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Obama calls for Gaza truce

US President Barack Obama called for an “immediate ceasefire” between Israel and Hamas on Sunday, after the bloodiest day of fighting in Gaza raised the number of Palestinians killed to 476. The United Nations Security Council opened urgent talks on efforts to strike a ceasefire deal as Israel ramped up[…]

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Tunisia shuts ‘unlicensed’ media outlets

Tunisia has closed a satellite television channel and a radio station for promoting “jihad”, a few days after armed fighters killed 15 soldiers, according to the government statement. The decision came after fighters on Wednesday attacked two army posts in the remote Mount Chaambi region near the Algerian border, killing[…]

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Flight MH17 tragedy raises burial dilemma

As a new tragedy hit Malaysia Airlines, families of the Muslim victims of Flight 17 that crashed last Thursday over Ukraine lands controlled by pro-Russia separatists are concerned about the burial and funeral rituals for their dear one whose bodies were left to decompose in area hit by tensions. “I[…]

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Hamas accepts call for 3 hour truce

Hamas  said Sunday it had accepted a proposal for a three-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza it said was made by the International Committee of the Red Cross. “The ICRC contacted (us) and offered to broker a three-hour humanitarian truce to enable ambulances to evacuate the dead and wounded and Hamas[…]

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40 killed in North Gaza

At least 40 Palestinians were killed as Israeli forces pounded northern Gaza Sunday, sending thousands fleeing in terror on day 13 of the deadliest assault on the enclave in five years. The intensity of the bombardment prevented emergency services from accessing the area and dead bodies lay in the streets[…]

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Bosnia buries 284 war victims

Thousands gathered Sunday for a final farewell to 284 people killed in Bosnia’s 1992-1995 war, after their remains were exhumed from one of the largest mass graves found in the country. “I hope it will be easier now,” said 48-year old Suad Tatarevic, who came to bury some 40 family[…]

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MH17 victims remembered

Australians were Sunday remembering those killed on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at church services, as stories emerged of parents losing children, and doctors, teachers and a nun among the dead. Twenty-eight of the 298 people on the plane apparently shot down in eastern Ukraine on Thursday were Australians, while eight[…]

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Gaza toll rises as invasion widens

Benjamin Netanyahu has said that Israel is prepared for a “significant expansion” of the ground invasion in Gaza, after overnight bombardments killed dozens of Palestinians. The Israeli prime minister said on Friday he had instructed the army to “prepare for the possibility of significantly widening the ground operation”. “We don’t[…]

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Ukraine rebels pledge truce for jet recovery

Pro-Russian separatists have promised to cease fire for two to four days in eastern Ukraine to allow recovery work at the site where a Malaysian airliner carrying 298 people crashed, Russia’s RIA news agency quoted a rebel leader as saying. The announcement came as world leaders demanded an investigation into[…]

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UN: more than 5,000 killed in Iraq this year

The United Nations has said at least 5,576 civilians have been killed by violence in Iraq this year. At least 11,665 have been wounded since January, when Sunni fighters from the group calling itself the Islamic State, overran the city of Fallujah in the western province of Anbar, the UN[…]

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