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IS executes 67 in Western Iraq

Islamic State rebels have executed 67 people from a pro-government Sunni tribe in the western Iraqi province of Anbar, a tribal leader said Sunday, the latest mass killing carried out by the radical group. “Daesh executed last night (Saturday) 67 members of the al-Bu Nimr tribe including children and women,”[…]

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Israel closes gaza border crossings

Israel has closed two border crossings with Gaza, the army said on Sunday, after a rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave struck its territory. “The crossing points for people and goods, Erez and Kerem Shalom, have been closed until further notice except for humanitarian aid,” an army spokeswoman said. She[…]

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Burkina Faso opposition rejects army takeover

Burkina Faso’s opposition parties and the African Union have rejected the army’s seizure of power in the West African country after the resignation of President Blaise Compaore. A coalition of opposition parties and civil society groups met late on Saturday and issued a statement in which they described the army[…]

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Yemeni factions agree to form government

Yemen’s main political factions, including the Houthi rebels, have signed an agreement mandating the president and prime minister to form a new government in an effort to defuse political tensions that have crippled the country. Prime Minister Khaled Bahah will head the selection of the new ministers with consultation from[…]

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Missing Nigerian schoolgirls ‘married off’

Boko Haram’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, has said the 219 schoolgirls kidnapped from the remote town of Chibok in Nigeria’s northeast in April have converted to Islam and been married off. Shekau made the remarks in a video obtained by the AFP news agency on Friday. “Don’t you know the over[…]

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Iraqi peshmerga fighters cross into Kobane

Iraqi peshmerga fighters have begun entering the Syrian border town of Kobane where they were expected to join the battle against Islamic State and the Levant (ISIL) fighters beseiging the town. Peshmerga forces entered through the Yumurtalik crossing on Friday armed with heavy weaponry, including anti-aircraft machine guns and mobile[…]

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Rival officers claim power in Burkina Faso

An army general and a colonel have both announced they will lead a transition to democracy after Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaore was pushed out by street protests, ending a 27-year reign. Colonel Yacouba Zida said in a recorded address posted early on Saturday on the website of a national[…]

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ISIL shells Kobane’s border post with Turkey

Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have shelled the border crossing between Syria and Turkey in their latest attempt to stop an expected arrival of Kurdish troops from Iraq to help defend Kobane. Friday’s bombardment of the Mursitpinar post came a day after a first contingent[…]

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Burkina Faso president resigns after protests

Blaise Compaore, the president of Burkina Faso, has been forced to leave power after days of protests by tens of thousands of people calling for his ousting. It appeared that the chief of the country’s armed forces took power after the president’s resignation. Compaore announced his resignation in a statement[…]

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Only men over 50 allowed at Al Aqsa

Muslim men over 50 prayed at the Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday amid intense security, a day after Israel closed all access to the sacred compound for the first time in more than a decade following violence on the streets. More than 1,000 Israeli police were deployed around[…]

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