a formal investigation into the alleged war crimes committed by Israel and Palestinian factions during the 50-day Gaza war last July and August, according to officials at the International Criminal Court.

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#Syria warns against foreign intervention

Islamic StateA Syrian government minister has warned that any foreign intervention in the country would be an act of aggression unless it is approved by Damascus, after the United States said it was prepared to strike against Islamic State fighters in the country.

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#Syria rebels free UN peacekeepers

UN peacekeepersThe United Nations has confirmed the release of all 45 Fijian peacekeepers who had been held for two weeks by the rebels in the Golan Heights on the Israeli-Syrian border.

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#Egypt urged to free 'gay marriage video' men

Human Rights Watch has urged Egypt to free seven men accused of "inciting debauchery" after they were filmed attending an apparent gay marriage on a Nile riverboat.

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