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Syrian jets hit rebel bastions near Damascus

Online footage showed highly destructive barrel bomb attacks on Daraya, southwest of Damascus [YouTube] Syrian jet fighters are reported to have launched a fierce offensive against a string of opposition strongholds, including Kafr Zita, a village north of Damascus that was recently hit by an alleged poisonous gas attack.

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Deadly car bombings hit northern Iraq

The car bombing near Kirkuk was one of two deadly attacks to hit northern Iraq on Sunday [EPA]A car bombing in a commercial area of a northern Iraqi city has killed at least 10 people, while a separate bombing in the north has left six more dead, Iraqi officials say.

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Syria rebels advance in Aleppo city

Syrian rebels have advanced in Aleppo, killing scores of troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

Opposition fighters stormed the Ramouseh district in an attempt to cut the government's supply route between the city's international airport and a large army base, the reporter said on Saturday.

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'Muslim Brotherhood' members killed in Egypt

Two members of the Muslim Brotherhood have been killed in an exchange of gunfire with Egyptian security forces in the Nile Delta, the Interior Ministry said, and the Islamist group said another of its supporters was shot dead in Alexandria.

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Iraqi deputy PM escapes assassination attempt

Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlak has survived an assassination attempt in the Abu Ghraib area west of Baghdad, after gunmen dressed as soldiers attacked his convoy, killed a guard and wounded at least five people.

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Scores killed in clashes in Iraq's Ramadi

At least 50 members of the Iraqi armed forces and seven fighters have been killed in clashes in the city of Ramadi, while two deadly car bombs have hit the capital Baghdad.

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Concern over detained AJ journalist's health

Al Jazeera has obtained a letter by imprisoned journalist Abdullah al-Shami, in which he talks about his deteriorating health caused by a 81-day hunger strike against his detention.

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Kuwait orders media blackout on 'coup' video

Kuwait has ordered a news blackout on a videotape allegedly showing former senior officials plotting to overthrow the oil-rich Gulf state's government.

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Report: Syria rebel infighting kills scores

Syria's conflict began three years ago with largely peaceful protests calling for reform Fierce infighting between rival Islamic rebel groups in eastern Syria has killed more than 50 fighters, an opposition group said, while government shelling left at least four teenagers dead in a town in the country's west.

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UN accepts Palestinian treaty applications

Mahmoud Abbas threatened to join the UN agencies after Israel refused to release Palestinian prisoners [AP]The United Nations has accepted Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' request to join several UN agencies.

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