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#Iraq PM sacks officials over 'ghost soldiers'

Haider al-Abadi "retires" at least 24 senior officials after government finds 50,000 non-existent soldiers on payroll.

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Israel's PM hints at early national elections

Netanyahu says he will move up parliamentary elections unless coalition ministers stop undermining his policies.

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Tahrir Square closed ahead of #Egypt protests

Islamist and pro-revolutionary groups call for separate protests after the dismissal of charges against Mubarak.

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Israeli PM fires top ministers

Benjamin Netanyahu dismisses finance and justice ministers, setting stage for early elections.

Benjamin Netanyahu

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#ISIL kills Iraqi border guards near #Syria

Attack in western Anbar province leaves at least 16 servicemen dead and four more wounded, officials say.

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#Lebanon detains wife and son of Al-Baghdadi

Family members of ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi detained by army at Syria-Lebanon border crossing, officials say.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

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#Egypt prosecutor to appeal Mubarak acquittal

Prosecutor's office cites "legal flaw" in ruling that cleared ex-president of murder over protester deaths in 2011.

Cairo court

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Saudi woman 'arrested' for driving

Activists say Loujain Hathloul tried to defy ban and drive into country from neighbouring UAE was blocked at border.

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#Iraq uncovers 50,000 'ghost soldiers'

Prime minister reveals existence of 50,000 fictitious names crowding the payroll in major fraud for the country's army.

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#Egypt outlaws #ISIL and affiliated groups

Court designates armed group and affiliates, including Sinai-based Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, as "terrorist" organisations.

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