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  1. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Islamists holding UN peacekeepers hostage set high price for their release

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 10:12pm by Reuters

    ... and that compensation be paid for members killed in fighting, the head of Fiji's army said yesterday. Brigadier General Mosese Tikoitoga said negotiations had been stepped up between the al-Qaeda-linked ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1583899/islamists-holding-un-peacekeepers-hostage-set-high-price-their-release
  2. News - Asia - MIDDLE EAST

    Trapped Filipino peacekeepers clash with Syrian rebels after tense stand-off

    Posted Aug 30th 2014, 04:18pm by AP

    ... secretary-general's spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, said on Friday at the UN headquarters in New York. The UN said in a statement that it had received assurances from credible sources that the Fijian peacekeepers "were safe and in good health". UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the detention of the Fijians and called for their immediate release. A spokeswoman for Philippine ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1581961/filipino-peacekeepers-being-attacked-syrian-rebels-defence-chief
  3. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    40 Filipino peacekeepers perform 'greatest escape' in Golan Heights

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 04:44am by AFP

    ... reached safety after the rebels, some linked to al-Qaeda, surrounded them and demanded their weapons on Thursday, military chief General Gregorio Catapang said. Catapang called it "the ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1582362/40-filipino-peacekeepers-perform-greatest-escapein-golan-heights
  4. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    This time, gunfire in Gaza is to celebrate 'permanent' truce

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 08:39pm by AFP

    ... on "all parties to fully and completely comply with its terms". UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon voiced hope that the ceasefire in Gaza would set the stage for talks on a final ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1581234/time-gunfire-gaza-celebrate-permanent-truce
  5. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Palestinians celebrate as long-term ceasefire begins in Gaza

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 10:35am

    ... Secretary of State John Kerry said, calling “on all parties to fully and completely comply with its terms.” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced hope that the ceasefire in Gaza will set the stage ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1581061/palestinians-celebrate-long-term-ceasefire-begins-gaza
  6. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Israel, Hamas at odds over Gaza truce extension

    Posted Aug 07th 2014, 01:14pm by Agence France-Presse in Gaza

    ... the ceasefire came into effect. On the Israeli side, the loss of 64 soldiers is its biggest toll since the 2006 war against Hezbollah. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned that after three wars in Gaza in six years, international patience with both sides is being tested. He opened a special meeting of the UN General Assembly with an appeal for a lasting peace. “The senseless cycle ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1568208/israel-hamas-odds-over-gaza-truce-extension
  7. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Syrian rebels raid town inside Lebanon, killing two soldiers

    Posted Aug 03rd 2014, 06:53am by AP

    ... general said the gunmen attacked army positions near Arsal and troops returned fire. Another official said the gunmen also took control of the main police station in the town. Lebanon's ... residents later freed police officers at the station, though rebels captured some weapons and released several detainees. The general said gunmen took a number of soldiers and police officers from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1565271/syrian-rebels-raid-town-inside-lebanon-killing-two-soldiers
  8. Lifestyle - Books - MIDDLE EAST

    Book review: The Lion's Gate, by Steven Pressfield

    Posted Aug 03rd 2014, 11:57am by MCT

    ... short chapter presents the view of a soldier or aviator, from a general to a foot soldier. To be sure, Lion's Gate is not, in conventional journalistic terms, a balanced account. The voices ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/books/article/1564132/book-review-lions-gate-steven-pressfield
  9. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Israel declares Gaza ceasefire over as 50 Palestinians die in renewed shelling

    Posted Aug 01st 2014, 09:54am by Reuters and AFP

    ... Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was the most ambitious attempt so far to end more than three weeks of fighting, and followed mounting international alarm over ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1564025/israel-palestinian-militant-groups-agree-72-hour-gaza-truce
  10. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Israeli army asks residents to leave Gaza City as attacks resume

    Posted Jul 29th 2014, 09:36pm by AFP

    ... to the north, south and east of Gaza City. Such warnings usually presage a military attack. It came as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon reinforced the Security Council's call for an immediate ... for the strike. Fighting had subsided in war-torn Gaza earlier yesterday at the start of the Muslim holiday of Eid ul-Fitr. Israeli military spokesman General Moti Almoz described the overnight calm ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1561354/israeli-army-asks-residents-leave-gaza-city-attacks-resume

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