Rebels repel Iraqi attempt to retake Tikrit

Iraqi forces have withdrawn from the rebel-held northern Iraqi city of Tikrit after a new push to retake the city met heavy resistance, soldiers involved in the operation said. Government troops and allied Shia volunteer fighters were forced to retreat just before sunset on Tuesday to a base 4km south[…]

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US drone kills 12 in Pakistan tribal area

At least 12 people have been killed in a US drone attack in the Pakistani tribal area of North Waziristan, , sources have told Al Jazeera, the second such attack this week. Wednesday’s attack took place in the Dattakhel area of North Waziristan, about 30km west of Miranshah. Four missiles[…]

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Far-right group invades London mosque

Members of UK’s far-right Britain First group have invaded another mosque in south east London, giving the imam a seven-day warning to remove signs indicating separate entrances for Muslim men and women at the mosque. “In this country we have equality,” one member says, as the Muslim man protests over[…]

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Israel targets Hamas leaders in Gaza raid

Israeli warplanes bombed the home of a senior Hamas leader early Wednesday, as a campaign against Gaza entered day nine with no sign of an immediate end to hostilities. Israel had resumed Tuesday its punishing air campaign against the Palestinian territory, which has killed 197 people, as international efforts towards a[…]

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89 killed in Afghan bombing

A suicide bomber blew up a car packed with explosives near a busy market and a mosque in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing at least 89 people in the deadliest insurgent attack on civilians since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion. The explosion destroyed dozens of mud-brick shops, flipped cars over and[…]

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Assad to be sworn in today

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad is to be sworn in Wednesday for a new term in a war-ravaged country, as other conflicts in the turbulent region hog the international community’s attention. Assad will be sworn in for another seven-year term at his palace overlooking the capital, more than three years into[…]

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BRICS agrees to own development bank

The leaders of five emerging market powers said at a summit Tuesday that they agreed to create a development bank worth $100 billion that will have its headquarters in China. The first president of the New Development Bank will be from India and the position will rotate every five years[…]

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Israeli strikes resume after brief Gaza calm

Israel has resumed air strikes on the Gaza Strip six hours after agreeing to an Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire that was not formally accepted by the Palestinian group Hamas. Fresh air strikes were launched on Gaza at around 12:00GMT on Tuesday after Hamas fired nearly 50 rockets at Israel[…]

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Israelis admit burning Palestinian teen

Three Israeli suspects have admitted abducting and burning alive the Palestinian teenager whose murder sparked angry protests two weeks ago, paving way to Israeli’s crackdown on Palestinians and airstrikes on Gaza. “I don’t have any peace in my heart, even if they captured who they say killed my son,” Mohammed[…]

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