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Erdogan decries coalition's focus on #Kobane

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he believes that the coalition combating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is focusing too much on the Syrian town of Kobane near the Turkish border and should turn its attention to other areas.

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Yemen's Houthis give ultimatum to president

Houthi rebels controlling Yemen's capital have given the president 10 days to form a government, hinting at the introduction of an alternative administration if their demands are not met.

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#Israel unveils maritime version of Iron Dome

The maker of Israel's "Iron Dome" has unveiled a maritime version of the rocket-blocking defence system which it says could be especially useful in protecting national economic resources at sea like oil and gas platforms.

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UN envoy proposes #Syria 'fighting freeze'

UN peace envoy Staffan de Mistura has presented an "action plan" for Syria, proposing to "freeze" fighting in local areas to allow for aid deliveries and to lay the groundwork for talks.

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Iraqi army inches towards Beiji oil refinery

Beiji oil refineryIraqi security forces have advanced further into towns north of Baghdad in a new offensive to retake the country's biggest oil refinery from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters.

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#ISIL shells Kobane's border post with #Turkey

KobaneFighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have shelled the border crossing between Syria and Turkey in their latest attempt to stop an expected arrival of Kurdish troops from Iraq to help defend Kobane.

Read more: #ISIL shells Kobane's border post with #Turkey

   

#Israel reopens Al-Aqsa amid intense security

right-wing activistsIsrael reopened Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound for the Muslim Friday prayers, but restricted entry for Muslim men under the age of 50, following a rare closure due to clashes sparked by the killing of a Palestinian by police.

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#Peshmerga troops enter #Kobane to fight #ISIL

The first group of Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters has entered the beseiged Syrian town of Kobane through the border crossing with Turkey, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said.

Read more: #Peshmerga troops enter #Kobane to fight #ISIL

   

Yemen's Houthis capture strategic city

Yemen's Houthi rebels have captured a key city linking the capital to the south as they push to control more territory of the country.

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Clashes in #Jerusalem after shooting of rabbi

JerusalemClashes have erupted between Israeli security forces and Palestinian youths in occupied East Jerusalem a day after a gunman on a motorcycle shot and seriously wounded a far-right rabbi.

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