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Iraqi forces to recapture #Tikrit 'within 72 hours'

Spokesman claims city seized by ISIL will fall within days, but local command centre says troops need reinforcements.

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#Turkey detains 16 Indonesians 'attempting to join ISIL'

Group of mostly children and women were trying to cross into Syria, Turkish foreign minister says.

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Iraqi Kurds allege chlorine gas attack by #ISIL

Kurdish officials say remnants of a suicide blast on highway between Mosul and Syria showed presence of chlorine.

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Houthis say they have secured aid package from #Iran

Spokesperson says Tehran has pledged to expand Yemen's ports, help build power plants and provide Yemen with oil.

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Kerry: Important gaps standing in way of #Iran deal

US Secretary of State says though progress has been made, he could not vouch a deal will be reached by the end of March.

John Kerry

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UN chief: Syrians feel 'increasingly abandoned'

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says world "divided and incapable of taking collective action" to resolve crisis.

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UN envoy to #Yemen warns of civil war

Jamal Benomar warns of "scenarios like Syria, Libya and Iraq" if no peaceful solution is found to country's standoff.

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Iraqi forces pound #ISIL targets in #Tikrit

As siege continues, mortars and rockets used against remaining ISIL fighters in city's centre.

ISIL targets

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Monitor: Nearly 13,000 tortured to death in #Syria

Rights group says 108 children among thousands tortured to death in government prisons since start of uprising.

Syrians

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Gulf states pledge a further $12bn for #Egypt

President Sisi pushes for economic growth and reduction in unemployment as world leaders meet at investment conference.

President Sisi

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