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Israel hits dozens of targets in Gaza

Israeli aircraft and tanks have hit more than 70 targets in the Gaza strip, including five mosques, a football stadium and the home of the late leader of Hamas’ military wing, according to Palestinian police. At least seven Palestinians were reported killed in the new round of air strikes early[…]

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‘Thousands displaced’ by Boko Haram assault

A massive assault by Boko Haram in the northeast Nigerian town of Damboa has displaced more than 15,000 people, according to an official. Monday’s statement came as security forces sent reinforcements to flush out the fighters. The attack on Damboa began late on Thursday but continued through the weekend, with[…]

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Rebels hand over plane black boxes

A senior separatist leader, Aleksander Borodai, has handed over black boxes from an airliner downed over eastern Ukraine to Malaysian experts in the city of Donetsk. “Here they are, the black boxes,” Borodai told a room packed with journalists at the headquarters of his self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic as an[…]

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Silent protest for Gaza in Tokyo

Some 500 people on Monday staged a silent protest in Tokyo against the bloodshed in Gaza, the biggest such gathering in the Japanese capital since the violence began early this month, organisers said. As night fell demonstrators holding candles formed huge letters spelling “Gaza” in a city park, and offered[…]

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Israeli shells hit Gaza hospital

Israeli tank shells have struck a hospital in central Gaza, according to a health official and a doctor at the facility said. The health official said the shells killed at least four people and wounded 60, including 30 medical staff, at al-Aqsa Hospital in central Gaza on Monday. The Israeli[…]

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Ukraine launches assault on Donetsk rebels

Ukraine has launched a heavy assault on the rebel-held city of Donetsk, as international investigators arrived in the region to examine the remains of 298 people killed in the downing of a Malaysia Airlines airliner. A separatist leader on Monday said Ukrainian government forces were trying to break into Donetsk[…]

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Obama calls for Gaza truce

US President Barack Obama called for an “immediate ceasefire” between Israel and Hamas on Sunday, after the bloodiest day of fighting in Gaza raised the number of Palestinians killed to 476. The United Nations Security Council opened urgent talks on efforts to strike a ceasefire deal as Israel ramped up[…]

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Tunisia shuts ‘unlicensed’ media outlets

Tunisia has closed a satellite television channel and a radio station for promoting “jihad”, a few days after armed fighters killed 15 soldiers, according to the government statement. The decision came after fighters on Wednesday attacked two army posts in the remote Mount Chaambi region near the Algerian border, killing[…]

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Flight MH17 tragedy raises burial dilemma

As a new tragedy hit Malaysia Airlines, families of the Muslim victims of Flight 17 that crashed last Thursday over Ukraine lands controlled by pro-Russia separatists are concerned about the burial and funeral rituals for their dear one whose bodies were left to decompose in area hit by tensions. “I[…]

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Hamas accepts call for 3 hour truce

Hamas  said Sunday it had accepted a proposal for a three-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza it said was made by the International Committee of the Red Cross. “The ICRC contacted (us) and offered to broker a three-hour humanitarian truce to enable ambulances to evacuate the dead and wounded and Hamas[…]

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