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Booby-traps plague north Iraq as Islamic State targets returning civilians

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(This July 26 story corrects to make clear in para 30 local recruits are internationally supervised.)

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Jordan's king calls on Israel to put in trial guard who shot dead two Jordanians 4:45pm BST

AMMAN Jordan's King Abdullah called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday to put on trial an embassy security guard who shot dead two Jordanians. He said the way the incident was handled would affect ties between the two countries.

Iran claims successful rocket test, move likely to anger U.S. 4:30pm BST

DUBAI Iran has successfully tested a rocket that can deliver satellites into orbit, state television reported on Thursday, an event likely to raise tensions with the United States because of its potential use in a ballistic missile.

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Exclusive - Saudi Aramco advisers favour London for historic IPO: sources 4:22pm BST

DUBAI/LONDON Saudi Aramco's advisers have recommended London for the historic listing of the oil company, with U.S. disclosure rules a concern for Saudi authorities, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

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Aleppo district shows Assad's delicate dance with Kurds 4:16pm BST

ALEPPO, Syria Kurdish fighters wearing the blue eagle insignia of the Asayish security force stopped the taxi entering the Sheikh Maqsoud district in Aleppo, checking papers and searching for contraband. | Video

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Thousands rush to pray at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque amid tension 4:01pm BST

JERUSALEM Thousands of Muslim worshippers rushed to pray at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque in chaotic scenes on Thursday after Israel backed down in the face of 10 days of often-violent unrest and removed security measures it had installed at the sacred site. | Video

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Pakistan minister vows to quit in fresh blow to PM Sharif 4:00pm BST

ISLAMABAD Pakistani Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan said on Thursday he would quit his post once the Supreme Court has ruled on corruption accusations against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, whatever the verdict.

Italy aims to deploy ships in Libyan waters by end-August 3:23pm BST

ROME Italy intends to deploy several ships in Libyan waters by the end of August to fight human trafficking and stem a flood of immigrants, a government source said on Thursday.

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As temperatures soar, desperate Gazans try any means to beat heat 3:19pm BST

GAZA As Middle East summer temperatures soar above 35 degrees Celsius (95 Fahrenheit), Gazans are struggling to stay cool amid a power crisis, with less than four hours of electricity a day and little chance to run fans and air-conditioners.

Iranian hackers used female 'honey pot' to lure targets - researchers 3:15pm BST

LAS VEGAS Hackers believed to be working for the Iranian government have impersonated a young female photographer on social media for more than a year, luring men working in industries strategically important to Tehran's regional adversaries, according to research published Thursday.

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