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  • 49 Turks kidnapped by IS militants freed

    Forty-nine Turks held hostage for months by Islamic State (IS) jihadists in northern Iraq were freed and returned to Turkey on Saturday, to emotional family reunions and a triumphant Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. Full story

  • Deadly shipwreck fails to deter migrants in Egypt

    A twist of fate stopped Abu Fahd boarding a doomed migrant boat that sank off Malta with hundreds aboard, but the Syrian and his family are already plotting another perilous voyage. Full story

  • Iran receptive to new nuke proposal — diplomats

    With Iran refusing US demands that it gut its uranium enrichment programme, the two sides are now discussing a new proposal that would leave much of Tehran’s enriching machines in place but disconnected from feeds of uranium, diplomats told The Associated Press Saturday. Full story

  • Tunisia president declares re-election bid

    Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki announced Saturday he will stand for re-election in November, in a key vote almost four years after a revolt that sparked the Arab Spring uprisings. Full story

  • Egypt’s Sisi ready to back anti-IS fight

    Egypt's President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi told The Associated Press on Saturday he is prepared to give whatever support is needed in the fight against the Islamic State group but called for a "comprehensive strategy" to tackle the roots of extremism across the region. Full story

Al Qaeda affiliate executes Lebanese soldier — gov’t

A Lebanese soldier has been executed by Al Nusra Front, the Syrian.

Poll : Do you think the new Iraqi government is on right track to national reconciliation?
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