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Death toll from Israel's Gaza onslaught reaches 636

Death toll from Israel's Gaza onslaught reaches 636

(Anadolu Agency)- The Palestinian death toll from Israel's ongoing offensive against the Gaza Strip has risen to 636 following fresh Israeli attacks on the blockaded enclave early Wednesday, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. "At least 636 were killed and 4040 others...

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Qatar’s emir arrives in Jeddah for talks with Saudi king

Qatar’s emir arrives in Jeddah for talks with Saudi king

Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani arrived in the Saudi coastal city of Jeddah on Tuesday for talks with King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, an Al Arabiya correspondent reported. The meeting is the first for the two Arab leaders since a major rift between Qatar and Saudi...

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Israel soldier 'kidnapped' by Hamas is dead: army

Israel soldier 'kidnapped' by Hamas is dead: army

The Israeli army on Tuesday confirmed that a soldier who Hamas militants claimed they had kidnapped is dead and his body remains unaccounted for. The army named the soldier, whose body is still missing, as Oron Shaul, two days after Hamas said they had kidnapped an Israeli soldier of...

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Israel pounds Gaza despite international peace efforts

Israel pounds Gaza despite international peace efforts

(Reuters) - Israel pounded targets across the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, saying no ceasefire was near as top U.S. and U.N. diplomats pursued talks on halting fighting that has claimed more than 500 lives. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held talks in neighboring Egypt ,...

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Malaysia Airlines flight over Syria reflects war zone challenge

Malaysia Airlines flight over Syria reflects war zone challenge

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia Airlines rerouted a flight over Syria on Sunday after its usual path over Ukraine was closed, reflecting the challenges airlines face in finding conflict-free routes between Asia and Europe. After Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down...

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Emotional Al Jazeera Journalist Breaks Down During Gaza Report

Emotional Al Jazeera Journalist Breaks Down During Gaza Report

( The Huffington Post ) -Witnessing the horrific killings in Gaza would test anyone’s composure, even the most hard-edged journalist. That was the case over the weekend for award-winning Al Jazeera correspondent Wael Al-Dahdouh, who was forced to walk of camera mid-report whilst...

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Palestinian death toll in Gaza fighting at 508

Palestinian death toll in Gaza fighting at 508

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The death toll among Palestinians from the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip reached 508 on Monday, Gaza health officials said as the two sides counted their dead following the bloodiest day of fighting so far in the two-week campaign. Diplomatic...

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Hamas says Israeli soldier captured; Gaza death toll jumps

Hamas says Israeli soldier captured; Gaza death toll jumps

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Hamas's armed wing said on Sunday it had captured an Israeli soldier, as fighting in Gaza led to the bloodiest losses in a nearly two-week military offensive, with some 100 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers killed. The Israeli military said it was...

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More than 70 killed in Israeli shelling, clashes in Gaza

More than 70 killed in Israeli shelling, clashes in Gaza

  GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - More than 60 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers were killed as Israel shelled a Gaza neighborhood and battled militants on Sunday in the bloodiest fighti ng in a near two-week-old offensive. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of...

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Islamic State claims wave of Baghdad bombings

Islamic State claims wave of Baghdad bombings

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a wave of car bombs in mostly Shi'ite areas of Baghdad which killed at least 27 people on Saturday. The hardline Sunni Islamist organization which has led an offensive across northern and western Iraq...

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Panicked residents flee Israeli tank fire on Gaza

Panicked residents flee Israeli tank fire on Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A Gaza City neighborhood came under heavy tank fire Sunday as Israel widened its ground offensive against Hamas, causing hundreds of panicked residents to flee, including a woman in a wheelchair waving a white flag. At least 30 people were killed in...

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Aid workers free after month's captivity in Darfur: UN

Aid workers free after month's captivity in Darfur: UN

Three Sudanese employees of international aid agencies were released on Saturday in the troubled Darfur region after 32 days in captivity, peacekeepers said. "They appear to be unharmed and in good condition," the African Union-UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said in a statement....

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Rights group warns Iraq jihadists want to eradicate minorities

Rights group warns Iraq jihadists want to eradicate minorities

The jihadists controlling large swathes of northern and western Iraq seem bent on killing or expelling all religious minorities in the Mosul area, Human Rights Watch warned Saturday. The New York-based rights watchdog's statement was issued as thousands of Christians were...

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Israeli tanks dig in at Gaza frontier as Palestinian toll tops 300

Israeli tanks dig in at Gaza frontier as Palestinian toll tops 300

(Reuters) - Israeli soldiers in tanks and bulldozers dug in across a mile-wide strip of eastern Gaza on Saturday as Palestinian officials said military strikes had pushed the mostly civilian death toll past 300. The military said its engineers were concentrating on an effective...

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Israel steps up Gaza ground offensive, civilian casualties grow

Israel steps up Gaza ground offensive, civilian casualties grow

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel warned on Friday it could "significantly widen" a Gaza land offensive but was cautioned by its main ally, the United States, about the risks of further escalation as Palestinian civilian deaths mounted. Palestinian officials said 58...

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Gaza toll rises as Israel launches invasion

Gaza toll rises as Israel launches invasion

(Al Jazeera)- At least 24 Palestinians have been killed overnight in the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip, hours after Israel launched a ground invasion on the 11th day of its offensive in the enclave. Overnight bombing was reported throughout the strip on Friday, while the Israeli...

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Israel says ground offensive under way in Gaza

Israel says ground offensive under way in Gaza

JERUSALEM/GAZA (Reuters) - Israel announced the start of a Gaza ground campaign on Thursday after 10 days of aerial and naval bombardments failed to stop persistent Palestinian rocket attacks, but it signalled the invasion would be limited in scope. A statement from Prime...

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Israel, Palestinians battle as Egyptian-proposed Gaza ceasefire collapses

Israel, Palestinians battle as Egyptian-proposed Gaza ceasefire collapses

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel resumed air strikes in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday after agreeing to an Egyptian-proposed ceasefire deal that failed to get Hamas militants to halt rocket attacks. The week-old conflict seemed to be at a turning point, with Hamas defying Arab...

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