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#Qatar denies backing Islamic State group

Qatar has rejected accusations of giving financial support to fighters of the Islamic State group who have seized large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, and condemned their "barbaric" murder of a US journalist.

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Yemeni government 'offers to resign'

Yemen's government has offered to resign within a month and to review an unpopular decision to cut fuel subsidies, in an attempt to end protests by the Shia Houthi movement, Reuters news agency has reported quoting a government source.

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Syrian army repels Islamic State attack

The Syrian army has repelled an attack by the Islamic State group on one of its key air bases, as Damascus attempted to fend off an offensive against its last bastion in Raqqa province.

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Kidnapped US journalist freed in #Syria

Peter Theo CurtisAn American journalist kidnapped nearly two years ago has been freed in Syria and handed over to UN representatives, after Qatari mediation helped lead to his release.

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#Iran says it shot down Israeli drone

NatanzIran's elite Revolutionary Guard says it has brought down an Israeli stealth drone above the Natanz uranium enrichment site in the centre of the country.

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Netanyahu asks Gazans to leave #Hamas sites

PalestinianIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned Gaza residents to leave any site where Palestinian fighters are operating, saying the locations could be attacked.

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#Iran 'sent soldiers to fight in #Iraq'

Hundreds of Iranian soldiers have taken part in a joint operation inside Iraq with Kurdish forces to retake a town held by the Islamic State group, security sources say.

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#Iran refuses to open key base to #IAEA

Iran will not give UN nuclear inspectors access to a military base that they have been seeking to visit since 2005, Iranian Defence Minister Hossein Dehgan has said.

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Suicide bomber hits Baghdad military office

A car bomb has hit a military intelligence office in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, killing at least 13 people and injuring 25 others.

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Abbas urges resumption of talks with #Israel

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has called for the urgent resumption of the Cairo-mediated talks between Israel and the Palestinians to end the Gaza crisis that entered its 47th day.

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