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Egypt's Mubarak denies killing protesters

Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has denied he ordered security forces to kill protesters, as he faced a Cairo court over the deaths of 850 demonstrators during Egypt's 2011 uprising.

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#Iran dismisses direct US talks

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said nuclear talks with world powers would continue, though there was no point in holding talks with the United States on other issues.

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#Iraq PM 'will not quit' without court ruling

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Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has said that it will take a federal court ruling for him to leave power, defying the president's decision to task a rival with forming the next government.

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Israel-Hamas talks tackle #Gaza blockade

Negotiators in Cairo have addressed the issue of the Israeli Gaza blockade, as the clock ticks down to the 2100 GMT deadline that will end a current 72-hour truce.

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Putin vows to boost #Egypt arms sales

Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to speed up the delivery of billions of dollars in arms and invited Cairo to forge free trade ties with a Moscow-led customs bloc.

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Deadline looms as #Gaza truce efforts continue

Israeli offensive Egyptian mediators have been racing to bridge gaps between Palestinians and Israelis as they struggle to secure a lasting Gaza truce before the midnight expiry of a three-day ceasefire.

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France to supply weapons to Iraqi Kurds

humanitarian aid France has said it will start supplying arms to the Kurdish forces fighting the Islamic State group, calling the situation in Iraqi Kurdistan "catastrophic".

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IS fighters capture towns in Syria's north

SyriaIslamic State fighters have captured two key towns and several villages near Syria's northern border with Turkey after pushing out rival fighters in fierce clashes, opposition groups and activists said.

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EU says states can send arms to Iraqi Kurds

The European Union has failed to agree on a joint position on supplying weapons to Iraqi Kurds battling Islamic State armed fighters, but has said individual members could send arms in coordination with Baghdad.

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US sends 130 more military advisers to #Iraq

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Another 130 US military personnel have arrived in Iraq on what the Pentagon described as a temporary mission to assess the scope of the humanitarian crisis facing thousands of displaced Iraqi civilians trapped on Sinjar Mountain.

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