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Middle East

France seeks international meeting to tackle Islamic State


Islamic State fighters.French President Francois Hollande called on Wednesday for an international conference to discuss ways of tackling Islamic State insurgents who have seized control of territory in Iraq and Syria.
 

Gaza truce collapses, fighting erupts, Israel orders negotiators home


Fighting in Gaza.A ceasefire in the Gaza Strip collapsed on Tuesday, with Palestinian militants firing dozens of rockets at Israel and Israel launching air strikes that health officials said killed three people including a woman and a young girl in Gaza.
   

Iraqi forces battle to drive jihadists from Saddam's home town


Wreckage from a car bomb in Iraq.Iraqi forces launched an offensive on Tuesday to drive Islamic State fighters out of Tikrit, home town of executed dictator Saddam Hussein, while the militants warned they would attack Americans "in any place".
   

Hundreds of Taliban fighters battle Afghan forces near Kabul


Scene of a bomb blast in Afghanistan.As many as 700 heavily armed Taliban insurgents are battling Afghan security forces in Logar, a key province near the capital Kabul, local officials said on Tuesday, in a test of the Afghan military's strength as foreign forces pull out of the country.
   

Israel, Palestinians renew truce but see risk of more Gaza violence


Israeli tanks in Gaza.The chief Palestinian delegate to truce talks with Israel warned on Tuesday that Gaza violence could erupt anew unless progress is made towards a lasting deal ahead of a midnight deadline in Egyptian-brokered talks.
   

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