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Islamic State leader calls for jihad in audio message

The leader of the Islamic State, formerly Isis, has released the first audiotape calling for jihad since the group renamed. The group is currently battling Iraqi forces across large parts of the country.

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Insurgents 'surround Iraq oil refinery'

Insurgents driving about 50 vehicles have surrounded the oil refinery in the town of Baiji, according to the Iraqi police.

The town is on the banks of the Tigris river, 30 miles north of Tikrit, a town which was seized by Islamist group ISIS yesterday.

An earlier OIl Ministry statement had said the refinery was "totally secured by the special forces and operating normally".

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