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Militants in Lebanon seek to emulate Islamic State

Militants in Lebanon seek to emulate Islamic State

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The success of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has emboldened like-minded militants in Lebanon who believe they can emulate it, the interior minister said, confirming the militant Sunni group had now appeared in Beirut for the first time. In an interview...

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Scores killed as Israeli jets bombard Gaza

Scores killed as Israeli jets bombard Gaza

(Al Jazeera)- Hundreds of bombs shake Gaza, leaving 75 dead and hundreds injured, as Palestinian fighters fire rockets into Israel. At least 75 people, including many children, have been killed in the Gaza Strip in two days of Israeli air raids, as Israel's army...

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Israeli bombardment of Gaza escalates

Israeli bombardment of Gaza escalates

Tel Aviv (Al Jazeera)-  The Israeli army carried out 160 airstrikes in Gaza overnight, escalating a bombardment that has killed at least 27 Palestinians and wounded more than 100. Local media reported on Wednesday morning that one of the airstrikes targeted the house of a...

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Islamic State rounds up ex-Baathists to eliminate potential rivals in Iraq's Mosul

Islamic State rounds up ex-Baathists to eliminate potential rivals in Iraq's Mosul

(Reuters) - One night last week, Islamic State militants in an SUV with tinted windows pulled up at the home of a former Iraqi army officer, one of the men they see as an obstacle to their goal of establishing a caliphate from Iraq to the Mediterranean. As the retired...

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Iran's supreme leader calls for more nuclear enrichment capacity

Iran's supreme leader calls for more nuclear enrichment capacity

(Reuters) - Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Iran would need to significantly increase its uranium enrichment capacity, highlighting a gap in positions between Tehran and world powers as they hold talks aimed at clinching a nuclear accord. Iran and six major powers...

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Israel launches military offensive against Gaza militants

Israel launches military offensive against Gaza militants

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel launched an offensive against Islamist Hamas in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, bombing some 50 targets, including homes, in a campaign meant to end Palestinian rocket fire into the Jewish state. The Israeli military urged Israelis within a 40-km...

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Israel frees jailed Palestinian-American boy, places him under house arrest

Israel frees jailed Palestinian-American boy, places him under house arrest

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli judge on Sunday released from jail and placed under house arrest a 15-year-old American of Palestinian descent whose apparent beating by Israeli police in East Jerusalem has drawn U.S. concern. Tariq Khdeir from Tampa, Florida, is a cousin of...

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Hamas says Israeli air strikes in Gaza kill seven of its men

Hamas says Israeli air strikes in Gaza kill seven of its men

(Reuters) - Israeli air strikes killed seven Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip on Monday, the Islamist group said, in the deadliest attacks in a surge of violence exacerbated by the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli youths and a Palestinian teen. The Israeli military...

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West Baghdad suicide bomb kills four

West Baghdad suicide bomb kills four

A suicide bomber detonated explosives inside a cafe in a predominantly-Shiite neighbourhood in west Baghdad on Sunday evening, killing at least four people, security and medical officials said. The evening attack struck inside the cafe in the Washash neighbourhood, a police...

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Egypt's Sisi says independence for Iraq's Kurds would be 'catastrophic

Egypt's Sisi says independence for Iraq's Kurds would be 'catastrophic

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Sunday a referendum on the independence of Iraq's Kurdish region would lead to a "catastrophic" break up of the country, which is facing an onslaught by Sunni Islamist militants. The comments from Sisi, leader of...

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Egyptian court sentences Muslim Brotherhood leader to life in prison

Egyptian court sentences Muslim Brotherhood leader to life in prison

(Reuters) - An Egyptian court sentenced Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie to life in prison on Saturday, the court's judge said, for inciting violence that erupted after the army deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi last year. Badie, convicted along with about 36...

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Indian nurses greeted with smiles, flowers after release from Iraq

Indian nurses greeted with smiles, flowers after release from Iraq

(Reuters) - A group of 46 nurses caught up in fighting in Iraq arrived home in India on Saturday after briefly being held captive by suspected militants, an outcome celebrated by the newly elected government in New Delhi as an early diplomatic success. The nurses, mainly...

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Official: Autopsy shows Palestinian youth burnt alive

Official: Autopsy shows Palestinian youth burnt alive

BETHLEHEM ( Ma'an News Agency ) -  A preliminary autopsy report shows that 16-year-old Muhammad Abu Khdeir was burnt alive by his kidnappers, a senior Palestinian official said late Friday. Attorney General Muhammad Abd al-Ghani Uweili told Ma'an Abu...

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Kurdish envoy shrugs off Israeli advocacy

Kurdish envoy shrugs off Israeli advocacy

A Kurdish diplomat has played down the significance of Israeli advocacy of independence for her people, saying it was not coordinated with the autonomous Kurdish government in Iraq and may be intended to served Israel's interests. While acknowledging that Israel had sway in...

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Israel boosts forces near Gaza as border heats up

Israel boosts forces near Gaza as border heats up

Israel beefed up its forces along its frontier with the Gaza Strip and launched air strikes against militant Hamas targets there on Thursday in response to Palestinian cross-border rocket attacks. Israel also faced a second day of violent Palestinian protests in Jerusalem...

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Kurds seek independence vote amid Iraq 'chaos'

Kurds seek independence vote amid Iraq 'chaos'

Iraqi Kurdish preparations for an independence referendum met with frustration in Washington, which stressed unity was essential to tackle a jihadist-led onslaught that risks "Syria-like chaos". In a rare piece of positive news during the crisis, however, a group of 46 Indian...

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Iraqi airstrikes target Islamic militants

Iraqi airstrikes target Islamic militants

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi government airstrikes on Friday targeted Islamic militants trying to capture the country's largest oil refinery, reportedly killing as many as 30 insurgents, authorities said. Fighters from the Islamic State extremist group, who have overrun much of...

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US military efforts in Iraq focus on advisory role: Hagel

US military efforts in Iraq focus on advisory role: Hagel

Washington, July 4 (IANS) US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday they are focusing American military efforts in Iraq on securing the American embassy and personnel in Baghdad, while advising Iraqi security forces based on assessing the situation in the Middle East country....

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