Iran plane crash kills dozens

At least 39 passengers and crew on board an Iranian jet have been killed and nine injured after the plane crashed near an airport in the capital Tehran, according to a senior transportation official and state media. IRNA news agency said the plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Mehrabad airport[…]

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US warns Russia against Ukraine invasion

The United States has warned Russia against using the humanitarian crisis in eastern Ukraine as a pretext for an invasion, saying such a move would be “completely unacceptable”. The warning came after Russia proposed setting up humanitarian corridors to come to the aid of civilians in east Ukraine who are[…]

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Israeli strikes hit Gaza mosques

Israeli warplanes kept up a punishing campaign of air strikes over Gaza, killing five Palestinians on Saturday as rebels fired rockets into Israel and ceasefire talks in Cairo stalled. The Palestinian interior ministry said Israeli jets launched 21 strikes after midnight, destroying three mosques, one in the Zeitoun area, one[…]

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Palestinians committed to reaching Gaza truce

A senior Palestinian official said a team negotiating in Cairo for a ceasefire agreement with Israel is committed to reaching a deal. “We told the Egyptians (mediators) we are sitting here to achieve a final agreement that restores the rights” of Palestinians, delegation head Azzam al-Ahmed told reporters. The Egyptian[…]

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Ebola declared an ‘international emergency’

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency that requires an extraordinary response to stop its spread. WHO declared similar emergencies for the swine flu pandemic in 2009 and for polio in May. The WHO chief, Dr Margaret[…]

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US warplanes hit Islamic State in Iraq

The US Defence Department has said the US military has conducted an airstrike against Islamic State fighters near the northern Iraqi city of Erbil. A Pentagon statement said two F/A-18 warplanes dropped 225 kilograms of laser-guided bombs on a mobile artillery piece which “[the Islamic State] was using … to[…]

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Obama authorises air strikes in Iraq

US President Barack Obama has authorised targeted air strikes against Sunni fighters in Iraq, saying the measure was meant to avert “genocide” in the country. “We can act, carefully and responsibly to prevent a potential act of genocide,” Obama said on Thursday, referring to the Yazidis, a religious minority group[…]

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Gaza rockets hit Israel as truce expires

Gaza rebels fired a barrage of rockets at Israel on Friday as Palestinian factions at talks in Cairo refused to extend a 72-hour ceasefire in the devastating month-long conflict. But negotiations for a new truce were still ongoing in the Egyptian capital, as residents in southern Israel took shelter from[…]

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Kerry presses for Afghanistan unity government

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday opened a second day of talks in Afghanistan aimed at preventing the fragile country from collapsing into political chaos after disputed elections. Kerry paid a courtesy call on Afghan President Hamid Karzai and was later to meet with the two men –[…]

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