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#Israel lifts age bar for al-Aqsa worshippers

al-Aqsa

Men of all ages will be allowed to attend the main weekly Muslim prayers at Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound for the first time in "months", a police spokesman said.

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UN: #ISIL committing war crimes in #Syria

ISIL fighters

Fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are committing war crimes and crimes against humanity on a large scale in areas under the group's control in Syria, UN investigators say.

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Houthis gain ground against Yemen's al-Qaeda

Houthis

Houthi fighters are gaining significant stretches of ground in Radaa, a district in al-Bayda governorate and a traditional stronghold of al-Qaeda in Yemen.

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#ISIL fighters driven out of Iraq's Beiji

Beiji

Iraqi government forces have reached within a kilometre of the country's biggest oil refinery, according to two army officers and a witness.

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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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