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Israel shelling in Gaza war ‘unprecedented’

The unprecedented number of Palestinians killed in the 2014 war in Gaza was linked to changes in the military rules of engagement regarding civilian protection measures by Israel’s army, a London-based NGO said this week. In a new report entitled ‘Under Fire,’ Action on Armed Violence found that Israel has[…]

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‘American Sniper’ should not be nominated for an Oscar

OPINION by Ramzi Kassem- “They’re savages! It’s not about them! It’s about us!” In that exchange between the protagonist, Chris Kyle, a man who holds the dubious distinction of being the most lethal sniper in American military history, and his wife, lies the central conceit of “American Sniper”, nominated in[…]

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Israeli military lawyer says ICC probe not a concern

The Israeli military’s chief legal adviser said on Thursday that he is not concerned about a possible investigation by the International Criminal Court into Israel’s conduct during last year’s Gaza war. Israel’s own internal probes are sufficient, said advocate general Maj. Gen. Danny Efroni. The Palestinians recently joined the Netherlands-based[…]

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Afghan war seeing record civilian casualties: UN

Afghan civilians are bearing the brunt of the 13-year-old war in Afghanistan, with casualties rising significantly due to increased ground fighting between the Taliban and government forces, the United Nations said in a new report on Wednesday. Civilian casualties due to conflict increased by 22 per cent in 2014, compared[…]

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South Sudan sign another peace deal

South Sudan’s warring factions early Monday signed another peace deal in the latest effort to end hostilities that have raged for more than a year. The government and rebels have previously signed at least three peace deals which were broken quickly. Leaders of the regional bloc overseeing the talks, IGAD,[…]

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Israel violated rules of war: B’Tselem

A majority of Palestinians killed in dozens of Israeli attacks on Gaza homes in the 2014 war with Hamas were women, minors or the elderly, and some of the strikes violated the rules of war, an Israeli rights group said Wednesday. The B’Tselem group called strikes on homes “one of[…]

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US, NATO to mark end of Afghanistan war

The United States and NATO will mark the formal end of the war in Afghanistan on Sunday with a ceremony at their military headquarters in Kabul as the insurgency they fought for 13 years remains as ferocious and deadly as at any time since the 2001 invasion that unseated the[…]

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UN watchdog slams Israel

A UN human rights watchdog on Thursday urged Israel to respect the rights of Palestinians, and demanded the country probe violations committed during repeated assaults on Gaza. With tensions soaring in East Jerusalem, and months of almost daily clashes, the UN Human Rights Committee published conclusions Thursday from its review[…]

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Al Imdaad throws life line to Syria

The Al Imdaad Foundation is continuing its efforts to assist thousands of Syrians who have been left destitute due to the conflict between loyalists to President Bashar al Assad, rebels and now with the Islamic State’s territorial gain. While fighting continues, Syrian citizens are fleeing for survival and some thousands[…]

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