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Gaza children left orphaned by war

“She will call me Daddy and Mummy,” insisted 11-year-old Amir Hamad, cradling his infant sister in his arms after the Gaza war left him and his four siblings orphans. Fifty days of bloody fighting in and around the wartorn Gaza Strip has cost the lives of nearly 500 children, but[…]

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Gaza ceasefire has no winners

Israel and Palestinians both boasted of victory in the Gaza war but analysts say Hamas received only promises while the conflict aggravated divisions in the Israeli leadership. “After 50 days of fighting, both sides were exhausted so that’s why they reached a ceasefire,” said Middle East analyst Eyal Zisser of[…]

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IS ‘anti-Islamic’: al-Qaradawi

The organisation of exiled Muslim Brotherhood spiritual guide Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi said Wednesday that the actions of “deviant groups” like the Islamic State (IS) were in violation of Islamic law. Qaradawi’s International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) described as “criminal and unlawful” an offensive led by the group’s fighters against[…]

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Egypt probes Morsi: MENA

Egypt has opened an investigation into deposed president Mohamed Morsi for allegedly handing over to Qatar “documents relevant to national security,” state news agency MENA reported on Wednesday. Morsi is already facing the death penalty in several trials and his supporters have been the target of a bloody crackdown by[…]

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Abdullah pulls out of Afghanistan vote audit

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has pulled his observers from an audit of the country’s disputed election over concerns of vote fraud, his spokesman has said. Fazel Sancharaki said on Wednesday that the process was “full of fraud”. Abdullah has accused auditors of refusing to throw out fraudulent ballot papers[…]

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UN aid envoy arrives in Gaza from Egypt

A United Nations humanitarian aid convoy crossed into Gaza from Egypt on Wednesday for the first time since a blockade was introduced on the territory in 2007. The World Food Programme (WFP) said the convoy, which entered Gaza through the Rafah crossing, carried enough food to last 150,000 people for[…]

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Palestinian joy as Israel agrees Gaza truce

Thousands of Palestinians are celebrating in Gaza after Israel and Palestinian groups agreed an open-ended ceasefire to end seven weeks of fighting in Gaza. The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, said on Tuesday from the occupied West Bank that a formula had been accepted by all parties and that a ceasefire[…]

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US journo returns home after Syria kidnapping

An American journalist held for nearly two years by rebels linked to Al-Qaeda in Syria returned to the United States late Tuesday, two days after Qatar negotiated his release, his family said. Peter Theo Curtis, 45, was reunited with his mother Nancy Curtis at Boston Logan International Airport after flying[…]

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