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Libyan special forces base overrun

A coalition of armed groups has overrun a major Libyan army base held by allies of a renegade general in the eastern city of Benghazi. Special forces troops of the Saiqa brigade, loyal to Khalifa Haftar, abandoned their base in southeast Benghazi on Tuesday after coming under attack, military officials[…]

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Shelling hits UN school in Gaza

An Israeli shelling on a UN school in Gaza killed 20 people early Wednesday, medics said, as Palestinian factions were to head to Cairo to discuss a temporary humanitarian ceasefire. As the conflict between Israel and Hamas entered its 23rd day, international efforts to bring an end to the bloodshed[…]

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Sierra Leone’s top Ebola doctor dies

Sierra Leone’s top Ebola doctor has died from the disease, medical officials have said. Sheik Umar Khan was infected earlier this month and died on Tuesday at a ward run by medical charity Doctors Without Borders in the far north of the country. Miatta Kargbo, Sierra Leone’s health minister, called[…]

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Palestinian authorities offer 24-hour truce

The PLO has said that all Palestinian factions, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad, have united to offer a 24-hour ceasefire in Gaza, a move Hamas however insisted must be guaranteed by Israel for it to work. Yasser Abed Rabbo, a member of the PLO executive committee, said on Tuesday that[…]

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Gaza’s displaced cram into UN schools

Dozens of displaced Gaza families flooded into a UN school early Tuesday after Israel warned them to leave their homes, struggling to set up camp in a cramped, dirty courtyard. Hundreds of homeless Gazans were already living there, with this school in the northern town of Jabaliya packed to overflowing.[…]

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Civilian deaths mount in eastern Ukraine

Intense fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine has killed at least 22 civilians, local officials say, as Ukraine presses an offensive to close in on the separatists. Ukrainian forces have been pushing rebel units back towards their two main urban strongholds of Donetsk and Luhansk and[…]

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Iran leader accuses Israel of Gaza genocide

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Tuesday accused Israel of committing “genocide” in Gaza and called on the Islamic world to arm Palestinians fighting “the Zionist regime”. In a speech marking the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr, Khamenei said Israel was acting like a “rabid dog” and “a wild wolf”[…]

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France offers asylum to Iraqi Christians

France has said it is ready to welcome Christians fleeing the area of Iraq controlled by Islamic State (IS) fighters, saying it is “outraged” by their persecution. Islamic State fighters seized large swaths of northern Iraq last month, prompting hundreds of Christian families in Mosul to flee a city which[…]

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Israel, PA lash out at Kerry over truce bid

US Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts to broker a ceasefire in Gaza have made him and the White House the subject of blunt criticism within Israel, adding tension to an already strained diplomatic relationship. Kerry spent much of last week shuttling between Cairo, Tel Aviv and Ramallah trying to[…]

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MH17 suffered ‘explosive’ loss of pressure

Data from recovered flight recorders shows that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crashed in eastern Ukraine because of an explosive loss of pressure after being punctured multiple times by shrapnel, a Ukrainian security spokesman says. Andrei Lysenko said on Monday the plane suffered “massive explosive decompression” after it was hit by[…]

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