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  1. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    President of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region calls for independence

    Posted Jul 04th 2014, 01:10am by AGENCIES

    ... Agencies in Arbil, Iraq As sectarian insurgency threatens to split the nation, referendum sought Leader of Iraqi Kurds pushes independence Massud Barzani, the president of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region, asked its parliament yesterday to start organising a referendum on the long-held dream of independence. The United States has urged the Kurds to stand with Baghdad as Iraq ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1546179/president-iraqs-autonomous-kurdish-region-calls-independence
  2. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Netanyahu vows to ramp up Israeli campaign against Hamas in Gaza

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 04:57pm by AP, Reuters, GUARDIAN

    ... raids Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday vowed to ramp up a campaign against Gaza militants which has so far claimed 43 Palestinian lives. "We have decided to further ... "The operation against Hamas will expand in the coming days, and the price the organisation will pay will be very high," Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said. Since the offensive began ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1550370/hamas-rockets-land-deep-israel-it-bombards-gaza-strip
  3. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Heavy toll of Gaza ground invasion tests resolve of Israeli public

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 11:10pm by AP

    ... to finish the operation. If we stop now before reaching our goals, the soldiers will have died in vain." The Haaretz newspaper warned against mission creep and the "wholesale killing" ... ratcheted up attempts to carry out deadly attacks against Israeli border communities through tunnels dug underneath the fence separating Israel from Gaza. For Israelis, that raised a terrifying ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1557340/heavy-toll-gaza-ground-invasion-tests-resolve-israeli-public
  4. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Shijaiyah district bears full impact of Israel's deadly bombardment of Gaza

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 10:02pm by WASHPOST

    ... of Hamas' tunnels were that long. He added that the militants were fighting back fiercely. Sami Abu Zohri, a Hamas spokesman, called the Israeli offensive in Shijaiyah "a massacre against ... "The number of children, the number of women. This is against life. This is inhumane." In Gaza City, evacuees who arrived from Shijaiyah were being allowed to shelter in the lobbies ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1557028/shijaiyah-district-bears-full-impact-israels-deadly-bombardment-gaza
  5. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    At least 97 Palestinians killed in Israeli offensive as thousands flee Gaza homes

    Posted Jul 20th 2014, 02:48pm by AFP

    ... an offensive against Palestinian militants. "Gaza and its vicinity are a battleground. Covering the hostilities exposes journalists to life-threatening danger," a Government Press Office ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1556721/israeli-bulldozers-destroy-hamas-tunnels-tank-fire-intensifies-and-more
  6. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Children a fifth of Gaza dead in Israeli bombardment, with nowhere to hide

    Posted Jul 20th 2014, 06:35am by AP

    ... Associated Press in Beit Lahiya Bombardment takes its toll on young Palestinians despite the Israeli military saying it is trying to spare civilians in attacks on Hamas targets One in five Gaza Strip dead are children Sobbing and shaking, Ismail Abu Musallam leaned against the wall of a hospital, waiting for three of his children to be prepared for burial. They were killed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1556648/children-fifth-gaza-dead-israeli-bombardment-nowhere-hide
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    Thousands rally in Britain and France to denounce Israeli attacks on Gaza

    Posted Jul 20th 2014, 06:35am by AFP

    ... order" following violence after similar marches, applied only to Paris. Thousands turned out in several other French cities for authorised demonstrations against the ongoing Israeli offensive ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1556653/thousands-rally-britain-and-france-denounce-israeli-attacks-gaza
  8. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Israel orders ground offensive in Gaza; heavy shelling on border

    Posted Jul 18th 2014, 04:13am by Reuters

    ... and four tunnels, have been attacked, said the military. The land advance followed 10 days of barrages against Gaza from air and sea, hundreds of rockets fired by Hamas into Israel and failed Egyptian attempts to secure a ceasefire. Watch: Israel begins Gaza ground assault Rocket salvoes, many of them intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile shield system, continued yesterday against ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1555947/israeli-begins-ground-offensive-gaza
  9. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Israel warns 100,000 Gazans to flee their homes as air campaign intensifies

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 05:31pm by AFP

    ... the military said. Flyers warn Gazans The flyers said the military would be carrying out “aerial strikes against terror sites and operatives” in Zeitun and Shejaiya, two flashpoint districts east ... resolved diplomatically... but Hamas leaves us no choice but to expand and intensify the campaign against it,” Netanyahu said Tuesday after Hamas snubbed Egyptian truce efforts. However, Mussa Abu ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1555375/israel-warns-100000-gazans-flee-their-homes-air-campaign-intensifies
  10. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Hamas fires more rockets from Gaza after Israel accepts ceasefire deal

    Posted Jul 15th 2014, 05:10pm by AFP

    ... Kerry was due in Cairo to discuss an end to the hostilities, and after Washington warned Israel against a ground invasion of Gaza. Watch: The battle between Israel and Hamas militants continues ... itself against Hamas rocket attacks. "We are encouraged that Egypt has made a proposal to accomplish this goal that we hope can restore the calm that we are seeking," Obama said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1554810/gaza-rocket-fire-persists-after-israel-agrees-ceasefire

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