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Shocked Palestinian family waits to bury son

For two days the house of Mohammed Abu Khdair has been filled with mourners, offering condolences to his stunned parents with a staccato soundtrack of stun grenades exploding outside.

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Greste parents speak of 'most difficult day'

The parents of jailed Al Jazeera journalist, Peter Greste, have said visiting their son for the first time since he was arrested in Egypt in December was the "most difficult day" of their lives.

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#Gaza hit by Israeli air raids after clashes

Eleven People have been wounded in Israeli air raids in Gaza, as Palestinians prepared for the funeral of a teenager who was killed in occupied East Jerusalem.

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Iraq's Kurds push for independence referendum

Masoud BarzaniThe president of the Kurdish region of northern Iraq has asked his parliament to prepare for a referendum on independence, potentially paving the way for the break-up of the country.

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Reports: Saudi troops deployed to #Iraq border

Saudi troopsSaudi Arabia has sent 30,000 soldiers to its border with Iraq after Iraqi soldiers withdrew from the area, Al Arabiya television says.

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#Israel sends troops to border with Gaza

Israeli militaryIsraeli military says troop reinforcements are being sent to the border with the Gaza Strip, raising the possibility of an expanded operation in the Palestinian territory in response to intensifying rocket fire.

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Islamic State 'seizes main #Syria oil fields'

Syria oil fieldFighters from the Islamic State group have seized control of Syria's largest oil field on the Iraqi border, forcing the withdrawal of rival fighters, Syrian activists say.

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Israeli jets strike Gaza after rocket attacks

Israel has launched air strikes on the Gaza Strip after Palestinian groups fired 15 rockets into Israel in the past three hours, according to the Israeli army.

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#Syria rebel groups reject 'Islamic caliphate'

Some rebel groups and Islamic scholars in Syria have rejected the announcement of a so-called Islamic caliphate by an increasingly powerful rival.

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East Jerusalem clashes follow teen's murder

East JerusalemDozens of people have been injured in the largest clashes in occupied East Jerusalem in years, as Palestinian residents of the city fought with police after the mutilated body of a boy was found dumped in a forest outside the city.

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