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  1. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Iraqi troops, volunteers mass to break two-month jihadist siege of minority town

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 09:24pm by AFP

    ... assistance to 700,000 people in Iraq since June. Meanwhile, The New York Times reported that Obama was "nearing a decision" on authorising strikes and aid drops in the Amerli area. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1581481/iraqi-troops-volunteers-mass-break-two-month-jihadist-siege-minority-town
  2. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

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

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

    ... Agence France-Presse in Gaza City Ceasefire is 'unconditional and unlimited in time', Israel says as 50-day war comes to a halt This time, gunfire in Gaza is to hail 'permanent' truce A cacophony of cheers, ululations and celebratory gunfire filled Gaza's streets, as elated residents welcomed news of a ceasefire ending a bloody 50-day war with Israel. ...

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

    Palestinians celebrate as long-term ceasefire begins in Gaza

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 10:35am

    ... Agence France-Presse in Gaza City Deal involves ‘permanent’ truce and end to Israel’s eight-year blockade of Gaza, in move hailed by Hamas as a ‘victory for the resistance’ Celebrations erupted in Gaza on Tuesday as a long-term ceasefire agreed by Israel and the Palestinians began, ending 50 days of the deadliest violence in a decade. The agreement, effective since 4pm GMT, ...

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

    Obama administration considers seeking congressional mandate to attack Islamic State

    Posted Aug 24th 2014, 06:20am by WASHPOST

    ... a senior administration official said. Congress last formally authorised such action in 2001, against al-Qaeda and its associates, and 2002, against Iraq under the rule of Saddam Hussein. The new ... Obama has ordered air strikes in Iraq under the first option, good for 60 days until early October. The second option was used to launch a failed attempt to rescue US hostages held ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1580151/obama-administration-considers-seeking-congressional-mandate-attack
  5. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Palestinian family of five, including toddlers, killed in Israel's 'deadliest air strike'

    Posted Aug 23rd 2014, 05:22pm by AFP

    ... nine Palestinians, five of them from the same family, as Egypt prepared to hold new truce talks. Eighty-six Palestinians and a four-year-old Israeli boy have been killed since Tuesday, when a previous round of Egyptian diplomacy collapsed, shattering nine days of calm. "Egypt is going to invite delegates to return to the negotiating table to consider a long-term truce," ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1580000/palestinian-family-five-including-toddlers-killed-israels-deadliest-air
  6. 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

    ... "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
  7. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Islamic State jihadists massacred 700 tribesmen in eastern Syria: activists

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 04:15am by AGENCIES

    ... 'massacred tribesmen in Syria' Islamic State (IS) militants were facing charges of a new massacre after a human rights monitoring group and activists alleged the group executed 700 members ... on the ground for its information. An activist in Deir-ez-Zor said 300 men had been executed in one day in the town of Ghraneij. Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said the fate of 1,800 other members ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1575549/islamic-state-jihadists-massacred-700-tribesmen-eastern-syria-activists
  8. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Israel and Hamas harden peace talks stances as Gaza truce deadline looms

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 09:59pm by AFP

    ... of a five-day ceasefire, although both sides appeared reluctant to return to the conflict that has destroyed large parts of the densely populated coastal strip. The month-long conflict has killed more ... in Gaza would be disarmed, while the Palestinians demanded an end to the blockade without pre-conditions. The five-day ceasefire was set to end early this morning but Ziad Nakhleh, head ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1576242/israel-and-hamas-harden-peace-talks-stances-gaza-truce-deadline-looms
  9. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Palestinians accept Egyptian plan for 72-hour truce in fighting with Israel

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 04:49am by AP

    ... and the Palestinians to commit to a new ceasefire that would start at 9pm GMT and be in effect for 72 hours. A previous three-day pause expired on Friday and fighting in a month-old war resumed. Palestinian ... in a temporary 72-hour ceasefire last Tuesday, during which Egypt had hoped to mediate a longer-term agreement. But when the three-day window expired, militants resumed their rocket fire, sparking new ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1570854/palestinians-accept-egyptian-plan-72-hour-truce-fighting-israel
  10. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Palestinian couple don’t let warget in the way of a wedding

    Posted Aug 14th 2014, 09:30pm by AFP

    ... on Wednesday. "If somebody told me that I would be getting married in these conditions, I would not have believed them for a second," said Heba, sitting in a salon in Gaza City the day before ... the opportunity to get out of the UN school in Beit Lahiya where she is staying with 4,000 refugees. "Over there, I will take a shower every hour, it will be a change from all these days without ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1573685/palestinian-couple-dont-let-warget-way-wedding

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