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#Iran and West fail to reach nuclear pact

nuclear talks in ViennaNuclear talks between Iran and six world powers appear likely to be extended past their target end date of July 20 after the sides failed to reach an agreement in Vienna.

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Extension likely for #Iran nuclear talks

Nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers appear likely to be extended past their target end date of July 20 because of deep differences separating the two sides, officials with knowledge of the talks say.

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#Yemen army chiefs sacked after rebel advances

Yemen's president, Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi, has sacked the military chiefs of two regions following sweeping advances by Shia rebels and a surge in al-Qaeda attacks, state media has reported.

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Israeli troops launch first incursion in #Gaza

Israeli marinesIsraeli marines clashed with Hamas gunmen in the first reported ground incursion in the Gaza Strip, after the deadliest night of violence in Israel's latest offensive in which 18 members of the same family were killed.

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#Iraq parliament defers vote on new government

Iraq parliamentIraq's deadlocked parliament has ended its second session without making any progress towards forming a new unity government that can confront armed rebels who have seized control of a huge part of the country.

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Iraq's Sunnis pick parliament speaker

Iraq's Sunni Arab politicians have picked a candidate for the post of parliamentary speaker, an action that could revive stalled efforts to form a new government after the elections in April.

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#Iraq rebels storm town near Baghdad

Sunni rebels led by the Islamic State group have attacked a town north of Baghdad and seized local government buildings, police and witnesses said.

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#Gaza death toll soars with no sign of lull

Tuffah district

The world implored Israel and Hamas to end hostilities Saturday, but the violence escalated with Israel widening its range of Gaza bombings and rockets continued to be launched from the Strip towards Israel.

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Dozens of women killed in #Baghdad raid

Armed men have killed 25 women and wounded at least eight people while storming two buildings in a residential Baghdad compound, Iraqi police and government sources say.

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#Jordan 'cool to #Syria rebel training plan'

Jordan, where the US Central Intelligence Agency has been covertly training Syrian rebels for more than a year, is reluctant to host an expanded rebel instruction programme, US officials say.

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