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Iraq PM declares offensive to retake Fallujah from ISIL

Reports of heavy shelling in city that was first to fall to ISIL in 2014 as beleaguered residents struggle to get out.

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Syria rebels set 48-hour deadline to end regime assault

Opposition fighters say they will start fighting back if government continues offensive in suburbs of capital.

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Syria civil war: ISIL bombs rock Assad-held cities

String of car bombs and suicide attacks hits hospital entrance, bus station and other places in Syria's Latakia.

Tartus and Jableh

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Netanyahu renews rejection of French peace initiative

France is hosting an international conference in Paris in June aimed at reviving the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Benjamin Netanyahu

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ISIL bomb attacks kill 45 army recruits in Yemen

ISIL claims responsibility for bombs outside Badr base in Khormaksar, where government of President Hadi is based.

ISIL bomb attacks

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War in Yemen: 13 Al Qaeda fighters killed in Mukalla

Yemeni troops killed 13 fighters in a raid outside the city of Mukalla, which was ruled by Al-Qaeda until last month.

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Iraqi army tells Fallujah residents to flee city

As preparations are made for likely assault on ISIL-held city, residents asked to leave through secured routes.

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Monitor: 60,000 dead in Syria government jails

Most dead as a result of torture or poor humanitarian conditions, says Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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Yemeni government agrees to rejoin Kuwait peace talks

President Hadi confirms he will send the government's delegation back to Kuwait talks as requested by the Emir of Qatar.

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Erdogan loyalist elected leader of ruling AK Party

Transport Minister Binali Yildirim is elected as the new leader of the ruling AK Party and therefore the prime minister.

Binali Yildirim

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