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#Iraq uncovers 50,000 'ghost soldiers'

Prime minister reveals existence of 50,000 fictitious names crowding the payroll in major fraud for the country's army.

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#Egypt outlaws #ISIL and affiliated groups

Court designates armed group and affiliates, including Sinai-based Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, as "terrorist" organisations.

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#Syria rebel chief killed in Aleppo air raid

Leader of Ahrar al-Sham group killed along with 11 people as government increases airstrikes in rebel-held areas.

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#Bahrain votes amid calls for boycott

Opposition group vows to boycott first election since 2011 protests.

Bahrainis are voting in legislative elections, the first since a 2011 uprising, and opposition groups that led the pro-democracy movement said it would not take part in the vote.

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UN runs out of money to feed Syrian refugees

World Food Programme suspends food delivery, saying it needs $64m to secure rations for 1.7 million refugees.

Syrian refugees

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Palestinian woman shot after knife attack

Bet Fajjar resident transferred to hospital after being shot for stabbing Israeli civilian in southern West bank.

Israeli police

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#ISIL suffers heavy losses in Syria's #Kobane

At least 50 fighters killed in the past 24 hours in fighting and US-led air strikes, rights group says.

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#Qatar court acquits American couple

Matthew and Grace Huang not guilty of murdering their adopted daughter and free to leave Qatar, appeals judge rules.

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Fresh call for demonstrations in #Egypt

Activists to hold protests in 11 campuses a day after court dropped charges against Mubarak in controversial verdict.

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#Egypt students protest over Mubarak verdict

Protests erupt in several universities a day after ex-president was cleared of killing protesters in 2011.

Student protests

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