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US neutralizes 60 percent of toxic Syria chemicals

US neutralizes 60 percent of toxic Syria chemicals

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States informed the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that it has neutralized about 60 percent of Syria's most toxic chemicals. British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant, the current president of the Security Council, said the U.S. made the report...

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New clashes break out in Lebanese border town

New clashes break out in Lebanese border town

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese state media say clashes have broken out in a border town held by Islamic extremists from neighboring Syria after a negotiated truce collapsed overnight. The cease-fire, mediated by Muslim clerics, was meant to help end four days of fighting in the town of...

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Turkey builds camp for Turkmen refugees in northern Iraq

Turkey builds camp for Turkmen refugees in northern Iraq

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey is building a refugee camp in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq to accommodate refugees from the ethnic Turkmen minority fleeing the rapid advance of Islamic State militants, a Turkish official said on Tuesday. Turkish opposition parties had been...

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Lebanese army agrees to 24-hour truce in town

Lebanese army agrees to 24-hour truce in town

BEIRUT (AP) — The Lebanese army agreed to a 24-hour cease-fire in a border town held by Islamic extremists from Syria Tuesday to allow for negotiations for the release of captive soldiers and evacuate casualties, a senior Lebanese security official said. The agreement appears...

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Israel withdraws troops, 72-hour Gaza truce begins

Israel withdraws troops, 72-hour Gaza truce begins

(Reuters) - Israel pulled its ground forces out of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday and started a 72-hour ceasefire with Hamas mediated by Egypt as a first step towards negotiations on a more enduring end to the month-old war. Minutes before the truce began at 8 a.m. (0500 GMT),...

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Israelis, Palestinians set to launch 72-hour truce in monthlong war

Israelis, Palestinians set to launch 72-hour truce in monthlong war

(Reuters) - Israel and Islamist Hamas were expected to hold their fire for three days starting on Tuesday, under terms of an Egyptian-brokered truce, while launching negotiations to cement a long-term deal to end a four-week Gaza war. The ceasefire was the latest of...

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Clashes displace residents of Lebanon's Arsal

Clashes displace residents of Lebanon's Arsal

Beirut, Lebanon - Clashes between Syrian fighters and the Lebanese army continued for a third day in the northeast Lebanese town of Arsal, as many residents fled and others were caught in the violence and forced to stay behind. At least 11 Lebanese soldiers were killed...

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Spanish police arrest two young women suspected of heading for jihad

Spanish police arrest two young women suspected of heading for jihad

MADRID (Reuters) - Two young Spanish women, one of them under 18, have been arrested in the Spanish North African enclave of Melilla on suspicion of trying to join an Islamic State militant cell in the Middle East, the Interior Ministry said on Monday. The women were detained...

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Lebanese Sunni clerics urge protests over bombardment of Arsal

Lebanese Sunni clerics urge protests over bombardment of Arsal

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A group of Lebanese Sunni Muslim clerics urged Lebanese Sunnis on Monday to protest until the army halts its bombardment of a border town attacked at the weekend by Islamist militants. The Muslim Clerics Association called for a complete halt to the...

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Militants attack Tunisian army base, kill one soldier

Militants attack Tunisian army base, kill one soldier

(Reuters) - A Tunisian soldier was killed after Islamist militants tried to storm an army base early on Sunday in the town of Sbitla near the Algerian border, the Tunisian government said on Sunday. Militant assaults on the Tunisian army have become more frequent in recent...

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Lebanese army advances in border battle with Islamists

Lebanese army advances in border battle with Islamists

(Reuters) - The Lebanese army advanced on Monday into a border town attacked by Islamists at the weekend in the most serious spillover of the three-year-old Syrian civil war into Lebanon, and the Beirut government said the deadly assault would not go unpunished. With army...

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'We come in sadness, we go in sadness': Gaza family briefly returns home

'We come in sadness, we go in sadness': Gaza family briefly returns home

(Reuters) - Glass and debris littered the road to Ahed Marouf's house in a northern Gaza town on Monday as he rode on a donkey cart with his wife and three children to check on their home during a seven-hour truce declared by Israel. What they saw when they reached Beit...

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Israel calls limited truce amid global fury

Israel calls limited truce amid global fury

(Al Jazeera)- Israel has announced it will be holding its fire in parts of Gaza for seven hours on Monday, amid world outrage over a deadly  strike on a UN school entrance in the Palestinian territory. The limited and unilateral truce came after world powers fiercely...

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Palestine representative in UN says Western countries have double standards

Palestine representative in UN says Western countries have double standards

(Reporting by Abdullah Raja; Translation by Yusra Ahmed) (Zaman Alwasl)- Palestine’s representative in the United Nation, reveals that Western countries, the great nations in particular have put an essential rule prevents judging Israel in the...

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Islamic State captures Iraqi town, oil field - witnesses

Islamic State captures Iraqi town, oil field - witnesses

BAGHDAD, Aug 3 (Reuters) - Islamic State Sunni insurgents have captured the northern Iraqi town of Zumar and a nearby oil field after a battle with Kurdish forces who had control of the area, witnesses said on Sunday. Islamic State, which staged a lightning advance through...

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Gaza official: 10 dead after strike near UN school

Gaza official: 10 dead after strike near UN school

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — A United Nations school sheltering displaced people in the southern Gaza Strip was hit Sunday by what a U.N. official said appeared to be an Israeli airstrike, as the military struck the Hamas-ruled territory despite signaling a possible scaling back of its...

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French police arrest Islamist militant at a Paris airport

French police arrest Islamist militant at a Paris airport

PARIS (Reuters) - French police on Friday arrested a Franco-Moroccan man they described as an Islamist militant at Roissy international airport on suspicion that he was part of a conspiracy to carry out attacks in France. The man, whose name and age were not made public, had just...

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8 troops killed as Syria rebels raid Lebanese town

8 troops killed as Syria rebels raid Lebanese town

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels who crossed into Lebanon and raided a border town have killed eight Lebanese soldiers, the military said Sunday, as clashes there continued overnight in the most serious spillover yet in the tiny country from its neighbor's civil war. The fighting...

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