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  • Two more towns fall to armed fighters in #Iraq

    News - Middle East
    Rebels in Iraq have gained more ground in Iraq overnight, moving into two strategically-important towns in the province of Diyala, northeast of Baghdad, after security forces abandoned their posts. ...
  • #Egypt extends AJ journalist's imprisonment

    News - Middle East
    An Egyptian court has ruled that an Al Jazeera journalist jailed without charge since last August will remain in prison for at least another 45 days. ...
  • Obama warns of US action against #ISIL in #Iraq

    News - Middle East
    The US is prepared to intensify its support to Iraq to help drive out al-Qaeda-inspired fighters who have seized several cities, President Barack Obama has said. ...
  • #Iraq cleric issues call to arms against #ISIL

    News - Middle East
    Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq's senior-most Shia cleric, has called on Iraqis to take up arms against Sunni fighters advancing towards Baghdad, prompting an immediate response from hundreds who volunteered to bolster the capital's defences. ...
  • #Israel searches for 'kidnapped' students

    News - Middle East
    The Israeli army is searching for three missing Jewish teenagers in the occupied West Bank, in what military is calling a suspected kidnapping, officials have said. ...
  • #Egypt court acquits Mubarak-era minister

    News - Middle East
    An Egyptian court has acquitted a former interior minister who served under Hosni Mubarak of corruption, three years after he was sentenced to 12 years in jail by another court. ...
  • #Iran vows to combat 'terrorism' in #Iraq

    News - Middle East
    Predominantly Shia Muslim Iran will combat the "violence and terrorism" of Sunni armed groups who have launched an anti-government offensive in neighbouring Iraq, President Hassan Rouhani has warned. ...
  • Iraq's Maliki 'appealed for US air strikes'

    News - Middle East
    Iraq's prime minister has asked the United States to carry out drone and air strikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters, but the US has so far refused to get involved, according to a report. ...
  • #ISIL vows to march on Iraq's capital

    News - Middle East
    Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have vowed to march on Baghdad, as Iraq's parliament failed to agree the declaration of a nationwide state of emergency. ...
  • Assad says West shifting position on #Syria

    News - Middle East
    President Bashar al-Assad has said that Western countries are starting to shift their position on the conflict in Syria because of the danger posed to them by the rebel groups they had previously backed. ...
  • Strike in Jerusalem over jailed Palestinians

    News - Middle East
    Shops in occupied East Jerusalem have downed their shutters in solidarity with hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, many of whom have been in hospital. ...
  • Iraq city of Tikrit falls to ISIL fighters

    News - Middle East
    The Iraqi city of Tikrit has been seized by fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, security sources have said, the second city to fall to the group in two days. ...
  • Israeli air strike hits northern Gaza

    News - Middle East
    An Israeli air strike has hit the northern Gaza Strip and killed one Palestinian and wounded two others, emergency services have said. ...
  • Leading Egyptian activist jailed for 15 years

    News - Middle East
    An Egyptian court has sentenced leading activist Alaa Abdel Fattah to 15 years in jail for violating a protest law and on other charges, his lawyer said. ...
  • Push to annex settlements polarises Israelis

    News - Middle East
    The dysfunction within the Israeli government was summed up in two speeches here on Sunday night: One Israeli minister threatened to blow up the ruling coalition, and another happily offered him the dynamite. ...
  • Power-line attack plunges #Yemen into darkness

    News - Middle East
    Yemen remains in a state of total darkness a day after a series of attacks on power lines left the country without electricity. ...
  • #Iraq forces 'regain Tikrit after ISIL raid'

    News - Middle East
    Iraqi security sources claim to have regained control of the northern city of Tikrit, hours after it was taken over by fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. ...
  • #ISIL abduct Turkish consul staff in Mosul

    News - Middle East
    Turkey has promised to retaliate if any of its citizens are harmed in Iraq, after 49 members of the Turkish consulate in Mosul were abducted by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. ...
  • #Yemen shakes up cabinet amid power protests

    News - Middle East
    Yemen's president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has replaced five ministers in his cabinet amid angry street protests over power cuts and fuel shortages. ...
  • Thousands of Iraqis flee after Mosul seized

    News - Middle East
    Tens of thousands of people have fled Iraq's second biggest city Mosul after former al-Qaeda splinter group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) took control of the city. ...
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