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Fierce fighting rages at Iraq's Baiji refinery

Armed group seizes large sections of sprawling oil complex as Pentagon admits it is unclear which side is winning.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

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#Yemen appeals for ground forces as crisis deepens

Ambassador to the UN urges international community to quickly intervene with ground forces "to save Yemen".

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Assad admits 'setbacks' in war against Syrian rebels

Embattled leader says "ups and downs" are normal in war as speculation mounts over the strength of the regime's forces.

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Thousands join US-led war games in #Jordan

Around 10,000 troops from 18 countries including several Gulf states are participating in the two-week military drills.

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UN delivers aid to displaced Yarmouk residents in #Syria

Three trucks with baby diaper kits and kits of clothes for children among items delivered, say UN officials.

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Air raids target Houthis after attacks on Saudi town

Deaths reported as Yemeni rebels fire rockets and mortars into the border town of Najran.

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Main Aleppo hospital forced to shut down after attacks

Medical centre that served about 400,000 people in war-ravaged Syrian city closes after being bombed twice last week.

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Syrians 'forced underground by barrel bombs'

Amnesty report documents widespread atrocities, as Geneva peace talks on Syria set to get under way.

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Prominent Iranian activist arrested in Tehran

Report says security forces arrest Narges Mohammadi days after she was charged with crimes "against national security".

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Fleeing civilians killed in Yemen's port city of Aden

At least 80 people, including 40 aboard a tug boat, are killed as fighting rages on in the port city of Aden.

Aden

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