Palestinian joy as Israel agrees Gaza truce

Thousands of Palestinians are celebrating in Gaza after Israel and Palestinian groups agreed an open-ended ceasefire to end seven weeks of fighting in Gaza. The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, said on Tuesday from the occupied West Bank that a formula had been accepted by all parties and that a ceasefire[…]

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US journo returns home after Syria kidnapping

An American journalist held for nearly two years by rebels linked to Al-Qaeda in Syria returned to the United States late Tuesday, two days after Qatar negotiated his release, his family said. Peter Theo Curtis, 45, was reunited with his mother Nancy Curtis at Boston Logan International Airport after flying[…]

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Afghan candidate threatens to shun vote audit

One of the two men vying to become Afghanistan’s next president has threatened to boycott a ballot audit from the country’s disputed presidential runoff, his adviser said, a development that could further disrupt the already troubled process. The complicated, UN-supervised audit of the eight million votes from the June presidential[…]

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US mourns Ferguson teenager killed by police

Grieving family members were joined by thousands of mourners at the funeral of Michael Brown, an unarmed black youth whose killing by a white police officer in the town of Ferguson triggered weeks of unrest. US civil rights leader Reverend Al Sharpton, called for a “fair and impartial investigation” into[…]

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Deadly Gaza raids as Egypt offers new truce plans

Egypt has proposed a new ceasefire in the Gaza conflict that would open key border crossings into the battered Palestinian territory, after Israeli raids killed at least 10 more Palestinians.  An Israeli air raid in Gaza killed two Palestinians  on Tuesday, as Israel pursued its campaign against Hamas in the[…]

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Mass killings, enslavement widespread under IS

Mass killings, systematic rape and enslavement have become the calling cards of the Sunni extremist group Islamic State in the parts of Iraq it now controls, the top UN human rights official said Monday. The group is committing “horrific” human rights abuses every day, Navi Pillay, the UN high commissioner[…]

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“Profiling targets US Muslims too”

A leading American Muslim civil rights activist has complained that US Muslims were enduring similar racial profiling to African-American in Ferguson suburb in Missouri state. “Profiling in post-9/11 America of Arab-Americans and South-Asian Americans cannot be dealt with in a silo separate from the profiling and misconduct that is done[…]

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