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The Happy we are from Tehran video was brought to the attention of the Iranian authorities in May 2014, after receiving more than 150,000 views

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Six people have been arrested in Iran for appearing in a video dancing to Pharrell Williams' song Happy. They have been sentenced to up to...

France has launched its first air strikes against ISIS militants in Iraq

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France has launched its first air strikes against Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Iraq, the office of President Francois Hollande says. A statement said planes...

The video featuring John Cantlie has been released nearly a week after footage depicting the death of David Haines, the first British hostage to be killed

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The Islamic State (ISIS) group has released a new video showing British man John Cantlie believed to be held hostage by the jihadist militants. Dressed...

Thirty countries taking part in a major conference in Paris talks have pledged to help Iraq fight ISIS militants by all means necessary

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Thirty countries taking part in a major conference in Paris talks have pledged to help Iraq fight Islamic State (ISIS) militants "by all means...

The CIA estimates that the ISIS militant group may have up to 31,000 fighters in Iraq and Syria, three times as many as previously feared

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The Islamic State (ISIS) militant group may have up to 31,000 fighters in Iraq and Syria - three times as many as previously feared,...

Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Saudi Arabia to meet key Arab leaders, as he tries to build a coalition against ISIS militants

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Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Saudi Arabia to meet key Arab leaders, as he tries to build a coalition against Islamic...

Barack Obama has announced that the US will not hesitate to take action against Islamic State militants in Syria as well as Iraq

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President Barack Obama has announced that the US will not hesitate to take action against Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Syria as well as...

John Kerry has started a Middle East tour to build support for action against ISIS

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Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Iraq at the start of a Middle East tour to build support for action against Islamic...

Mohamed Morsi is being charged with handing over Egypt’s security documents to Qatar

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Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Morsi is being charged with handing over national security documents to Qatar, the state prosecutor says. Relations between Egypt and Qatar...

Steven Sotloff was abducted near Aleppo in northern Syria in August 2013

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A new Islamic State video has showed the killing of American journalist Steven Sotloff. Steven Sotloff, 31, disappeared in Syria in 2013. He appeared at...

President Hassan Rouhani has urged Iran’s clerics to be more tolerant of the internet and new technologies

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Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has urged clerics from his country to be more tolerant of the internet and new technologies. In a speech broadcast on...

Humanitarian aid drops have been made by the US planes to the besieged Iraqi town of Amirli

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Humanitarian aid drops have been made by the US planes to the besieged Iraqi town of Amirli, the Pentagon has said. Some 15,000 minority Shia...

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has warned that extremists could attack Europe and the US if there is not a strong international response to terrorism

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King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has warned that extremists could attack Europe and the US if there is not a strong international response to...

Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu has declared victory in Gaza after a seven-week conflict

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Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu has declared victory in Gaza after a seven-week conflict. The Palestinian Islamist Hamas movement was "hit hard and got none of...

Israel and Hamas have agreed a long-term ceasefire in the Gaza Strip

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Israel and Hamas have agreed a long-term ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. The truce, ending seven weeks of fighting that has left more than 2,200...

President Barack Obama has authorized surveillance flights over Syria in order to gain intelligence on the activities of Islamic State

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President Barack Obama has authorized surveillance flights over Syria in order to gain intelligence on the activities of Islamic State (ISIS). Correspondents say the move...

More than 191,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict up to April 2014

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UN human rights chief Navi Pillay has announced that 191,369 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict up to April 2014. Navi Pillay said...

Journalist James Foley was abducted in Syria in November 2012

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James Foley’s killers wanted a $132 million ransom for his release, his employer has said. GlobalPost CEO Philip Balboni said the Islamic State (ISIS) militants...

Hamas commanders Mohammed Abu Shamala, Mohammed Barhoum and Raed al-Attar died in an Israeli attack near the southern town of Rafah

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Three senior Hamas military commanders have been killed by an Israeli airstrike on a house in Gaza, militants say. Mohammed Abu Shamala, Mohammed Barhoum and...

James Foley had reported extensively across the Middle East, working for GlobalPost and other media outlets

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Acccording to US officials, a secret military mission had tried but failed to free journalist James Foley and other American hostages in Syria. Their comments...

Hamas military commander Mohammed Deif’s wife and son have been killed in an Israeli airstrike on the Gaza Strip

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Hamas military commander Mohammed Deif’s wife and son have been killed in an Israeli airstrike on the Gaza Strip. At least 19 Palestinians have died...

Journalist James Foley went missing in Syria in 2012

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The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) has released a video apparently showing the killing of American journalist James Foley, who went...

The Gaza ceasefire was extended until midnight on August 19 to allow talks on a more long-term arrangement

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The Gaza ceasefire has been extended by another day to allow talks in Cairo, according to an Egyptian government statement late on Monday. The truce...

Iraq’s PM Nouri al-Maliki has agreed to step aside, ending political deadlock in Baghdad

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Iraq’s PM Nouri al-Maliki has agreed to step aside, ending political deadlock in Baghdad as the government struggles against insurgents. His replacement, Haider al-Abadi, has...

Israel and Gaza officials have agreed to extend a ceasefire by five days, minutes before the expiry of a three-day truce

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Israel and Gaza officials have reportedly agreed to extend a ceasefire by five days, minutes before the expiry of a three-day truce. Officials from both...