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Iraqi forces advance on #ISIL strongholds in #Tikrit

Street-to-street battles ongoing as troops and Shia militias move toward central areas in key city.

Iraqi forces

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Saudi Arabia recalls its ambassador to #Sweden

Riyadh recalls ambassador following Stockholm's criticism of the kingdom's human rights and democracy records.

Margot Wallstrom

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Amnesty decries #Iran draft law to boost population

Rights group says move will restrict access to birth control and reduce women to "baby-making machines".

Iran's population

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Suicide bombing targets police in Egypt's Sinai

One civilian killed and 25 policemen injured after suicide car bomber targets barracks in city of El Arish.

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Gulf states seek to host #Yemen talks in Riyadh

It is not clear who will take part in the negotiations reportedly requested by Yemeni President Hadi.

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Iraqi forces enter parts of #Tikrit in major offensive

Government says its forces and Shia militias are stationed in main streets leading to ISIL-held hometown of Saddam.

Iraqi government forces

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Ex-Yemen leader asks President Hadi to go into exile

Ali Abdullah Saleh accuses his successor, who has re-established presidency in Aden city, of destroying the country.

Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi

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Construction workers stage rare protest in #Dubai

Authorities say police negotiators resolved dispute between hundreds of protesters and their employer within one hour.

Dubai Mall

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Iraqi forces capture town and oil fields outside Tikrit

State TV says government troops, backed by Shia volunteer fighters and air raids, retake al-Alam district from ISIL.

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Deaths reported in coalition air raid on #Syria refinery

US joint task force promises probe into monitoring group's claim of civilian fatalities in attack near Turkish border.

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