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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United Nations relocates Iraq staff to Jordan

The United Nations has relocated 58 members of staff to Jordan from Baghdad, in reaction to the current instability in the country, Reuters has reported.

"Some 58 staff have been moved from Baghdad to Amman, Jordan. The intention is to relocate them in Erbil, in Iraq. Some other relocations may also take place in the next few days," UN spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters.

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