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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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Hamas agrees to 24-hour ceasefire in Gaza

Hamas and other Palestinian factions have agreed to a 24-hour humanitarian truce in the Gaza Strip, starting at 2pm local time (11:00 GMT). Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement on Sunday the group took the decision after studying a UN proposal for a ceasefire and taking into consideration the[…]

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Grieving Gaza awaits Eid of martyrs

Amidst the bombs, blood and deaths, Gaza residents have been observing the last days of the holy month of Ramadan by praying inside a Christian church, awaiting an `Eid for martyrs. “They let us pray. It’s changed my view of Christians — I didn’t really know any before, but they’ve[…]

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Gazans survey devastation as truce broken

The bodies of dozens of Palestinians were pulled from the ruins of bombed-out homes in Gaza on Saturday during a brief humanitarian truce that top diplomats meeting in Paris urged Israel and Palestinian faction Hamas to extend. The death toll from the 19-day Israeli offensive on Gaza reached 1,032 on[…]

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Ceasefire efforts mounting

International efforts for a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza ramped up on Friday, as tensions erupted in the West Bank where four Palestinians were killed by Israeli gunfire. The United States has worked with Egypt on a plan that, diplomats say, would provide a humanitarian pause in the deadly Israel-Hamas conflict[…]

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Gaza violence spills over to WBank

Israeli soldiers shot and killed three Palestinian protesters and wounded about 100 on Thursday in confrontations with several thousand people demonstrating in the occupied West Bank against a 17-day-old Israeli offensive in Gaza, Palestinian medical officials said. The Israeli military confirmed troops had used “riot dispersal means” against protesters who[…]

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