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US encouraged by pledges to fight IS fighters

US Secretary of State John Kerry US Secretary of State John Kerry said he was "extremely encouraged" by pledges of military assistance against Islamic State fighters by countries inside and outside the Middle East and that some nations had offered ground troops.

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#Gaza children back to school after 50-day war

Gaza childrenAt least half a million children returned to their schools in the Gaza strip on Sunday, where many will be given special attention and pyschological counselling before their regular classes begin.

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IS group claims beheading of UK aid worker

David Haines

The Islamic State group has released a video purporting to show the beheading of British aid worker David Haines - an act described by the British prime minister as "pure evil".

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Kerry in Cairo to push for anti-IS coalition

Islamic State group fightersUS Secretary of State John Kerry has said that Egypt has a key role to play in the battle against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

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US: no place for #Iran at Islamic State talks

revolutionary guards

John Kerry has said it was "not appropriate" for Iran to join talks on confronting the Islamic State group in Syria due to its support for the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

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Israeli reservists condemn military's methods

Operation Protective Edge

Dozens reservists and former members of an elite Israeli army intelligence unit have condemned alleged "abuses" of Palestinians in the occupied territories.

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Syrian forces make gains against rebels

Syrian government forces have captured the strategically important town of Halfaya where al-Nusra Front had been massing forces, the army has said.

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UN peacekeepers' release 'mediated by Qatar'

The Qatari government has said it helped to secure the release of 45 Fijian peacekeepers kidnapped by al-Qaeda linked Syrian rebels on the Golan Heights last month.

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Arab states to back US in fight against IS

Ten Arab states have agreed to rally behind Washington in the fight against Islamic State fighters, as the US seeks to build an international coalition.

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#CIA says IS numbers underestimated

Islamic StateIslamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria now have about 20,000 to 31,500 fighters on the ground, the US Central Intelligence Agency says, much higher than a previous estimate of 10,000.

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