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#HRW chief denied entry to #Egypt

Kenneth RothThe executive director of Human Rights Watch and another senior staff member have been denied entry to Egypt after being held at Cairo's international airport for 12 hours.

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Palestinian shot dead during West Bank raid

Israeli troops killed a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank during a raid on his house near the city of Nablus, local medical officials have said.

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#Iraq PM defiant in face of resignation calls

Fouad MassoumIraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has resisted growing calls for his resignation and accused the country's new president of violating the constitution, plunging the government into political crisis as it battles the Islamic State group.

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#Iraq president asks deputy speaker to be PM

Salim al-JabouriIraq's president has asked Haider al-Abadi, Iraq's main Shia coalition nominee for prime minister, to form a government.Fouad Massoum tasked Abadi, first deputy speaker of parliament, with the role during a brief ceremony broadcast live on television on Monday.

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Israelis at Cairo talks as #Gaza truce holds

fishermen returning to seaIsrael and the Palestinians have begun indirect talks in Cairo to try and end the conflict in Gaza and lift the blockade on the coastal enclave, Egypt's state news agency MENA has said.

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New #Gaza truce comes into effect

72-hour Gaza ceasefireA new 72-hour ceasefire has come into effect in the Gaza Strip, raising hopes for a fresh respite in a bloody conflict between Israel and Hamas that has devastated the Palestinian enclave.

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Iraqi PM to complain against president

Fuad MasumIraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has announced that he intends to file a complaint against President Fuad Masum for violating the constitution.

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Palestinians and #Israel agree #Gaza ceasefire

GazaIsraeli officials have agreed to a deal negotiated by Palestinians in Cairo for a new 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza following mediation by Egypt.

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Syrian children 'torn apart' by barrel bomb

At least 13 people were killed and 17 wounded after a Syrian government helicopter dropped a barrel bomb on a rebel-held area in the city of Aleppo, residents and a monitoring group have said.

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West mobilises #Iraq aid as US raids continue

Iraq aidWestern diplomacy and aid efforts are shaping up in Iraq to avert what US President Barack Obama warned could be an impending "genocide" against civilians besieged on a mountain in the country's north by fighters from the Islamic State group.

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