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Mum pleads for life of Islamic State hostage

Shirley Sotloff

An American woman has pleaded for the life of her journalist son, held hostage in Syria by the Islamic State group, just over a week after self-declared jihadists beheaded a fellow US reporter and threatened more murders.

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#Israel says #Hamas 'hit hard' in #Gaza fighting

Benjamin NetanyahuIsrael has made its first official reaction to the ceasefire it signed with Hamas, saying the Palestinian group that runs Gaza has been dealt a major blow and that it did not receive any demands it had made.

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US man 'fighting for IS group' dies in #Syria

Douglas McCain

A US citizen suspected of fighting alongside Islamic State group fighters, who have seized large swathes of Iraq and Syria, has been killed in Syria, a US official has said.

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Yemeni president urges rebels to leave Sanaa

Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi has urged Shia rebel leader Abdulmalik al-Houthi to withdraw his protesting followers from the capital following the failure of negotiations on their demands.

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Life returns to #Gaza as truce holds

ceasefire in the GazaAn open-ended ceasefire in the Gaza war was holding as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced strong criticism in Israel over a costly conflict with Palestinian fighters in which no clear victor emerged.

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UN accuses Islamic State group of war crimes

Islamic State groupThe United Nations has accused the Islamic State group of committing war crimes including amputations and public executions, sometimes in the presence of children.

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#Egypt denies role in air attacks in #Libya

TripoliEgypt has denied any role in air attacks in Libya, as the US said it believed Cairo worked with the UAE to attack rebels in the capital Tripoli.

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Obama 'authorises spy flights over Syria'

President Barack Obama has authorised surveillance flights over Syria in order to gather intelligence on the Islamic State group, a senior US administration official said.

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Twin explosions hit Iraqi capital

At least 11 people have been killed and 20 others have been injured in twin explosions in the Iraqi capital, including one in a busy Shia neighbourhood.

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Palestinian joy as rivals agree #Gaza truce

Palestinians celebrating in GazaPalestinians are celebrating in Gaza after Egyptian and Palestinian officials said an open-ended agreement had been sealed with Israel to end seven weeks of fighting in Gaza.

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