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ISIS orders genital mutilation of all woman

Rebels in Iraq have ordered that all women between the ages of 11 and 46 must undergo female genital mutilation, which could affect up to four million women and girls in the war-ravaged country, a UN official said Thursday. The UN’s second most senior official in Iraq, Jacqueline Badcock, said,[…]

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Israel hit with flights ban

In what many experts see as a blow to Israel’s economy, US and European air carriers have halted flights to Israel, citing concern over Hamas rockets fired from Gaza and hitting an area near Ben Gurion airport, as US Secretary of State John Kerry pushes for a Middle East truce[…]

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Air Algerie plane disappears from radar

An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria’s capital has disappeared from radar over northern Mali after heavy rains were reported, according to the owner and and government officials in France and Burkina Faso. Air navigation services lost track of the MD-83 about 50 minutes after[…]

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Gaza deathtoll tops 700

The death toll in the Israeli military campaign in the Gaza Strip has reached 707 with more than 4,500 people wounded, Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qedra says. A family of six, including two young children, was killed Thursday in an Israeli air strike in the south of the Gaza Strip.[…]

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Relatives fly to Taiwan plane crash site

Family members of victims of a plane crash were flying to the small Taiwanese island on Thursday where the plane had unsuccessfully attempted to land in stormy weather, killing 48. There were 10 survivors, and authorities were searching for one person who might have been in a wrecked house on[…]

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First MH17 bodies arrive in Netherlands

The first bodies from flight MH17 arrived in the Netherlands on Wednesday almost a week after it was shot down over Ukraine, as the conflict flared yet again near the Malaysian airliner’s crash site. Uniformed Dutch military personnel solemnly hoisted 40 wooden coffins from two planes and placed them in[…]

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UN: Israel assault in Gaza may be war crime

Israel’s military actions in the Gaza Strip could amount to war crimes, UN rights chief Navi Pillay has said, as Israel continued pounding Gaza for a 16th day. Pillay on Wednesday also condemned indiscriminate rocket attacks by Hamas fighters. “There seems to be a strong possibility that international law has[…]

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Indian MP force-feeds Muslim man on fast

There has been outrage in India after television footage showed a member of parliament from hardline Hindu nationalist outfit, Shiv Sena, trying to force-feed a man fasting for Ramadan, according to reports. The incident took place last week in the capital, New Delhi, when eleven Shiv Sena parliament members confronted[…]

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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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