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#Syria Kurds impose mandatory military service

Syria's Kurds have imposed compulsory military service for their men to ward off a push by self-declared jihadists in the predominantly Kurdish areas in northern Syria, Kurdish officials said.

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#Gaza fighters attempt to tunnel into #Israel

The Israeli army said it has stopped an attempt by more than a dozen Palestinian fighters to infiltrate southern Israel through tunnels in Gaza, as a temporary humanitarian truce came into effect in the enclave.

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#Israel FM says no #Gaza ceasefire reached

civiliansA five-hour humanitarian truce has ended in the Gaza Strip, as Israel denied reports it was considering a wider ceasefire proposed by Egypt.

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Islamic State fighters seize #Syria gas field

PalmyraFighters from the self-declared jihadist group, the Islamic State, have seized a gas field in the desert region of Palmyra in the Syrian central province of Homs, a monitoring group and the governor of Homs said.

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#Syria 's Assad sworn in for third term

Bashar al-Assad has been sworn in for a third term as Syria's president in a ceremony in Damascus, after an election his opponents said was a "farce".

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#Israel to temporarily halt fire in #Gaza Strip

Gaza Strip Israel has agreed to hold a five-hour cease-fire to allow UN humanitarian aid to enter the Gaza Strip, the Israeli military said.

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#Israel targets homes of senior #Hamas leaders

Israel has intensified its bombing campaign of the Gaza Strip, targeting the houses of senior Hamas leaders as the death toll of its nine-day campaign in the Palestinian enclave hit 208.

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Istanbul may force Syrian refugees into camps

Syrian refugees Turkey will take "drastic measures" to deal with the influx of tens of thousands of Syrian refugees into its biggest city Istanbul, including forcibly sending them to camps in the southeast, the city's top official said.

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#UAE plans unmanned mission to Mars by 2021

The United Arab Emirates announced it will create a space agency with the aim of sending the first Arab unmanned probe to Mars by 2021.

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#Israel intensifies bombardment on #Gaza

Residents ZeitounThe Israeli army intensified its bombing of Gaza on Wednesday, hitting the homes of senior Hamas leaders and carrying out more than 50 airstrikes in a heavily-populated area in the northern strip.

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