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Benghazi ‘falls to al-Qaeda-linked rebels’

Armed groups claimed to have taken control of Libya’s second largest city, Benghazi, after defeating units loyal to a renegade general, taking over their barracks and seizing tanks, rockets and hundreds of boxes of ammunition. The main police headquarters was on Thursday still smouldering after it was hit by shelling[…]

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Three-day ceasefire begins in Gaza Strip

A ceasefire is under way in the Gaza Strip, after Israel and Hamas agreed to a 72-hour pause in fighting. The truce started at 8am local time (05:00 GMT) on Friday, just hours after 14 more Palestinians were reported killed by Israeli tank and air fire in the coastal enclave.[…]

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Israel vows to destroy tunnels before truce

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country is determined, regardless of ceasefire efforts, to complete the destruction of tunnels that Palestinian fighters have built under the Gaza-Israel border. In public remarks at the start of a cabinet meeting in Tel Aviv, he said he would not agree to any[…]

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East Africa boosts anti-Ebola measures

Kenya and Ethiopia, home to some of Africa’s largest transport hubs, said Thursday they had boosted measures to combat possible Ebola cases arriving in their countries. Kenya’s National Disaster Operation Centre said in a statement that “port health services are on standby, with enhanced screening at border points to prevent[…]

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ISIS imposes strict dress code for Syrian women

The Islamic State has imposed a strict dress code for women in eastern Syria, forbidding them from showing any part of their bodies, a monitoring group said on Thursday. “Women… are completely forbidden from showing their eyes,” said the statement, which the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said was distributed[…]

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Ebola epidemic ‘out of control’ says charity

Global medical charity Doctors Without Borders has given warning that the Ebola crisis in West Africa is “unprecedented, absolutely out of control”, as states across the world took steps to prevent its spread. Bart Janssens, the charity’s director of operations, warned there was no overarching vision of how to tackle[…]

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Philippines urges nationals out of Libya

The Philippines renewed calls for thousands of its nationals to leave Libya on Thursday after a Filipina nurse was abducted and gang-raped, following the beheading of a Filipino construction worker. The foreign department said all 13,000 Filipinos there were to be repatriated as clashes between rival militias threaten to tear[…]

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15 dead in strike on Gaza market

At least 15 people were killed and 150 people wounded in an Israeli air strike on a market near Gaza City on Wednesday, medics said. Emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said the strike hit a busy market in the battered Shejaiya neighbourhood, which lies between Gaza City and the border[…]

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Israel army agrees 4-hour humanitarian lull

Israel was on Wednesday observing a four-hour lull in Gaza several hours after a deadly strike on a school killed 16, drawing a furious response from a UN refugee agency. The humanitarian window went into effect at 1200 GMT, although the Israeli army said it would not apply to areas where[…]

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