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Kerry: Saving #Kobane not part of strategy

John Kerry has said the US is deeply concerned about the "tragedy" in the Syrian town of Kobane, where self-declared jihadist fighters have been tightening their grip.

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UN chief slams 'provocations' in #Jerusalem

The al-Aqsa complex

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has spoken out against "provocations" at Jerusalem's holy sites, hours after Israeli police clashed with Palestinian protesters near al-Aqsa mosque.

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#Yemen names new prime minister to end crisis

Yemen's president, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, has appointed the country's envoy to the United Nations, Khaled Bahah, as prime minister, according to an aide.

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Iraqi city falls to #ISIL as army withdraws

Shia militiasThe Iraqi army has withdrawn from its last base in the city of Hit in Anbar province following weeks of fighting with the ISIL, leaving the group in full control, security sources have said.

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#Egypt universities rocked by fresh protests

Egypt studentsUniversity students in Egypt have staged new protests against government measures restricting political dissent in educational institutions.

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Fresh clashes erupt around Al-Aqsa compound

Al-Aqsa mosque Israeli police have clashed with young Palestinian protesters demonstrating against Jews visiting the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, Islam's third holiest site.

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Kurds holding line as #ISIL push on town

Kurdish fighters have thwarted an advance by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) into the heart of the besieged Syrian town of Kobane, according to a monitoring group.

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Triple suicide attack hits Kurds in #Iraq

Kurds in Iraq A triple suicide attack tore through a Kurdish compound in eastern Iraq, killing at least 29 members of the security forces and wounding 88, according to hospital and security officials.

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Donors pledge cash for #Gaza reconstruction

Gaza reconstructionGlobal donors have pledged hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the devastated Gaza Strip amid warnings that the battered Palestinian enclave remained a "tinderbox" following its summer war with Israel.

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#Egypt police storm restive universities

Cairo UniversityPolice backed by armoured vehicles have stormed the campuses of at least two prominent Egyptian universities to quell anti-government protests by students, security officials say.

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