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Deaths in bomb attacks in #Baghdad area

At least 11 people were killed in two separate bomb attacks in and near the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, local officials said.

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#Israel launches #Gaza ground invasion

Israeli tanksIsraeli tanks entered Gaza on Thursday night after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered a ground invasion, a major escalation in a ten-day offensive that has already killed more than 230 Palestinians.

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#Israel 'considers Egypt plan for #Gaza truce'

A five-hour humanitarian truce has ended in the Gaza Strip, amid reports that Israel was considering a wider ceasefire proposed by Egypt.

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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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