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#Netanyahu defiant after US criticism

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has issued a defiant statement, vowing to make no concessions to the Palestinians after a scathing criticism by a White House official over his policy on the occupation and settlement expansions.

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#Israel 'assumes' #Hezbollah is digging tunnels

An Israeli army general has said his country believes Hezbollah may have dug tunnels across the border from Lebanon in preparation for any future war, but added that there was no conclusive evidence.

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Dozens killed in #Syria barrel bomb 'massacre'

Syria barrel bombAt least 60 people have been killed and dozens injured after a Syrian government helicopter dropped two barrel bombs on a camp for people displaced by fighting in the country's north, charring some bodies beyond recognition.

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Syrian rebels join battle to protect #Kobane

Free Syrian armySyrian rebels have joined efforts to protect the besieged Syrian town of Kobane, as Kurdish fighters continue to wait for the arrival of 150 Iraqi Kurdish troops in the battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

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#Egypt blows up houses for Sinai buffer zone

Gaza borderEgyptian authorities have ordered residents living along the country's eastern border with the Gaza Strip to evacuate their homes prior to their demolishing because the army plans to set up a buffer zone.

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#Syria neighbours call for help with refugees

Syria's neighbours have urged European countries to open their doors to more refugees from the civil war and for immediate financial and technological help as their infrastructures buckle under the massive influx.

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#Bahrain court suspends opposition party

A Bahraini court has issued an order suspending the activities of the country's main Shia opposition group just weeks before parliamentary elections are to be held, AFP news agency quoted a court official in the Gulf island kingdom as saying.

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No Interpol warrant for Al Jazeera journalist

The global police organisation Interpol has rejected Egypt's request for an international arrest warrant against Ahmed Mansour, a senior Al Jazeera Arabic TV journalist.

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Prominent Egyptian blogger back behind bars

An Egyptian court has ordered prominent activist, Alaa Abdel Fattah, back to jail after he was previously freed on bail during a trial for taking part in an illegal protest.

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Iraqi Peshmerga set to join #Kobane battle

Kurdish forcesDozens of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are leaving Iraq for the besieged Syrian town of Kobane to help fellow Kurds in their battle against the ISIL.

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