Archive for July, 2014

Friday, July 11th, 2014 at 3:59pm

Deaths in Ukraine as Russia shuts border

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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 with Russia. Vladyslav Seleznyov, a military spokesman, said a […]

Friday, July 11th, 2014 at 3:59pm

Kurds ‘quit Iraq government’ in Maliki snub

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The Kurdish political bloc has stopped all participation in Iraq’s national government over prime minister Nouri al-Maliki’s comments that Kurds were hosting Sunni rebels in Erbil. Iraq’s foreign minister, Hoshiyar Zebari, said on Friday that Kurdish politicians would stop running their ministries, a day after they had announced a boycott of cabinet meetings. The ministries […]

Friday, July 11th, 2014 at 3:59pm

Gaza toll passes 103 as Israel raids continue

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At least 103 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 Israel continued to bomb Gaza […]

Friday, July 11th, 2014 at 3:59am

Kerry in Kabul over Afghan poll row

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US Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Afghanistan for talks in an effort to broker a resolution to a disputed election that threatens to stir up ethnic tensions and undermine a peaceful political transition. State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said Kerry would meet on Friday with the country’s two presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, as well as […]

Friday, July 11th, 2014 at 3:59am

Rafah crossing provides hope to exit Gaza

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Rafah border crossing, Gaza-Egypt border – For many Palestinians living under heavy Israeli bombardment, Egypt’s limited opening of the Rafah crossing with Gaza provided a small glimmer of hope. After nearly a month of closure, Egypt opened Gaza’s main gate to the outside world, but travelling was restricted to medical patients and people seriously wounded […]

Friday, July 11th, 2014 at 3:59am

Toll mounts as Israel steps up Gaza air raids

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Israeli warplanes kept up deadly raids on Gaza but failed to stop rocket fire across the border, as the United States offered to help negotiate a truce. As the violence worsened, US President Barack Obama said his government was willing to broker a ceasefire in a phone call to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Obama said […]

Thursday, July 10th, 2014 at 3:59pm

Several killed in US drone strike in Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – At least six people have been killed in a US drone strike in the North Waziristan tribal area, where a Pakistani military operation against Taliban fighters is ongoing, intelligence sources tell Al Jazeera. Two missiles were fired on Thursday on a compound and a vehicle in the village of Madakhel in the Dattakhel area […]

Thursday, July 10th, 2014 at 3:59pm

World reacts to the conflict in Gaza

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The international community remains sharply divided as an Israeli army offensive in Gaza that has killed scores enters its third day, and Palestinian fighters fire rockets at a number of cities in Israel. At least 81 Palestinians have died in airstrikes since they began on Tuesday, with Israel facing condemnation from many Arab and Muslim […]

Thursday, July 10th, 2014 at 3:58pm

Death toll climbs as Israel bombards Gaza

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The death toll in a three-day Israeli offensive in Gaza has climbed to at least 84, including a number of children, as officials continue to talk of a lengthy campaign and a possible ground invasion. An Israeli air strike killed seven Palestinian civilians on Thursday, including five children, in the largest death toll from a […]

Thursday, July 10th, 2014 at 3:53am

Ukrainian pilot charged with aiding murder

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A Ukrainian air force pilot who was captured by separatist rebels last month has been charged in Russia with abetting the killing of two Russian journalists, Russian officials have said. Ukraine has been rocked by fighting between pro-Russia rebels and government forces for more than three months. Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin, employees of a Russian state-owned […]

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