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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...

Iraq’s deputy speaker of parliament, Haider al-Abadi, has been asked by President Fuad Masum to form a new government

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Iraqi President Fuad Masum has asked the deputy speaker of parliament, Haider al-Abadi, to form a new government. Haider al-Abadi had previously been nominated prime...

The US has begun directly providing weapons to Kurdish forces in northern Iraq

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The US has begun directly providing weapons to Kurdish forces who have started to make gains against Islamic State (IS) militants in northern Iraq,...

A 72-hour ceasefire has come into effect between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza, after a day of intense diplomacy

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A 72-hour ceasefire has come into effect between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza, after a day of intense diplomacy. It is hoped the latest...

The US military has carried out a third round of airstrikes on Sunni Muslim militants to defend civilians in northern Iraq

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The US military has carried out a third round of airstrikes on Sunni Muslim militants to defend civilians in northern Iraq. US jet fighters and...

Talks in Cairo aimed at securing a fresh ceasefire in Gaza are under renewed strain, with both sides in the conflict issuing warnings

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Palestinian negotiators at Cairo ceasefire talks said they would leave on Sunday if Israel did not attend without preconditions. Talks in Cairo aimed at securing...

here have been more than 200 accidents involving Iranian planes in the past 25 years, leading to more than 2,000 deaths

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A small plane crashed at Mehrabad airport, near Tehran, killing more than 40 passengers, Iranian state media report.The aircraft went down at Mehrabad airport,...

Barack Obama has warned it is going to take some time to help Iraqi people overcome the jihadist-led Sunni rebellion and stabilize their country

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President Barack Obama has warned it is "going to take some time" to help Iraqi people overcome the jihadist-led Sunni rebellion and stabilize their...

The US army has conducted its second air-drop of food and water to Iraqi people hiding in mountains from jihadist fighters

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The US army has conducted its second air-drop of food and water to Iraqi people hiding in mountains from jihadist fighters, the Pentagon says. The...

The US army has launched an airstrike against IS militants in Iraq

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The US army has launched an airstrike against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq. The Pentagon said American aircraft attacked artillery that was being used...

Israel has resumed air strikes in Gaza after Palestinian militants fired rockets following the end of a three-day truce

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Israel has resumed air strikes in Gaza after Palestinian militants fired rockets following the end of a three-day truce on Friday morning. The Israeli army...

Barack Obama has authorized two operations against Islamic militants in northern Iraq

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President Barack Obama has authorized targeted air strikes against Islamic militants in northern Iraq but will not send US troops back to the country. Barack...

Up to a quarter of Iraq's Christians are reported to be fleeing after Islamic militants seized Qaraqosh

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More than 25% of Iraq's Christians are reported to be fleeing after Islamic militants seized Qaraqosh, the minority's biggest town in the country. The Islamic...

At least 30 people have been killed in an air strike in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul

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An air strike in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul has killed at least 30 people, reports say. Some of those killed were being held...