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US launches strikes around Iraq's Haditha Dam

Fighter jetsThe United States has begun carrying out air strikes near Iraq's Haditha Dam which was under threat from Islamic State (IS) fighters, a US defence official has said.

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Abbas warns he may end unity deal with #Hamas

Palestinian President Mahmoud AbbasPalestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has threatened to break off a unity agreement with Hamas if the movement does not allow the government to operate properly in the Gaza Strip.

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Arab League pledges to tackIe Islamic State

Nabil el-ArabyArab foreign ministers meeting in Cairo for an Arab League meeting have vowed to take all necessary measures to combat the Islamic State group while agreeing to cooperate with all international and regional efforts.

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Saudi unveils 900km fence along #Iraq border

Saudi Arabia has unveiled a 900km multi-layered fence along its border with Iraq, as part of efforts to secure the kingdom's vast desert frontiers against infiltrators and smugglers, state media SPA has said.

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Morsi charged with passing documents to #Qatar

Deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi is to be tried on accusations that he handed documents relating to national security to Qatar, the state prosecutor has announced.

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US announces coalition to fight Islamic State

The US has announced that Nato allies have agreed to form a coalition to fight the Islamic State, with Barack Obama stating the group's "savage nihilism" must be confronted.

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#Iran diverts plane carrying US citizens

A charter jet carrying US citizens between Afghanistan's Bagram airbase and Dubai was forced to land in Iran due to "bureacratic issues", a US official has said.

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#Egypt accused of torturing teenage prisoners

Egyptian authoritiesEgyptian authorities have been accused by a human rights group of being complicit in the torture and sexual abuse of 52 teenagers, jailed for "peacefully" demonstrating against the government.

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#Israel tenders for more West Bank settlements

Israel's settlement Israel has said it published tenders for 283 new homes in settlement in the occupied West Bank, just days after announcing its biggest land grab on the territory in three decades.

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Civilians killed as Iraqi forces raid Kirkuk

Kurdish forcesIraqi army helicopters have conducted airstrikes in the northern Kirkuk province, killing at least seven people and injuring 20 others, as the military pursued Islamic State fighters in the country's north, sources on the ground say.

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