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Syria wants objectivity from new UN envoy

Damascus on Wednesday said it welcomes the nomination of Staffan de Mistura as new UN peace envoy, while demanding he show “objectivity and integrity” in pursuing his Syria mission. The Italian-Swedish diplomat was on July 10 named to replace hugely respected Algerian Lakhdar Brahimi, who resigned in May after two[…]

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MH17 black boxes to be sent to UK lab

The black boxes recovered from the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine will be sent to British aviation investigators for analysis, Malaysia has said. The decision by the Dutch-led team probing the disaster came after pro-Russian rebels controlling the crash site handed the boxes over to Malaysian[…]

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China braced for 2nd typhoon

China was bracing Wednesday for the arrival of a second typhoon in as many weeks, as communities along the country’s southern coast cleared away debris in the wake of the earlier storm that killed 46 people. Authorities in eastern Zhejiang province, south of Shanghai, ordered fishing boats to return to[…]

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Israeli soldier reported missing in Gaza

An Israeli soldier is missing in the Gaza Strip and presumed dead, local media quoted the Israeli military as saying, as Israeli airstrikes hit targets in the enclave and diplomatic efforts intensified to end more than two weeks of fighting. Israel’s Channel 10 News on Tuesday said the military believed[…]

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Putin vows to press rebels, help MH17 probe

A Russian President Vladimir Putin promised Tuesday to do everything possible to influence pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine and help ensure a full probe into the Malaysia Airlines crash last week. However he added that it would not be enough with Kiev’s continuing military operation against the rebels, adding that[…]

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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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