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Is the PA stalling Gaza war crimes probe?

The Palestinian Authority has so far prevented the launch of a formal investigation into the alleged war crimes committed by Israel and Palestinian factions during the 50-day Gaza war last July and August, according to officials at the International Criminal Court. In a confidential letter obtained exclusively by Al Jazeera’s[…]

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US to expand strikes on IS

US President Barack Obama will not hesitate to conduct airstrikes in Syria as he expands the US fight to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State. “We will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are,” Obama said in a rare evening address to the American people from[…]

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Israel opens its own probe into Gaza war

The Israeli military said Wednesday it has opened criminal investigations into two high-profile cases involving Palestinian civilian casualties in this summer’s Gaza war, in an apparent attempt to head off international investigations into its conduct. By investigating the killing of Palestinian children on a Gaza beach and the shelling of[…]

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Chlorine likely used in Syria

A toxic chemical, almost certainly chlorine, was used “systematically and repeatedly” as a weapon in attacks on villages in northern Syria earlier this year, the global chemical weapons watchdog said Wednesday. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said that a report by a fact-finding mission it sent to Syria[…]

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Yemeni tensions run high

Shiite Houthi rebels clashed with Yemeni forces in a Sanaa suburb Wednesday as tensions ran high in the capital where they have set up protest camps, security sources and witnesses said. A gunfight broke out in the Sabaha district, where Houthi protesters have been camping for weeks in a campaign[…]

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Obama to outline plan to combat IS fighters

US President Barack Obama is set to outline an expanded military and political effort to combat the Islamic State armed group in Syria and Iraq, and urge American legislators to quickly give him authority to arm Syrian opposition forces. Obama’s much-anticipated television address on Wednesday comes on the eve of[…]

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Thousands still stranded in flood-hit Kashmir

Floodwaters have started receding in India-administered Kashmir, giving rescue teams a chance to reach more than 600,000 people stranded by the heaviest flooding in half a century. Torrential rains and landslides caused by days of rain have killed at least 450 people in Kashmir – a Himalayan region divided between[…]

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Syria rebel leader killed in bomb attack

The leader of one of Syria’s most powerful rebel groups has been killed along with dozens of other commanders in a bomb attack on a high-level meeting in Idlib province. Hassan Abboud, the head of the Ahrar al-Sham brigade, was among up to 45 people killed on Tuesday at the[…]

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Ebola threatening Liberia’s existence: Minister

Ebola is threatening the very existence of Liberia as the killer virus spreads like “wild fire”, the defence minister warned Tuesday, following a grim World Health Organization assessment that the worst is yet to come. After predicting an “exponential increase” in infections across West Africa, the WHO warned that Liberia,[…]

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Pakistan mosque collapses on worshippers

At least 18 people have been killed in a roof collapse at a mosque in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, with officials saying the death toll may rise. The roof collapse happened in Daroghawala, a low-income neighbourhood in the outer city with narrow and congested streets. “The bodies of[…]

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