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Egypt's Sisi pulls out of AU summit after Sinai attacks

Egyptian president cuts short Ethiopia visit after 45 killed in attack claimed by group that pledges allegiance to ISIL.

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Nasrallah: #Hezbollah to respond to Israeli attacks

Hezbollah leader says the group does not want war with Israel, but is ready for it.

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Troops killed in attacks in Egypt's North Sinai

Ansar Beit al-Maqdis says it targeted a police station and a military base in El-Arish, Sheik Zuwayid and Rafah.

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Saudi King Salman cements hold on power

Two sons of late King Abdullah relieved of responsibilities and heads of intelligence and other key agencies replaced.

King Salman

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Kurdish commander dies in #Kirkuk battle

ISIL kills senior Kurdish military commander and eight Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq, as attacks elsewhere kill 27.

The Kurds

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#Israel 'receives message of restraint' from #Hezbollah

Israeli defence minister says Hezbollah sent message through UN, saying the group is backing away from further violence.

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Sunset deadline passes for ISIL-held Jordanian pilot

Group threatening to kill pilot, Japanese journalist if prisoner not released but Amman is demanding proof of life.

Sajida al-Rishawi, Moaz al-Kasasbeh

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Report says US journalist in #Iran to face trial 'soon'

Washington Post condemns continued imprisonment of its journalist Jason Rezaian as "appalling and outrageous".

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#Syria Kurds return to 'destroyed' #Kobane

Kobane officials say at least half of the town is in ruins as many Kurds return after ISIL was pushed out on Monday.

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Rights group: Israeli bombing of #Gaza homes was policy

Report by Israeli rights group B'Tselem accuses Israel of deliberately bombing Gaza homes while occupants were inside.

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