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Israeli troops launch first incursion in #Gaza

Israeli marinesIsraeli marines clashed with Hamas gunmen in the first reported ground incursion in the Gaza Strip, after the deadliest night of violence in Israel's latest offensive in which 18 members of the same family were killed.

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#Iraq parliament defers vote on new government

Iraq parliamentIraq's deadlocked parliament has ended its second session without making any progress towards forming a new unity government that can confront armed rebels who have seized control of a huge part of the country.

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Iraq's Sunnis pick parliament speaker

Iraq's Sunni Arab politicians have picked a candidate for the post of parliamentary speaker, an action that could revive stalled efforts to form a new government after the elections in April.

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#Iraq rebels storm town near Baghdad

Sunni rebels led by the Islamic State group have attacked a town north of Baghdad and seized local government buildings, police and witnesses said.

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#Gaza death toll soars with no sign of lull

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The world implored Israel and Hamas to end hostilities Saturday, but the violence escalated with Israel widening its range of Gaza bombings and rockets continued to be launched from the Strip towards Israel.

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Dozens of women killed in #Baghdad raid

Armed men have killed 25 women and wounded at least eight people while storming two buildings in a residential Baghdad compound, Iraqi police and government sources say.

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#Jordan 'cool to #Syria rebel training plan'

Jordan, where the US Central Intelligence Agency has been covertly training Syrian rebels for more than a year, is reluctant to host an expanded rebel instruction programme, US officials say.

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Yemeni rebels say they will evacuate key city

Yemeni rebels say they are to withdraw from a key city they seized in an advance towards Yemen's capital and an army unit will now move into Amran.

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Kurdish forces seize disputed oilfield

Iraq's Kurdish region has claimed disputed northern oilfields in another blow to efforts to forge a united front against the Islamic State group-led rebellion, as twin bombings killed 31 people.

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#Yemen tribal fighters bomb main oil pipeline

Tribesmen have bombed Yemen's main oil export pipeline halting crude flows, local officials said, disrupting an important source of revenue.

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