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#Israel moves to extend law to W Bank settlers

Jewish settlers

An Israeli ministerial committee has approved a proposed bill that would ensure the wholesale application of Israeli law to Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank, a move sponsored by politicians who want Israel to annex part of the territory.

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Iraqi army 'reaches centre' of oil city Baiji

Iraqi military forces have reached the centre of the northern oil city of Baiji to try to break a siege by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on the country's biggest refinery, a colonel and a witness have told the Reuters news agency.

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Palestinians remind world of their own wall

Israel's separation barrier

Palestinian youth have dug a hole in Israel’s separation wall with the Palestinian territories, as a symbolic gesture to mark 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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#Yemen PM urges support for new government

Khaled Bahah

Yemen's new prime minister has vowed to unite the country amid the ongoing political infighting, calling on all factions to support his government in accordance with an agreement signed last week.

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#Yemen swears in new government amid boycott

Yemen's new government has been sworn in amid opposition from the ruling General People's Congress (GPC) and the Houthi rebels who said that they would not back a confidence vote.

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Abducted #UNICEF aid worker released in #Yemen

The children's charity UNICEF has announced that its employee James Massaquoi, who was abducted in Yemen last year, has been released.

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Iraqi PM welcomes 'late' US army deployment

Haidar al-Abadi

Iraq's prime minister has said that the US military trainers heading to the country are welcome but "a little late," a day after US President Barack Obama unveiled plans to send 1,500 additional troops to the war-torn nation.

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Saudi denies it may ease ban on women drivers

Local media in Saudi Arabia have said a story published by the Associated Press news agency stating that the advisory council to Saudi Arabia's king had recommended easing a ban on women driving in the country is a "fabrication".

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Several killed in attacks across #Iraq

Two cars have exploded in seperate attacks in southwestern Baghdad's Shia al-Ameen neighbourhood, killing seven people and injuring 21 others, a police source has said, as hospital officials confirmed the casualties.

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Saleh's party rejects new Yemeni government

Saleh's party

Yemen's General People's Congress, the party of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, has rejected the newly formed government, announcing that the party's majority parliamentary bloc will not support a confidence vote backing it.

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