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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...

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...