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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki orders the country's air force to provide support to Kurdish forces fighting militants in the north.
Three stars of US hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory sign new three-year contracts, putting to an end a brief delay in filming new episodes.
A video showing the manager of an orphanage in Egypt beating children in his care has provoked outrage in the Egyptian media.