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US-led strikes on #ISIL intensify in #Kobane

KobaneThe US-led coalition has stepped up its attacks on ISIL around the Syrian-Kurdish town of Kobane, launching 22 air raids in 24 hours as the White House said its strategy was succeeding.

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Houthi rebels seize parts of Yemeni port city

Houthi fighters have seized parts of Yemen's southern city of al-Hudaydah, the second most important port after Aden, while southern secessionists have garnered more support, pushing the country towards the verge of disintegration.

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Iraqi Shia militias accused of murder spree

Shia militiasShia militias have abducted and murdered scores of Sunni civilians in Iraq in crimes committed in retribution against the actions of ISIL, according to a new report by Amnesty International.

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#Baghdad rocked by bombs during Shia festival

At least 33 people have been killed in three bomb attacks in Shia areas of Baghdad as residents distributed sweets for the Eid al-Ghadir Shia Muslim feast.

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Dozens die in #Egypt road accident

At least 30 people have been killed in a crash involving three minibuses in Egypt's southern Aswan province, medical and security sources said.

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#Egypt students plan more university protests

University staff in Egypt have planned fresh protests against new government measures restricting political dissent in colleges and proposing stricter laws for faculty members.

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Kerry: Saving #Kobane not part of strategy

John Kerry has said the US is deeply concerned about the "tragedy" in the Syrian town of Kobane, where self-declared jihadist fighters have been tightening their grip.

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UN chief slams 'provocations' in #Jerusalem

The al-Aqsa complex

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has spoken out against "provocations" at Jerusalem's holy sites, hours after Israeli police clashed with Palestinian protesters near al-Aqsa mosque.

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#Yemen names new prime minister to end crisis

Yemen's president, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, has appointed the country's envoy to the United Nations, Khaled Bahah, as prime minister, according to an aide.

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Iraqi city falls to #ISIL as army withdraws

Shia militiasThe Iraqi army has withdrawn from its last base in the city of Hit in Anbar province following weeks of fighting with the ISIL, leaving the group in full control, security sources have said.

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