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#ISIL pushes deeper into besieged Syrian town

KobaneFighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have advanced deeper into the embattled Syrian town of Kobane, taking control of more than 40 percent of territory, a group monitoring the violence has said.

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US says air power 'not enough' to save #Kobane

US-led coalition air strikes have managed to push back some fighters belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the Syrian city of Kobane, but US and UK officials have said that air power alone cannot prevent the city from falling.

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Yemen's PM-designate rejects nomination

The Yemeni government's pick to be the country's next prime minister has turned down the post, following threats from the Houthi rebel group to hold a mass protest against his appointment.

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US steps up air strikes on #ISIL in #Syria

US-led coalition warplanes have intensified bombing raids to push back the armed group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) intent on seizing the Kurdish town of Kobane in Syria, the US military said.

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Scores dead in Yemen's blasts

Houthi gatheringAt least 67 people have been killed in twin suicide blasts across Yemen, one targeting a gathering of rebels in the country's capital and the other a military outpost in the eastern Hadramout province, officials say.

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Palestinian unity government meets in #Gaza

Palestinian unity governmentThe Palestinian unity government has held its first meeting in war-torn Gaza, the first cabinet session since 2007, when a brief armed confrontation soured relations between Hamas and Fatah faction.

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New air strikes hit #ISIL positions in #Kobane

Mevlut CavusogluThe US-led coalition has carried out its most intense day of strikes on the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL), whose fighters still managed to capture a police station to the east of Kobane, a border Syrian city that is the centre of weeks-long battles.

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#Yemen rebel leader calls for mass protests

The leader of the Houthi rebels in Yemen has called for mass protests in the capital Sanaa over the president's appointment of a new prime minister.

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Allies consider 'buffer zone' inside #Syria

border town of KobaneThe US and UK have said they are willing to examine the possibility of creating a "buffer zone" between Syria and Turkey as ISIL continues its assault on the border town of Kobane.

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UN: World must act to prevent #Kobane massacre

The UN envoy for Syria has urged the international community to act to prevent the “rape and massacre" of Kobane, as US-led air attacks failed to stop ISIL storming the Kurdish-Syrian town.

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