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Life sentences for #Egypt sexual assaults

Cairo's Tahrir SquareAn Egyptian court has sentenced seven men to life imprisonment for sexually harassing and attacking women during a number of public rallies in Cairo's Tahrir Square.

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Rebels repel Iraqi attempt to retake Tikrit

Islamic State groupIraqi forces have withdrawn from the rebel-held northern Iraqi city of Tikrit after a new push to retake the city met heavy resistance, soldiers involved in the operation said.

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Iraqi army launches assault on Tikrit

The Iraqi army has launched an assault to retake the rebel-held city of Tikrit, security officials said.

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Israeli cabinet approves Egyptian truce plan

Israel's cabinet has accepted an Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire to end a week of conflict in Gaza that has killed 192 Palestinians, but the Palestinian group Hamas has not officially reacted.

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US strikes $11bn arms deal with #Qatar

The United States has signed an agreement with Qatar to sell Apache attack helicopters and Patriot and Javelin air-defence systems valued at $11bn.

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Israeli strikes resume after brief #Gaza calm

Benjamin NetanyahuIsrael has resumed air strikes on the Gaza Strip just hours after agreeing to an Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire that was not formally accepted by the Palestinian group Hamas.

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#Iraq MPs break deadlock and elect speaker

Iraq MPsIraqi MPs broke their deadlock on Tuesday and elected a new speaker of parliament, taking the first formal step towards forming a new government that is widely seen as crucial to confronting rebels who have overrun much of the country.

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#Iran: Nuclear talks may go beyond deadline

Javad ZarifIran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that the nuclear talks may be extended beyond its July 20 deadline after meeting with top diplomats from six world powers.

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'Islamic State' expels rivals from #Syria city

The group calling itself the Islamic State, previously known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, has taken control of the rebel-held portion of the eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor, buoyed by advances in neighbouring Iraq, a monitoring group has said.

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No halt to #Gaza raids despite ceasefire calls

naval bombardmentsIsrael has kept up its air and naval bombardments of the Gaza Strip for a seventh day, despite growing international pressure for a ceasefire.

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