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Iran nuclear talks continue

US Secretary of State John Kerry was due Monday to hold a second day of talks with Iran seeking to overcome major differences blocking what would be a momentous nuclear deal. With just six days until a deadline to strike an accord, the differences appear considerable, however, with Kerry and[…]

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Israeli troops launch first incursion in Gaza

Israeli marines clashed with Hamas gunmen in the first reported ground incursion in the Gaza Strip, after the deadliest night of violence in Israel’s latest offensive in which 18 members of the same family were killed. The Israeli army said at least four soldiers were “lightly injured” on Sunday, as[…]

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Sunni prisoners executed in Iraq: HRW

With world eyes fixed on fighters from Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, a leading human rights group has revealed that Iraqi security forces and militias affiliated with the government have executed at least 255 Sunni prisoners in retaliation for attacks by ISIL. “Gunning down prisoners is an outrageous[…]

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Bomb hits disabled centre in Gaza

At least four people have been reported killed in a bomb strike on a rehabilitation centre for the disabled in Gaza, medical sources say, as the toll from Israel’s bombardment of the Palestinian territory reaches 124. Three patients and a nurse were killed in the explosion on Saturday in Jabaliya,[…]

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Ukraine launches air raids on rebels

Ukraine’s military scrambled jets to strike at rebel positions early on Saturday, after separatists resumed missile attacks on government forces near the frontier with Russia, the border guard service said. Ukrainian forces also used artillery to respond to rebel fire early on Saturday, the military said, in several areas of[…]

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Pro-Gaza protests shake the world

Thousands of angry demonstrators turned out to the streets around the world on Friday, July 11, to protest the Israeli war on besieged Gaza Strip that has resulted in the killing of more than 120 Palestinian and injuring of hundreds. In London, several thousands of people filled the streets outside[…]

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Gaza death toll passes 100

At least 101 people have been killed as Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip enters its fourth day, with the latest attack killing five people in Rafah while rescuers were trying to free those trapped in the ruins of a building. The air raid in Rafah on Friday came as[…]

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Charities urge end to Gaza violence

A group of 34 charities and other non-governmental organisations signed a statement Friday urging an end to the deadly conflict between Israel and Hamas. The statement was signed by groups including ActionAid, CARE, Oxfam and Save the Children and urged the international community to step up efforts to find a[…]

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Deaths in Ukraine as Russia shuts border

At least nine people, including four Ukrainian soldiers, have been reported killed in the east of the country, where government forces are fighting pro-Russian separatists. Two soldiers and at least one border guard were killed after their armoured vehicle drove over a mine on Friday near Dovzhansky, on Ukraine’s border[…]

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Ghani commits to Afghan vote audit

Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani has said he is committed to an “intensive and extensive” audit of votes to resolve a political standoff with his rival, Abdullah Abdullah. His comments on Friday came before the start of a meeting with the US secretary of state, John Kerry, who had previously[…]

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