Archive for June, 2014

Monday, June 30th, 2014 at 2:23pm

Pakistan launches ground war in Waziristan

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Pakistan has launched a ground offensive against rebel strongholds near the Afghan border after evacuating nearly half a million people from the tribal region, the army has said. A military statement said on Monday that soldiers had found underground tunnels and bomb-making factories in Miranshah, the capital of North Waziristan.  “After the evacuation of all […]

Monday, June 30th, 2014 at 2:23pm

Two police officers killed in Egypt bomb

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Two Egyptian police officers have been killed and several others wounded in a small explosion near the presidential palace in Cairo’s Heliopolis district, the Interior Ministry has said. Security forces were defusing one makeshift bomb found at a street intersection near the presidential palace on Monday when a second device exploded, the ministry said in a […]

Monday, June 30th, 2014 at 2:23pm

Sunni rebels declare new ‘Islamic caliphate’

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A Sunni armed group which controls large areas of Iraq and Syria has announced the establishment of a “caliphate” straddling the two countries, urging other groups to pledge allegiance. In an audio recording released on Sunday, the group formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant declared its chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, “the […]

Monday, June 30th, 2014 at 2:22am

EU leaders urge Ukraine to extend ceasefire

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The leaders of France and Germany have spoken for more than two hours by telephone with presidents of Russia and Ukraine, seeking progress before a fragile ceasefire between Kiev and pro-Kremlin separatists expires. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande joined Vladimir Putin on Sunday in asking Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko to extend […]

Monday, June 30th, 2014 at 2:22am

Iraqi political divide widens amid fighting

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The formation of a new government in Iraq has suffered a setback with the biggest bloc in parliament choosing to abstain from an upcoming parliamentary session, even as the military continued its offensive against the Sunni rebels for the second day. Iyad Allawi, Iraq’s former prime minister, on Sunday called on his supporters to boycott a […]

Monday, June 30th, 2014 at 2:22am

ISIL declares new ‘Islamic caliphate’

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The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the armed group fighting governments in Iraq and Syria, has announced the establishment of a “caliphate” straddling the two countries. In an audio recording distributed online on Sunday, the ISIL declared its chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as “the caliph” and “leader for Muslims everywhere”. Baghdadi is […]

Sunday, June 29th, 2014 at 2:17pm

Israeli airstrikes attack targets in Gaza

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The Israeli military has carried out airstrikes in the Gaza Strip after rockets were launched towards Israel, the military said, and Israel’s foreign minister suggested reoccupying the Hamas-ruled territory to stop the rocket fire. <!–article_quote,quoted_author,additional_info–> The military said it targeted 12 locations in Gaza on Sunday, including “concealed” rocket launchers, weapons manufacturing sites and what it called […]

Sunday, June 29th, 2014 at 2:17pm

Ukraine seeks EU help with Putin talks

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Ukraine’s new president has enlisted support from the leaders of Germany and France for a call to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin as a ceasefire deadline looms. President Petro Poroshenko is expected to be joined by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande on the scheduled phone call on Sunday to the Russian leader […]

Sunday, June 29th, 2014 at 2:17pm

Iraq takes delivery of Russian fighter jets

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Battle for Tikrit The Iraqi government launched its biggest push yet to drive back the rebel offensive on Saturday, as soldiers backed by tanks and helicopter gunships began an offensive to retake the northern city of Tikrit. There were conflicting reports as to just how much headway the Iraqi military made in its initial thrust […]

Sunday, June 29th, 2014 at 2:13am

Ukraine troops killed in fresh attack

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Three members of the Ukrainian military have been killed after pro-Russian separatists attacked their post near the eastern flashpoint city of Slovyansk with small arms and mortar fire, a military spokesman said. The reported attack on the post manned by members of the government’s “anti-terrorist operation” took place on Saturday despite a government ceasefire, which was extended on Friday until Monday night.  “As […]

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