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Italian ferry blaze toll rises to 10

The number of people who have died in a blaze that left an Italian ferry stricken off Greece’s Adriatic coast has risen to 10, the Italian coastguard has said. Rescue teams evacuated more than 400 people from the car ferry in a 36-hour operation on Monday. Italian and Greek authorities[…]

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Palestinians to push ahead with UN resolution

The Palestinian leadership has presented changes to a UN draft resolution that could set a timeframe for the creation of a Palestinian state. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told US Secretary of State John Kerry he would press ahead with a resolution calling for a peace deal with Israel within a[…]

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A year later, Al Jazeera journos seek end to ordeal

A year after three Al-Jazeera English journalists were arrested in Egypt, they and their families are pleading for justice and an end to their ordeal. The unprecedented arrest and prosecution of Australian Peter Greste, Egyptian-Canadian Mohammed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohammed sent a chill through the media in Egypt. They[…]

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Palestinian shot dead by Israeli forces

The Israeli army has shot dead a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank at the Zaatara checkpoint south of Nablus city, Palestinian security officials said. The Israeli military has confirmed to Al Jazeera that a Palestinian man was killed and another was injured on Monday after soldiers encountered a group[…]

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Evacuation of burning Italian ferry completed

All remaining passengers on board an Italian ferry that caught fire in the Adriatic Sea off the Greek island of Corfu have been rescued, Greek officials have said. The blaze left five people dead. Four bodies were recovered from the water around the stricken Norman Atlantic on Monday, a day[…]

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US ends combat mission in Afghanistan

US President Barack Obama saluted Sunday the “milestone” end of NATO’s combat mission in Afghanistan, but warned the country remains “a dangerous place.”  A low-key ceremony in Kabul marked the formal end of NATO’s war after 13 years of conflict that have left the country in the grip of worsening[…]

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Hamas bars Gaza war orphans fromn Israel trip

Hamas on Sunday prevented dozens of children orphaned during its 50-day war with Israel from entering Israeli territory in a pre-arranged trip, organisers and officials said. The week-long visit was planned for 37 children whose parents were killed by Israel in the Gaza Strip in July and August this year. It[…]

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Rwandan Hutu rebels surrender in Congo

A group of 155 Rwandan Hutu rebels turned themselves in on Sunday in the face of threatened action by UN and Congolese troops as part of efforts to restore calm in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s restive east. The rebels from the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, known[…]

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AirAsia plane goes missing en route to Singapore

Rescuers scoured the Java Sea for an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people which went missing in bad weather Sunday en route from Indonesia to Singapore, the third crisis for a Malaysian carrier this year. Air traffic controllers lost contact with the Airbus A320-200 around an hour after it left Juanda[…]

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