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Abducted #UNICEF aid worker released in #Yemen

The children's charity UNICEF has announced that its employee James Massaquoi, who was abducted in Yemen last year, has been released.

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Iraqi PM welcomes 'late' US army deployment

Haidar al-Abadi

Iraq's prime minister has said that the US military trainers heading to the country are welcome but "a little late," a day after US President Barack Obama unveiled plans to send 1,500 additional troops to the war-torn nation.

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Saudi denies it may ease ban on women drivers

Local media in Saudi Arabia have said a story published by the Associated Press news agency stating that the advisory council to Saudi Arabia's king had recommended easing a ban on women driving in the country is a "fabrication".

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Several killed in attacks across #Iraq

Two cars have exploded in seperate attacks in southwestern Baghdad's Shia al-Ameen neighbourhood, killing seven people and injuring 21 others, a police source has said, as hospital officials confirmed the casualties.

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Saleh's party rejects new Yemeni government

Saleh's party

Yemen's General People's Congress, the party of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, has rejected the newly formed government, announcing that the party's majority parliamentary bloc will not support a confidence vote backing it.

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#Yemen president sacked from party leadership

Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi has been dismissed from the leadership of his party after being accused of soliciting UN sanctions against his predecessor Ali Abdullah Saleh.

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Explosions hit #Fatah officials in #Gaza Strip

Fatah leaders

A series of co-ordinated explosions have targeted the homes of several leaders of President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah Party in the Gaza Strip, a party official has said.

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#Doha debate targets security and human rights

Reconciliation between security concerns and human rights has been at the forefront of the rights agenda at a conference in Doha.

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US to deploy 1,500 additional troops to #Iraq

additional troopsUS President Barack Obama has authorised the deployment of up to 1,500 additional troops to Iraq in order to help train and advise government and Kurdish forces fighting the armed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, the White House has said.

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Report: Barrel bombs kill 20 in #Syria

At least 20 civilians, including women and children, have been killed after Syrian government helicopters dropped explosive-packed barrel bombs on a district in Aleppo city, a monitoring group has said.

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