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Tense quiet amid #Gaza ceasefire confusion

humanitarian truceFighting has subsided in Gaza after Hamas said it backed a 24-hour humanitarian truce, but there was no sign of any comprehensive deal to end its conflict with Israel.

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Video shows American suicide bomber in #Syria

An al-Qaeda-linked group fighting in Syria has released video of the first American to carry out a suicide attack in the country's civil war, showing him smiling and saying he looked forward to going to heaven.

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#Egypt says fighters killed in #Sinai clashes

Egyptian troops have killed 14 fighters in shootouts in the Sinai Peninsula, scene of an insurgency since the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi last year, according to the army.

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#Israel resumes shelling of #Gaza Strip

Five Palestinians have been killed in shelling after Israel ended a humanitarian ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, medics said.

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#Hamas agrees to 24-hour truce in #Gaza

shelling of GazaHamas and other Palestinian factions have agreed to a 24-hour humanitarian truce in the Gaza Strip, starting at 2pm local time (11:00 GMT) despite Israel accusing Hamas of violating an earlier ceasefire.

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Hamas calls #Israel truce terms 'unacceptable'

PalestiniansHamas has said an Israeli offer to extend a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza is unacceptable because it does not include provision for the withdrawal of Israeli troops and for residents in the enclave to return to their homes.

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#Egypt summons Turkish envoy over Erdogan slur

Egypt has warned Turkey of "further action" as it protested for the second time in a week at the Turkish premier criticising its president and Cairo's handling of the Gaza conflict.

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Iraqi Sunni politician seized in Baghdad

A senior Sunni politician has been taken by armed men from his home in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, according to police.

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Syrian fighters reported killed in air strike

Syrian air force strike on the border with Lebanon has killed at least 20 Syrian rebel fighters, security sources say.

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Sistani: #Iraq leaders must not cling to power

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq's top cleric, has called on political leaders to refrain from clinging to their posts, in an apparent reference to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who has defied demands that he step aside.

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