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Jihadists Burn Three Iraq Oil Wells as Kurds Attack

Retreating jihadists set three wells ablaze at a northern Iraq oil field Thursday as they battled Kurdish forces who launched a major attack nearby, officials said.

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IS Executes 'Dozens' of Captured Syrian Soldiers

Islamic State fighters have executed "dozens" of Syrian soldiers it captured during its storming of a key northern air base this week, a monitoring group said on Thursday.

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Poll: Israelis Skeptical of PM Gaza Victory Claim

A new poll has shown that a majority of Israelis are skeptical of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's claim that Israel achieved a "great military and political" victory over Hamas in the latest round of fighting in the Gaza Strip.

The poll, published in Thursday's Haaretz newspaper, shows that 54 percent of those surveyed believe there was no clear winner the 50 days of war. The fighting killed more than 2,100 Palestinians and 69 Israelis.

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On Syria, Obama Faces Questions on Congress' Role

President Barack Obama faces a familiar question as he contemplates airstrikes in Syria: Should Congress have a say in his decision?

Obama was barreling toward strikes last summer when he abruptly announced that he first wanted approval from congressional lawmakers. But Congress balked at Obama's request for a vote and the operation was eventually scrapped.

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In Aleppo, Syria Rebels Back U.S. strikes against Jihadists

In Syria's Aleppo, devastated by two years of fighting and regime attacks, rebels and activists are eager for U.S. strikes against jihadists they say have stolen their anti-government uprising.

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Egypt Probes Morsi for 'Giving Security Papers to Qatar'

Egypt has opened an investigation into deposed president Mohamed Morsi for allegedly handing over to Qatar "documents relevant to national security," state news agency MENA reported on Wednesday. 

Morsi is already facing the death penalty in several trials and his supporters have been the target of a bloody crackdown by the authorities that has left more than 1,400 dead since he was turfed out in July 2013. 

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Yemen Shiite Rebels Rally in Sanaa and Vow 'Escalation'

Tens of thousands of supporters of Yemen's Shiite rebels demonstrated in the capital Sanaa on Wednesday, threatening escalation which their leader vowed would be "painful", an Agence France Presse correspondent reported.

"The people want the government out," chanted protesters gathered in Sanaa's northern district, shunning a plea by President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi on Tuesday for the rebels to disperse.

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Top Saudi Envoys in Qatar Talks amid Brotherhood Rift

High-ranking Saudi envoys held talks with the Qatari emir on Wednesday after months of strained relations over Doha's support for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Libya and Syria.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, intelligence chief Prince Khaled bin Bandar, and Interior Minister Nayef bin Abdulaziz met with Qatar's emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in Doha, the official Qatari News Agency said.

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Netanyahu: Hamas Won None of its Demands in Gaza Truce

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that Islamist foe Hamas had achieved none of its demands in a truce ending 50 days of deadly conflict in Gaza.

"Hamas was hit hard and got none of its demands," Netanyahu said at a news conference in Jerusalem, his first comments since the ceasefire went into effect on Tuesday evening.

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A Mother's Appeal as Fears Mount for Syria Hostages

The mother of a U.S. hostage who has been threatened with death by jihadist militants pleaded for his life on Wednesday amid mounting fears for Americans captured in Syria.

Last week's murder of journalist James Foley by the so-called Islamic State has focused attention on other American hostages, including 31-year-old freelancer Steven Sotloff.

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