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US warplanes hit Islamic State group in #Iraq

F/A-18The US Defence Department has said the US military has conducted an airstrike against Islamic State fighters near the northern Iraqi city of Erbil.

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#Gaza fighting resumes after ceasefire ends

Gaza CityIsrael has hit the Gaza Strip with missiles and artillery for the first time in three days, while Palestinian fighters launched a barrage of rockets at Israel, just hours after a ceasefire between the two sides expired.

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Last-ditch talks underway to save #Gaza truce

waterMediators are racing against the clock to extend a truce between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, as the three-day ceasefire entered its final hours.

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Obama authorises air strikes in #Iraq

international help for IraqUS President Barack Obama has authorised targeted air strikes in Iraq, saying the measure was meant to avert "genocide" in the country.

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UN calls for international help for #Iraq

armyThe United Nations Security Council has condemned the recent attacks by the Islamic State group in Iraq and called for international support for the country.

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Yemeni troops clash with 'al-Qaeda fighters'

Yemeni troops defending a key southern city have battled with suspected members of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula for a second day, killing at least eight of them and raising the fighters total death toll from the ongoing clashes to 26.

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Syrian fighters pull out of Lebanon's Arsal

Syrian armed groups have mostly withdrawn from a Lebanese border town they had seized, taking with them captive Lebanese soldiers, as a truce to end deadly fighting there appeared to be holding.

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#Gaza: World leaders' response

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The shellings and rocket fire over the Gaza Strip have stopped for now, as a ceasefire holds for a third day.

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Islamic State takes Iraqi Christian town

Fighters have taken over Iraq's largest Christian town Qaraqosh and surrounding areas and sent tens of thousands of panicked residents fleeing towards autonomous Kurdistan, officials and witnesses have said.

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Dozens killed in Baghdad car bombs

At least 47 people were killed when two car bombs exploded in a Shia neighbourhood in the Iraqi capital, medical and security officials have said.

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