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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Gaza deaths above 800

Israeli shell fire on a house in Gaza killed one person Friday, bringing the total death toll to more than 800 Palestinians after one of the bloodiest days of the conflict. The tank shell hit a home in the southern city of Khan Yunis, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said,[…]

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Taiwan airline sorry for crash

Taiwan’s TransAsia Airways ran an apology on the front pages of five major newspapers Friday, pledging to shoulder the “utmost responsibility” after 48 people died when one of its planes crashed in stormy weather. It came as airline chairman Vincent Lin was confronted by grieving relatives as he was paying[…]

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Peter Greste to appeal

Jailed Australian journalist Peter Greste will lodge an appeal against the conviction and seven-year sentence handed down by an Egyptian court, his family said Friday. Greste and two Al-Jazeera colleagues — Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian national Baher Mohamed — were jailed last month for defaming Egypt and aiding the[…]

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Sudan ‘apostacy’ woman meets Pope

A Sudanese Christian woman whose death sentence for renouncing Islam sparked a global outcry that eventually led to an acquittal, met Pope Francis after arriving in Italy en route to the United States. Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag and her family were received by the Argentine pontiff at his home for a[…]

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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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