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Leaders and clerics say they are ready to join new administration of Haider al-Abadi if certain conditions are met. Tribal leaders and clerics from Iraq’s Sunni heartland who staged a revolt against outgoing prime minister Nouri al-Maliki’s Shia-led government would be willing to join the new administration if certain conditions are met, a spokesman for […]

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More arms and aid are being sent to Iraq, in a growing international push to tackle jihadist militants and help those who have fled their advance. The US says it is considering airlifts and the creation of safe passages for fleeing civilians – but insists no US ground forces will be in a combat role. […]

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Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat (L) talks with Arab League Chief Nabil el-Araby during their meeting at the Arab League in Cairo August 11, 2014. Reuters Israeli and Palestinian negotiators resumed indirect talks mediated by Egypt on Monday on ending a month-old Gaza war, Egypt’s state news agency said, after a new 72-hour truce appeared […]

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Israel withdrew ground forces from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday and started a 72-hour ceasefire with Hamas mediated by Egypt as a first step towards negotiations on a more enduring end to the month-old war. Minutes before the truce began at 8:00am (0500 GMT), Hamas launched a salvo of rockets, calling them revenge for Israel’s […]

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But condemnation of Israel doesn’t extend to lawmakers, who so far have marched lockstep in support of ally by Naureen Khan There was tough talk for Israel on Friday afternoon in the halls of Congress. “The use of force in Israel is in no way legitimate self-defense.” “Friends don’t let friends kill children.” “Where is […]

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A Palestinian man pictured through a damaged classroom carries a boy as he walks at a United Nations-run school sheltering Palestinians displaced by an Israeli ground offensive, that witnesses said was hit by Israeli shelling, in Jebalya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip July 30, 2014. Israeli shelling killed at least 15 Palestinians sheltering […]

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Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged the Islamic world Tuesday to arm Palestinians to allow them to counter what he called Israel’s “genocide” in the Gaza Strip. In a speech marking the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr, Khamenei said Israel was acting like a “rabid dog” and “a wild wolf,” causing a human catastrophe […]

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A Palestinian woman grieves as she kneels at the bodies of Palestinian children from the al-Najjar (Najar) family, who were killed in an Israeli air strike on their house, at a hospital morgue in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, on July 26, 2014. AFP The death toll in Gaza soared to more than […]

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Diplomats will pursue efforts to secure a ceasefire in Paris on Saturday, says a French diplomatic source A 12-hour humanitarian truce went into effect on Saturday after Israel and Palestinian groups in the Gaza Strip agreed to a UN request for a pause in fighting and efforts proceeded to secure a long-term ceasefire move ahead. […]

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Palestinians mourn over the body of a member of the Abu Hasira family, who was killed in an Israeli air strike, as they attend his funeral on July 22, 2014 at a mosque in Gaza City. Photo: Reuters The UN chief and Washington’s top diplomat were holding a flurry of meetings in Cairo on Tuesday […]

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Israeli soldiers of an Infantry unit walk to their deployment area near Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip on July 18, 2014. Photo: AFP Israel warned Friday it could broaden a Gaza ground assault aimed at smashing Hamas’s network of cross-border tunnels, as it intensified attacks that have killed about 274 Palestinians. Diplomats stepped up […]

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Some 227 Palestinians have died in Israeli air strikes since the current crisis began on July 8 Israel’s foreign minister and Hamas have denied earlier reports of a truce deal to end fighting in Gaza between Israel and Palestinian militants. The Israeli minister,Avigdor Lieberman, said the reports were “as of now incorrect”, while Hamas, which […]

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