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Israel begins Gaza ground assault

Israeli ground troops backed by tanks and warplanes swept into Gaza on a mission to stamp out rocket fire that the Hamas leadership said Friday was doomed to fail. The deathtoll amongst Palestinians soared to 258 as the Israeli offensive entered its 11th day, with the army bombarding Gaza by air[…]

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‘Jetliner did not make distress call’

The Malaysia Airlines jetliner that went down in war-torn Ukraine did not make any distress call, Malaysia’s prime minister said Friday, adding that its flight route had been declared safe by the global civil aviation body. Najib Razak, who addressed a middle-of-the-night news conference after speaking with leaders of Ukraine[…]

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Morsi’s fugitive son arrested

A son of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, who was sentenced to a year in prison for possession and use of hashish, was arrested early Friday at a train station south of Cairo, security officials said. Abdullah Morsi, 19, who security officials said was on the run, was arrested while[…]

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Libya warring factions agree to truce

Powerful militias battling for the Libyan capital’s airport have agreed a ceasefire, Tripoli said Friday, after the government sought UN help to stop the country from becoming a “failed state”. Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdelaziz asked the UN Security Council to dispatch experts to train Libya’s defence and police forces to[…]

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Israel ‘considers Egypt plan for Gaza truce’

A five-hour humanitarian truce has ended in the Gaza Strip, amid reports that Israel was considering a wider ceasefire proposed by Egypt. The UN-brokered humanitarian truce ended at 12pm GMT on Thursday with two reported infractions – three mortar bombs landed in Israel while Israeli tank fire was reported in[…]

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UN warns of “immense” Gaza casualties

Reiterating calls for an immediate end to the Israeli war on Gaza, the United Nations said the level of human loss and destruction became “immense” as the war on Gaza enters its ninth day. “The numbers are increasing by the hour,” Sami Mshasha, from the UN Relief and Works Agency[…]

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Footballers rep denies winnings donated to Gaza

Germany and Arsenal superstar Mesut Ozil’s representative has denied claims that the star was set to donate his £350,000 [$600,000] World Cup winnings to the children of Gaza following his country’s triumph in the global spectacle. “The claim that Mesut donated money to Gaza is not true,” said the midfielder’s[…]

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Taliban claim attack on Kabul’s airport

Taliban fighters have attacked Kabul’s international airport, setting off explosions and trading gunfire with Afghan soldiers as a major alert was raised in the capital. A rapid response force was sent to the airport by the Afghan military after an explosion and bursts of gunfire were heard on Thursday morning.[…]

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Turkey may place Syrian refugees in camps

Turkey will take “drastic measures” to deal with the influx of tens of thousands of Syrian refugees into its biggest city Istanbul, including forcibly sending them to camps in the southeast, the city’s top official said. Istanbul governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu on Wednesday said there were now 67,000 Syrian refugees[…]

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Philippines recovering after deadly typhoon

Millions of Filipinos have endured a second day without power after typhoon Rammasun paralysed the capital Manila, and killed 38 people as it swept across the country. Rammasun was heading towards China on Thursday after cutting a path through the Philippines’ central and southern islands, shutting down the capital and[…]

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