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UN names Gaza war crimes probe panel

The United Nations has named experts to an international commission of inquiry into possible human rights violations and war crimes committed by both sides during Israel’s military offensive in the Gaza Strip. Israel responded to Monday’s announcement, dismissing the inquiry as a UN Human Rights Council “kangaroo court”. Sami Abu[…]

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US ‘to send’ untested Ebola drug to Liberia

Liberia has said it will receive doses of an experimental Ebola drug to treat infected doctors in the West African country. A statement, published on the Liberian presidency’s website on Monday, said the United States had approved a request from Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to ship the medicine, ZMapp,[…]

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Gazans faces Sisyphean task of reconstruction

With thousands of homes reduced to rubble and its infrastructure in ruins, Gaza’s reconstruction will cost billions and require at least an easing of Israel’s blockade to allow in building materials. Cement will be key among these materials, but its import will be controversial since it has been at the[…]

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Liberia puts third province under quarantined

The Liberian army has put a third province under quarantine to check the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf announced Monday. “Lofa county in the north has been quarantined by the army,” Sirleaf said after similar measures were taken in the provinces of Boma and Grand[…]

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HRW chief denied entry to Egypt

The executive director of Human Rights Watch and another senior staff member have been denied entry to Egypt after being held at Cairo’s international airport for 12 hours. Kenneth Roth, executive director of the New York-based rights group, and HRW Middle East director Sarah Leah Whitson were held overnight before[…]

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Erdogan wins Turkey’s presidential election

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s prime minister, has won the country’s first direct presidential election in the first round after taking more that 50 percent of the vote, according to Turkey’s election board. Sunday’s victory will extend Erdogan’s more than 10-year rule over the country for another five years. “The provisional[…]

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Amnesty slams US over Afghan civilian deaths

The families of thousands of civilians killed by American forces in Afghanistan have been left without justice or compensation, an Amnesty International report said Monday, in a damning indictment of the US military as it withdraws. The report said it had gathered evidence of “a deeply flawed US military justice[…]

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Cairo talks in disarray amid Gaza violence

Palestinian negotiators have warned they will leave Cairo on Sunday unless Israel agrees to return to Egyptian-mediated negotiations to end the fighting in Gaza without setting conditions. “We told the Egyptians that if the Israelis are not coming and if there is no significant development, we are leaving today,” Palestinian[…]

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