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Iraq: Thousands defy ban to protest against corruption

Thousands demonstrate against corruption despite decree that said rally would be treated as "terrorist threat".

Baghdad's Tahrir Square

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Syria war: Assad says Russia not pressuring him to quit

Syrian leader confident in TV interview as US State Secretary heads to Moscow amid reports of military cooperation.

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Iraq: ISIL says Omar al-Shishani killed in air strike

Armed group says top commander Omar al-Shishani, considered by US as ISIL's defence chief, killed in Iraq.

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US signs military aid deal with Iraq's Kurdish fighters

US officials sign deal to give Peshmerga units some $415m for ammunition, food, pay and medical equipment.

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Deadly air strikes across Syria as ceasefire dissolves

Fighting intensifies across Syria as air strikes hit a market place in Idlib and shells pound Homs.

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Dozens dead in air strike on camp for displaced Syrians

At least 17 people killed in raids targeting makeshift camp for internally displaced people along Syria-Jordan border.

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Palestinian shot dead after alleged car attack

Israeli soldiers kill a Palestinian and wound another after "feeling in danger" at a checkpoint north of Jerusalem.

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Amnesty: Hundreds abducted, tortured in Egypt

Egypt dismisses Amnesty report as biased after being accused of using abduction and torture to crack down on dissent.

Egyptian authorities

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France closes missions in Turkey over security fears

The embassy in Ankara and the consulate-general in Istanbul will be closed until further notice, France says.

French Consulate-General

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Iraq: ISIL claims deadly checkpoint attack near Baghdad

Explosion at police checkpoint kills at least eight people in second bombing to strike Rashidiya in as many days.

checkpoint near Baghdad

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