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Activists say 90 Christians abducted by ISIL in #Syria

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says abductions took place after ISIL seized Assyrian villages from Kurdish forces.

ISIL in Syria

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Gunmen kidnap French woman in Yemen's capital Sanaa

Woman who works for an international organisation abducted along with her Yemeni driver on her way to work.

Sanaa

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Yemen's ousted president withdraws resignation

Arab Gulf states and thousands of protesters back Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's bid to regain control of the country.

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UN says #ISIL abuses in #Iraq may amount to genocide

New report says at least 165 executions were carried out in ISIL-controlled areas in late 2014.

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Al Jazeera journalists' retrial adjourned in Cairo

New court date for Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy after convictions for alleged links to Muslim Brotherhood overturned.

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#Turkey building new tomb of Suleyman Shah inside #Syria

New location for historical figure's remains, evacuated in a military operation, is 200 metres from Turkey's border.

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US-led air strikes on #Syria ISIL targets 'kill 1,600'

Monitor says armed fighters make up most of the dead, but has documented deaths of 62 civilians since operations began.

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#Egypt sentences leading activist to five years in jail

Alaa Abdel Fattah, a leading secular figure in 2011 revolt that toppled Mubarak, found guilty of violating protest law.

Alaa Abdel Fattah

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#Egypt minister 'recorded discussing protest crackdown'

Audio recording appears to show interior minister advising in 2014 on how to shoot protesters without creating martyrs.

Mohamed Ibrahim

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UN envoy heads to #Syria in bid to contain fighting

Staffan de Mistura says he has received assurances that government will stop aerial bombardment of Aleppo for six weeks.

UN envoy

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