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Obama: US will not fight ground war in #Iraq

Al-AbbadiUS President Barack Obama has said American forces will not fight another ground war in Iraq, a day after a top US general said combat troops might be needed if efforts to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fail.

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#Yemen clashes escalate as army shells rebels

Houthi protestersDozens of people have been killed in two days of fighting between Houthi rebels and government-allied forces at the outskirts of the Yemeni capital, sources say.

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Sinai bomb kills Egyptian police officers

A bomb explosion has killed six police officers near the border town of Rafah in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, in an attack that bore the hallmarks of a local al-Qaeda-inspired group, Egyptian security officials say.

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US to strike #ISIL 'sanctuaries' in #Syria

Islamic State and the Levant (ISIL)US plans to carry out air strikes against Islamic State and the Levant (ISIL) fighters in Syria and will target the group's sanctuaries, command centres and logistic networks, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday.

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US begins expanded campaign against ISIL

US jets have bombed ISIL fighters south of Baghdad who had attacked Iraqi soldiers, in the first expansion of the campaign against the armed group.

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#Iraq parliament rejects PM security nominees

Prime Minister Haider al-AbadiIraq's parliament has failed to approve Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's candidates for the sensitive posts of defence and interior ministers, state television has reported.

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Egypt's most prominent activist granted bail

Egypt's most prominent activist, who will face a retrial on a 15 year prison sentence for violating the country's protest law, has been granted bail, lawyers and relatives said.

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World leaders pledge to help #Iraq fight ISIL

World leadersThirty countries have pledged to help Iraq in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) "by any means necessary", as leaders gathered to discuss a strategy against the group.

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#Egypt sentences MB leader to 25 years in jail

Mohamed BadieEgypt has sentenced Mohamed Badie, the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, and 14 others to 25 years in jail for murder and inciting violence, Reuters news agency has reported.

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UN peacekeepers relocates in Golan Heights

Golan Heights UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights have been "temporarily relocated" from four positions and one camp on the Syrian side of the Syrian-Israeli border, a UN source has confirmed, after recent clashes with al-Qaeda-linked fighters.

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