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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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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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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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Ceasefire efforts continue amid Gaza deaths

Ceasefire efforts continue amid Gaza deaths

John Kerry, US secretary of state, is in Cairo for the second time in 48 hours to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, as the Israeli military presses on with its offensive against the Gaza Strip. A family of six, including a five-year-old girl and a boy of three,...

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Gaza fighting rages amid cease-fire efforts

Gaza fighting rages amid cease-fire efforts

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli tanks and warplanes bombarded the Gaza Strip on Thursday, as Hamas militants stuck to their demand for the lifting of an Israeli and Egyptian blockade amid international efforts to broker a cease-fire. Six members of the same family and an...

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Casualty numbers raise questions about Gaza war

Casualty numbers raise questions about Gaza war

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Shopkeepers say they were sitting outside their shuttered businesses Wednesday, catching a break from being cooped up during wartime, when an Israeli missile struck a nearby mosque, killing a truck driver and wounding 45 people. One of those wounded by...

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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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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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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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