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  1. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Islamic State beheading video authentic, says White House

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 01:59am by Associated Press

    ... Associated Press in Beirut The video purporting to show US journalist Steven Sotloff being executed is authentic, the White House said on Wednesday. “The US Intelligence Community has analysed the recently released video showing US citizen Steven Sotloff and has reached the judgment that it is  authentic,” said National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden. The video ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1584123/islamic-state-claims-have-beheaded-us-journalist-steven-sotloff
  2. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Syria opens door to US bombing of Islamists but White House to go it alone

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 09:57pm by AP

    ... and implement UN Security Council resolution 2170," Muallem said. But White House spokesman Josh Earnest rejected the call from Damascus. "There are no plans to coordinate with the Assad ... "caliphate" could become a launch pad for a new round of global terror attacks. While the White House says Obama has not approved military action inside Syria, additional intelligence on the militants ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1580906/syria-opens-door-us-bombing-islamists-white-house-go-it-alone
  3. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Donors pledge more than US$5 billion to rebuild Gaza but warn it is the last time they will pay

    Posted Oct 13th 2014, 10:46pm by WASHPOST

    ... "terrorists". The Palestinians say that 18,000 houses were destroyed in the bombing, rendering 100,000 people homeless. Gaza's population is 1.7 million. The United Nations reported that 40,000 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1615803/donors-pledge-more-us5-billion-rebuild-gaza-warn-it-last-time-they-will
  4. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Israel kills two Palestinians suspected of murdering three teenagers in June

    Posted Sep 24th 2014, 04:27am by AFP

    ... of fire" in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, the army said. The pair were hiding out in a Hebron house and killed when gunfire erupted during an operation by Israel's security services ... [people[and destroy houses". Palestinian security forces had known "nothing" about the whereabouts of the suspects, nor "how the Israeli army was able to enter this area", ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1599119/israel-kills-two-palestinians-suspected-murdering-three-teenagers-june
  5. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Gaza residents question when they can start rebuilding shattered homes

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 08:31pm by AFP

    ... of Gaza in ruins, reconstruction cannot come soon enough for thousands of homeless like Mohammed al-Najjar, a once-proud house owner whose family now huddles in a portable cabin. A new UN-brokered ... or severely damaged in the fighting in July and August. In total, an estimated 5 per cent of the territory's entire housing stock was left uninhabitable, according to UN figures. A donation ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1595446/gaza-residents-question-when-they-can-start-rebuilding-shattered-homes
  6. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Obama and US lawmakers turn up heat on Islamic State

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 12:57pm by Agence France-Presse in Washington

    ... and warning: “Our reach is long.” After Obama spoke at MacDill Air Force Base, the House of Representatives voted 273 to 156 to approve his plan to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels, a key part ... the Republican-dominated House. The overall bill shifts to the Senate, where leaders are confident it will pass on Thursday and head to the president for his signature. Expanded air strikes are already turning up ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1595312/obama-and-us-lawmakers-turn-heat-islamic-state
  7. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Islamic State releases new video of British hostage as US coalition takes shape

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 09:48am by Agence France-Presse in Washington

    ... plan, already passed by the House of Representatives, to arm rebels to take on IS in conjunction with air strikes the president has pledged to carry out inside Syria. Minutes after the vote, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1595864/obamas-coalition-takes-shape-france-joins-war-islamic-state
  8. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Islamic State has up to 31,500 fighters in Iraq and Syria: CIA

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 11:48am by Agence France-Presse in Washington

    ... House has insisted that President Barack Obama is authorised to strike IS in Iraq and Syria under a law passed by Congress after the September 11 attacks in 2001. However Obama learned ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1590754/islamic-state-has-31500-fighters-iraq-and-syria-cia
  9. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Barack Obama urges international response to Islamic State as UK and France weigh air strikes

    Posted Sep 04th 2014, 10:52am

    ... including a previous stint in Libya. Hours after the posting of the video, the White House announced that Obama had authorised about 350 more US troops to beef up security at US diplomatic ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1584956/barack-obama-calls-international-response-islamic-state-britain-and
  10. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Hamas pledges to 'redouble efforts' to rearm amid shaky Gaza peace

    Posted Aug 31st 2014, 06:02am by AFP

    ... to avoid all of that, 2,000 martyrs, 10,000 injured, 50,000 houses [damaged or destroyed]," Abbas told Palestine TV. He said Hamas had insisted on discussing demands before ending the war, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1582007/hamas-pledges-redouble-efforts-rearm-amid-shaky-gaza-peace

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