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Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; 128 killed

Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; 128 killed

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel unleashed its heaviest air and artillery assault of the Gaza war on Tuesday, destroying key symbols of Hamas control, shutting down the territory's only power plant and leaving at least 128 Palestinians dead on the bloodiest day of the 22-day...

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Israel strikes house of Hamas Gaza leader, digs in for long fight

Israel strikes house of Hamas Gaza leader, digs in for long fight

(Reuters) - Israel knocked out Gaza's only power plant, flattened the home of its Islamist Hamas political leader and pounded dozens of other high-profile targets in the enclave on Tuesday, with no end in sight to more than three weeks of conflict. Health officials said...

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Clashes kill 30 in Benghazi in escalating Libya turmoil

Clashes kill 30 in Benghazi in escalating Libya turmoil

(Reuters) - Libyan forces on Tuesday battled Islamist militants with rockets and warplanes for control of an army base in the eastern city of Benghazi after at least 30 people were killed in overnight fighting. Intense fighting in Benghazi, Libya's second city, and battles...

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UN Security Council calls for Gaza cease-fire

UN Security Council calls for Gaza cease-fire

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is demanding an end to the violence in Gaza "in the name of humanity" and is accusing the leaders of Israel and Hamas of being irresponsible and "morally wrong" for letting their people get killed. Ban urged Israeli Prime...

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Middle East Children killed in Gaza playground shelling

Middle East Children killed in Gaza playground shelling

Missiles have struck several sites in Gaza, including a park inside a refugee camp and an outpatient building of the strip's largest hospital, disrupting a relative lull at the start of the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday. Eight people, including seven children, died following...

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France offers asylum to Mosul's Christians

France offers asylum to Mosul's Christians

(Reuters) - France said on Monday it was ready to welcome Christians from northern Iraq who have been told by the al Qaeda offshoot group now ruling the region to either convert to Islam, pay a religious levy or face death. Islamic State insurgents seized large swathes of...

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Gaza residents see no joy in Muslim Eid holiday

Gaza residents see no joy in Muslim Eid holiday

(Reuters) - One of the most joyous days in the Muslim calendar, the holiday of Eid al-Fitr was marked on Monday by tears and sorrow in the Gaza Strip, left battered by three weeks of merciless fighting between Israel and Hamas Islamists. Marking the end of the holy Ramadan...

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Iraq army kills 17 in anti-jihadist raid

Iraq army kills 17 in anti-jihadist raid

Al Arabiya News- An Iraqi government raid on jihadist targets in a flashpoint town southwest of Baghdad killed 17 people on Monday, including at least three civilians, medical and tribal sources said, according to Agence France-Presse.   “Bombardment targeted the Fadhiyya district...

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Fighting in Gaza abates, but truce hopes look fragile

Fighting in Gaza abates, but truce hopes look fragile

(Reuters) - Fighting subsided in Gaza on Sunday after Hamas Islamist militants said they backed a 24-hour humanitarian truce and U.S. President Barack Obama called for a ceasefire but there was no sign of any comprehensive deal to end fighting with Israel . Hamas said it...

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Hamas leader: ‘We cannot coexist with occupiers’

Hamas leader: ‘We cannot coexist with occupiers’

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal demanded Israel lift its blockade of Gaza and warned that Palestinians cannot coexist with their neighbors while their land is occupied, in an interview broadcast Sunday. On Saturday, Meshaal was interviewed by U.S. broadcaster PBS in the Qatari capital Doha...

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Israel extends Gaza ceasefire for 24 hours, Hamas rejects terms

Israel extends Gaza ceasefire for 24 hours, Hamas rejects terms

(Reuters) - Israel extended a humanitarian ceasefire in the Gaza Strip for another 24 hours, but Hamas, which dominates the coastal enclave, said it would only accept the truce if Israeli troops left the territory. Israeli ministers had signaled that a comprehensive deal to...

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More Saudis return from Syria

More Saudis return from Syria

Saudi men who went to fight in Syria are still coming back to the Kingdom, confirmed the Saudi Embassy in Turkey. The embassy also confirmed that it treated a citizen in Syria before sending him back to the Kingdom. Adel Mirdad, Saudi ambassador to Turkey, said the embassy's efforts...

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Vatican sends emergency aid to persecuted Christians in Iraq

Vatican sends emergency aid to persecuted Christians in Iraq

AFP- The Vatican has given $40,000 (30,000 euros) in emergency aid to Christians in Iraq displaced by a jihadist onslaught, religious news agency imedia said Friday. Most of the money will go to help those from the northern city of Mosul, where Islamic State insurgents last week...

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12-hour truce comes into force in Gaza

12-hour truce comes into force in Gaza

Al Jazeera- Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 12-hour humanitarian truce to begin at 8am (05:00 GMT) on Saturday to pause hostilities in Gaza. Hamas said that it and other armed groups in Gaza had reached "national consensus on a humanitarian truce". Israel later confirmed...

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Norway says Islamist militants planning attack in West have left Syria

Norway says Islamist militants planning attack in West have left Syria

(Reuters) - A group of militant Islamists planning to carry out attacks in the West is on its way from Syria , possibly heading towards Norway , police said on Friday. Norwegian armed police were deployed for a second day at high-risk locations including airports and train...

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Exclusive: Allegations of GSK corruption spread to Syria

Exclusive: Allegations of GSK corruption spread to Syria

(Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline ( GSK.L ) faces new allegations of corruption, this time in Syria , where the drugmaker and its distributor have been accused of paying bribes to secure business, according to a whistleblower's email reviewed by Reuters. Britain's biggest...

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Crunch time for Gaza truce talks as death toll passes 800

Crunch time for Gaza truce talks as death toll passes 800

(Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pressed regional leaders to nail down a Gaza ceasefire on Friday as the civilian death toll soared, and further violence loomed between Israelis and Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem. With Israel and...

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Iraq elects new president as attacks kill dozens

Iraq elects new president as attacks kill dozens

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician on Thursday to replace long-serving Jalal Talabani as the country's new president in the latest step toward forming a new government. But a series of attacks killed dozens of people and Islamic militants...

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