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Army: Arsal clashes part of plan targeting Lebanon

Army: Arsal clashes part of plan targeting Lebanon

The Daily Star - The Lebanese Army vowed Saturday to confront what it said was a systematic plan to target Lebanon and its military, saying it would prevent anyone from moving Syria's battle into the country. "What happened today is the most dangerous incident Lebanon and the...

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Robot to help patients at UAE hospitals

Robot to help patients at UAE hospitals

Pioneering device facilitates doctor-patient interface  A robot promises to change the way doctors and patients interact in certain UAE hospitals. A next-generation robot, called VGo, is now being used to enhance patient-doctor interface and help manage hospitals better....

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Crowds throng Jeddah beach, several rescued from the sea

Crowds throng Jeddah beach, several rescued from the sea

The festive spirit of Eid Al-Fitr continued through the weekend with a huge turnout of families at Jeddah's waterfront as authorities intensified patrols and rescue operations to keep the crowds under control and to save holidaymakers from the dangers of the sea. Thousands of people...

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India to provide $1 million for aid to Gaza victims

India to provide $1 million for aid to Gaza victims

New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) As the Gaza conflict shows no immediate signs of let-up and the number of deaths, including of scores of children, mount to over 1,400, a concerned India is planning to send $1 million to a UN fund to provide aid to the suffering Palestinians fleeing the...

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Scores dead in China factory explosion

Scores dead in China factory explosion

An explosion has killed 68 people and injured 187 at a Chinese factory that makes wheels for US carmakers, including General Motors, state media said. The blast happened in Kunshan, a city in the eastern Jiangsu province, on Saturday morning. A preliminary...

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Israel bombards Gaza as it searches for soldier

Israel bombards Gaza as it searches for soldier

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel bombarded the southern Gaza town of Rafah on Saturday as troops searched for an officer they believe was captured by Hamas in an ambush that shattered a humanitarian cease-fire and set the stage for a major escalation of the 26-day-old war....

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Saudi king calls for united stance against terrorism

Saudi king calls for united stance against terrorism

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz urged religious leaders on Friday to take a united stance against “terrorists” trying to “highjack” Islam and denounced the international community’s “indifference” to what he described were “war crimes” being committed in the Gaza...

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Hezbollah commander killed in Iraq: sources

Hezbollah commander killed in Iraq: sources

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A Hezbollah commander has died during a mission in Iraq, sources familiar with the incident said on Wednesday, indicating the Lebanese group that is already fighting in Syria's civil war may be involved in a second conflict in the region. Hezbollah, an...

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Truce crumbles as 40 killed in Gaza, rockets hit Israel

Truce crumbles as 40 killed in Gaza, rockets hit Israel

(Reuters) - A Gaza ceasefire crumbled only hours after it began on Friday, with at least 40 Palestinians killed by Israeli shelling and Israel accusing militants of violating the U.S.- and U.N.-brokered truce by firing rockets and mortars. The 72-hour break announced by...

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Sudanese Christian woman leaves Italy for the U.S.

Sudanese Christian woman leaves Italy for the U.S.

A Sudanese Christian woman who was sentenced to death for renouncing Islam then acquitted after international pressure on Khartoum, on Thursday left Italy for the United States with her family. Meriam Ibrahim Tehya Ishag, who met Pope Francis during her eight-day stopover in Italy,...

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Security Council: ISIS ‘a major threat’ to Iraq’s future

Security Council: ISIS ‘a major threat’ to Iraq’s future

The U.N. Security Council is condemning the offensive waged by the extremist Islamic State group and allied militants in Iraq, calling it "a major threat" to the country's future. The council stressed in a resolution adopted unanimously Wednesday extending the U.N. political...

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Iraqi Shi'ite militias use hit lists to pick off foes: police

Iraqi Shi'ite militias use hit lists to pick off foes: police

(Reuters) - Iraqi Shi'ite militias have drawn up hit lists of suspected Sunni insurgents to be kidnapped, executed and hung in public, security and police officials said, raising the stakes in a sectarian war tearing the country apart. The militias became a vital line of...

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Israel vows to destroy Hamas tunnels

Israel vows to destroy Hamas tunnels

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel will destroy the Hamas tunnel network in the Gaza Strip "with or without a cease-fire," as the military called up another 16,000 reservists to pursue its campaign in the densely-populated territory....

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UN spokesman breaks down talking about Gaza child deaths

UN spokesman breaks down talking about Gaza child deaths

For a moment, he holds back the tears, coughing and blinking hard, trying to maintain his professional composure. Then it is all to much for Chris Gunness, a United Nations spokesman, who broke down in a television interview with al-Jazeera as he described the...

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Hezbollah commander killed in Iraq: sources

Hezbollah commander killed in Iraq: sources

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A Hezbollah commander has died during a mission in Iraq, sources familiar with the incident said on Wednesday, indicating the Lebanese group that is already fighting in Syria's civil war may be involved in a second conflict in the region. Hezbollah, an...

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Israeli shelling causes carnage in Gaza school: U.N.

Israeli shelling causes carnage in Gaza school: U.N.

(Reuters) - United Nations officials had told the Israeli military 17 times that a school in Gaza's biggest refugee camp was a shelter for Palestinian civilians fleeing fighting in the teeming coastal strip, but it was not enough to save them from deadly shelling. Blown to...

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Turkish PM Erdogan returning Jewish American award

Turkish PM Erdogan returning Jewish American award

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is returning an award given to him by a Jewish American group in 2004, after the group asked for it back because of comments he made regarding the conflict in Gaza. Turkey's ambassador to the U.S., Serdar Kilic,...

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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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