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Badie death sentence reduced to life in #Egypt

Egypt's Grand Mufti has commuted the death sentence handed to the Muslim Brotherhood's leader, Mohamed Badie, to a life sentence.

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Suicide attack kills soldiers near #Baghdad

A suicide bomber has detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle at a checkpoint 20km south of Baghdad, killing at least 11 people, including seven soldiers, and wounding at least 25, Iraqi interior ministry has said.

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Reports: Dozens of UN peacekeepers rescued

syria-israelNearly three dozen UN peacekeepers from the Philippines who were trapped by Syrian rebel fighters in the Golan Heights have been successfully rescued amid a firefight, Reuters news agency reported, citing a UN official. 

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UN troops held in Golan 'for own protection'

The UN says it has been told by al-Qaeda linked rebels that they seized 44 Fijian peacekeepers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights "for their own protection" and that they were all safe.

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#Yemen capital gripped by huge rival protests

Tens of thousands of supporters of Yemen's Shia rebels have rallied in the capital Sanaa to press for the government to step down, as a large number of its backers held a counter-demonstration.

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Obama admits 'no strategy' on IS in #Syria

Barack Obama has said the US has "no strategy" against the Islamic State in Syria but said officials had been asked to prepare a range of military options for confronting the group.

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Islamic State 'waterboarded' prisoners

At least four hostages held by the Islamic State group in Syria, including the murdered American journalist James Foley, were "waterboarded" in the early part of their captivity, a US newspaper has reported.

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UN says #Syria refugees top three million mark

Syria refugeesThe United Nations says the civil war in Syria has forced more than three million people to flee the country, an increase of one million in the past year alone.

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Islamic State group executes Syrian soldiers

Islamic State groupThe Islamic State group has killed dozens of Syrian soldiers it captured after overrunning a military base in northeastern Syria.

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UN soldiers seized by rebels in Golan Heights

Golan HeightsAl-Qaeda linked Syrian rebels have been accused of seizing 43 UN soldiers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and trapped another 81 in the region, the UN has said.

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