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#Iran 'ready to use #Syria methods' in #Iraq

Iran is ready to help Iraq fight an armed uprising using the same methods it deployed against opposition forces in Syria, an Iranian general said, suggesting Tehran was offering to take a larger role in battling Sunni armed groups threatening Baghdad. 

Read more: #Iran 'ready to use #Syria methods' in #Iraq

   

Netanyahu endorses Kurdish independence

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has voiced support for Kurdish statehood, taking a position that appeared to clash with the US preference to keep the war-torn Iraq united.

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Iraqi political divide widens amid fighting

Iyad AllawiThe formation of a new government in Iraq has suffered a setback with the biggest bloc in parliament choosing to abstain from an upcoming parliamentary session, even as the military continued its offensive against the Sunni rebels for the second day.

Read more: Iraqi political divide widens amid fighting

   

Deadly blasts hit Cairo outskirts

Two bombs have exploded at a small telephone exchange on Cairo's outskirts, killing an 18-year-old woman and her mother, security sources said, days after a string of small bomb explosions hit the Egyptian capital's metro network.

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#ISIL declares new 'Islamic caliphate'

Fighters in Syria and IraqFighters in Syria and Iraq have announced the establishment of a "caliphate", referring to the system of rule that ended nearly 100 years ago with the fall of the Ottoman empire.

Read more: #ISIL declares new 'Islamic caliphate'

   

#Iraq takes delivery of Russian fighter jets

Sukhoi jetsThe Iraqi government has received a delivery of Russian-made fighter planes it hopes will turn the tide against Sunni rebels who have seized large parts of the country.

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Israeli air strikes hit targets in Gaza

Israel airstrikesThe Israeli military has carried out airstrikes in the Gaza Strip after rockets were launched towards Israel, the military said, and Israel's foreign minister suggested reoccupying the Hamas-ruled territory to stop the rocket fire.

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Dozens of casualties in #Syria market blast

At least two people have been killed in a car bomb blast at a market in a rebel-held suburb of the Syrian capital, as residents shopped a day before the start of the holy month of Ramadan, activists said.

Read more: Dozens of casualties in #Syria market blast

   

Egyptian policemen killed in Sinai attack

Gunmen have killed four Egyptian policemen in the restive northern Sinai, a security source said, with police blaming the attack on an armed group.

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Riyadh accused of tapping dissidents' phones

Human Rights Watch has accused Saudi Arabia of infecting and monitoring dissidents' mobile phones with surveillance malware.

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