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'Steps agreed' to calm #Jerusalem tensions

Amman talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said that steps were agreed at talks in Amman to lower tensions between the Israelis and Palestinians.

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Deadly attacks hit Egyptian security forces

Armed assailants have killed five Egyptian security personnel in the Sinai Peninsula while the army is searching for eight service members missing after an attack on a navy boat in the Mediterranean.

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Kerry and Abbas discuss #Jerusalem unrest

East Jerusalem

John Kerry, US secretary of state, has met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Jordan for talks aimed at calming a wave of violence gripping Israel and the occupied territories.

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#Egypt issues decree on foreign prisoners

Egypt's president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has issued a decree which allows him to repatriate foreign prisoners in the country, state media reported.

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#Egypt navy vessels come under attack

The Egyptian military said one of its navy vessels came under a "terrorist" attack in the Mediterranean, leaving five servicemen injured and eight others missing at sea.

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#Israel approves new #Jerusalem settler homes

Israeli authorities have given preliminary approval to build 200 new illegal settler homes in east Jerusalem, in a move that threatened to push Israelis and Palestinians deeper into conflict after weeks of unrest over the city's holiest sites.

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Kerry in Amman to discuss #Jerusalem unrest

Israel, US and Jordan

Israel's prime minister is in Amman to attend three-way talks with Jordan's King Abdullah and John Kerry, the US secretary of state, aimed at calming tensions grippling Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.

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#ISIL leader calls for attacks in audio clip

ISIL

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has released an audio recording it says is of its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, just days after targeted air strikes in Iraq led to rumours he had been wounded or killed.

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Iraqi PM removes dozens of commanders

Iraq's military

Iraq's prime minister has dismissed several top military commanders in a move seen as his boldest since he came to office in September.

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Syrian rebels reject UN's Aleppo truce plan

The opposition-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) in Aleppo has rejected a UN truce proposal that seeks to suspend fighting in Syria's second city, a day after the government hinted at considering it.

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