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‘Steps agreed’ to calm Jerusalem tensions

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said that steps were agreed at talks in Amman to lower tensions between the Israelis and Palestinians. Giving few details, Kerry said on Wednesday that firm commitments had been made to maintain the status quo at holy sites in occupied East Jerusalem, after[…]

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Palestinians urge OIC summit on Al-Quds

Concerned with the escalating Jewish attacks on the holy Al-Aqsa mosque, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki has called for an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to discuss the situation in Al-Quds. “The situation in Jerusalem is unprecedentedly dangerous,” al-Maliki said at an OIC meeting in Moroccan[…]

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MSF to launch clinical trials for Ebola virus

Accelerated clinical trials will be launched in West Africa to speed the search for a treatment for the deadly Ebola virus, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) have announced. The international humanitarian group said on Thursday it will host clinical trials starting next month in three Ebola treatment centers using experimental drugs[…]

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Fears rise amid Ukraine truce breaches

The ceasefire in eastern Ukraine is all but dead, Ukraine’s representative to the Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has told an Austrian newspaper. It was now barely possible to still speak of a ceasefire, Ihor Prokopchuk was quoted as telling Die Presse in an interview. “Since the[…]

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UN urges Lebanon to choose president

Lebanon has been without a president, who is also the commander-in-chief, since May because of disagreements between lawmakers. The 15-member council “expressed concern at the prolonged vacancy in the office of the presidency with a view to preserving the stability and the unity of Lebanon,” said Australian Ambassador Gary Quinlan,[…]

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Israeli settlers burn mosque in West Bank

Israeli settlers have torched a mosque in the West Bank, Palestinian officials said, amid growing tensions and violence. The attack on a mosque just before dawn on Wednesday, near the Jewish settlement of Shilo, came after separate Palestinian knife attacks on Monday killed a settler in the southern West Bank,[…]

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17 killed in bombings in and around Baghdad

Suspected Sunni rebels struck in and around Baghdad on Wednesday, killing 17 people including 11 soldiers and policemen, and injuring about 40 in three separate attacks, including two suicide bombings, according to police and hospital officials. The largest of Wednesday’s attacks was in the turbulent Youssifiyah district south of Baghdad[…]

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