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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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UN 'extremely alarmed' at 'hundreds of deaths in Iraq'

A woman who fled Mosul walks inside the makeshift camps erected in Arbil. Credit: Reuters

The United Nations Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay said the UN was "extremely alarmed" by the impact of the Islamist takeover of several cities in Iraq on the civilian population.

Refugees from Mosul ave been streaming into the outskirts of Arbil in Iraq's Kurdistan region. Credit: Reuters

Pillay said the UN was alarmed by reports that the number of people killed in summary executions and extrajudicial killings "may run into the hundreds".

Half a million people have been displaced by the ongoing violence. Credit: Reuters

The UN said an estimated 500,000 people have been forced to flee their homes to escape the violence.

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