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#Egypt security forces killed in Sinai attacks

At least 11 soldiers have been killed in an attack on an army convoy in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, according to local security and medical sources. 

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UN body to probe Islamic State crimes in #Iraq

The UN Human Rights Council has unanimously agreed to send an emergency mission to Iraq to investigate Islamic State (IS) atrocities, as Baghdad warned the country was "facing a terrorist monster".

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#Iran leader urges clerics to accept Internet

Hassan RouhaniIran's president has urged the country's clerics to be more tolerant of the Internet and new technologies, which are often the target of criticism by influential conservative religious leaders in the Islamic Republic.

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Islamic State 'murders second US journalist'

US journalist Steven SotloffThe Islamic State has murdered the US journalist Steven Sotloff, reports say, days after his mother pleaded with the group's leader to spare his life.

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#Iran convicts Ahmadinejad's vice president

Mohammad Reza RahimiMohammad Reza Rahimi, Iran's first vice president under former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has been sentenced to prison and fined.

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#Israel seizes 400 hectares of West Bank land

West BankThe United States has urged Israel to reverse its decision to seize nearly 400 hectares of land in the occupied West Bank, a move anti-settlement activists termed the largest land grab in 30 years.

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Call for Houthi civil disobedience in #Yemen

Defying calls by the UN Security Council to end hostilities against the Yemeni government, a Houthi tribal leader has urged supporters to wage a campaign of civil disobedience until their demands are met.

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#Bahrain arrests top human rights activist

Maryam al-Khawaja

The prominent Bahrain human rights activist and critic of the ruling family, Maryam al-Khawaja, has been arrested by authorities on her arrival at the Gulf state's airport.

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Syrian rebels release Lebanese soldiers

Four soldiers and a police officer kidnapped in the east of Lebanon nearly a month ago have been freed by the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda.

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US jets target IS positions in #Iraq

The US military has attacked Islamic State positions in the besieged northern Iraqi town of Amerli and airdropped humanitarian aid to civilians trapped there, the Pentagon has said.

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