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Indonesian president dismisses IS recruitment call

Indonesia’s president dismissed a call to arms to Indonesians by the Islamic State rebels in the Middle East Friday, saying the group’s version of Islam is heretical. IS’s attempt to spread its ideology “is a threat to our identity,” Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono told parliament ahead of Independence Day. “Leaders across[…]

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Maliki gives up Iraq PM job to rival

Nouri al-Maliki has finally bowed to pressure within Iraq and beyond and stepped down as prime minister, paving the way for a new coalition that world and regional powers hope can quash the Islamic State group. “I announce before you today, to ease the movement of the political process and[…]

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WHO: Ebola outbreak vastly underestimated

Staff with the World Health Organisation battling an Ebola outbreak in West Africa see evidence the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimates the scale of the outbreak, the UN agency has said on its website. The death toll from the world’s worst outbreak of Ebola stood on Wednesday[…]

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Deaths at protests marking Egypt’s Rabaa

Two people have been killed in Cairo during protests to mark the first anniversary of the Rabaa crackdown in which at least 1,000 people died. The protesters were shot dead as Egyptian security forces on Thursday dispersed hundreds of supporters of the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, who had blocked several[…]

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UN declares Iraq emergency amid clashes

The United Nations has declared its highest level of emergency in Iraq even as fresh clashes between government troops and Sunni rebels killed four children west of Baghdad. Fighting erupted early on Thursday in the rebel-held city of Fallujah, about 65km west of Baghdad. The clashes on the city’s northern[…]

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Gaza truce holds despite shaky start

Israel and Gaza rebels were holding their fire Thursday morning after a new truce got off to a shaky start, with night-time Palestinian rocket fire followed by Israeli air strikes. The Israeli army said that there had been no fighting for several hours, since Israeli air raids into Gaza finished[…]

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‘Far fewer’ stranded on mountain than thought: US

The United States said Wednesday its troops found “far fewer” Yazidi refugees marooned on a northern Iraqi mountain than expected, making an evacuation mission less likely, after air strikes pummeled besieging Islamic rebels. The UN refugee agency has said tens of thousands of civilians, many of them members of the[…]

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IS capture towns in Syria’s north

Islamic State fighters have captured two key towns and several villages near Syria’s northern border with Turkey after pushing out rival fighters in fierce clashes, opposition groups and activists said. Activists said fighters from the group captured the towns of Akhtarin and Turkmanbareh after fierce clashes with rebels who are[…]

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