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  1. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    All turns quiet on the Gaza front as 72-hour ceasefire comes into effect

    Posted Aug 05th 2014, 04:34pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Jerusalem Israel pulls out its ground forces as 72-hour ceasefire comes into effect and army announces the end of its operation to destroy Hamas tunnels All turns quiet on the Gaza front Gaza fell silent yesterday after a month of intense combat, as a 72-hour truce accepted by Israel and Hamas came into effect and the last Israeli troops left the battered ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1566987/israeli-troops-withdraw-gaza-72-hour-truce-begins
  2. 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

    ... Obama appeared on television, keen to claim a swift victory for his strategy, as polls show Americans support striking IS but are not sure that it will work. “I want to thank leaders in Congress ...

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

    Veterans of Israel's elite Unit 8200 denounce its conscientious objectors

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 09:58pm by AFP

    ... part of Israel's military occupation", and that they would refuse to continue to serve. They charged that information gathered by the unit- which does work similar to that done ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1593294/veterans-israels-elite-unit-8200-denounce-its-conscientious-objectors
  4. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

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

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

    ... Associated Press in Cairo Egyptian proposal for a new 72-hour ceasefire hopes to push the warring sides towards a long-term peace agreement for the Gaza Strip New truce agreed by Hamas, ... 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 ...

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

    Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei undergoes prostate surgery

    Posted Sep 08th 2014, 03:43pm

    ... medical condition. Head of Khamenei’s medical team, Dr Ali Reza Marandi, told state television that the procedure took less than half an hour and was performed under local anaesthesia. He said ... nuclear agency is trying to investigate allegations that Iran secretly worked on nuclear weapons – something Tehran denies, insisting its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes only, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1587850/irans-supreme-leader-ayatollah-khamenei-undergoes-prostate-surgery
  6. 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

    ... of the September 11 attacks in 2001 – a day that fell, in a trace of bitter irony, only hours after Obama’s remarks steeling Americans for a battle against Muslim fanaticism in the Middle East.   ...

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

    Blast kills nearly all the leaders of Syrian rebel group Ahrar al-Sham

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 09:35pm by MCT

    ... the explosion itself were few. He said that most of the bodies had already been buried hours after the explosion, though a few were still waiting to be claimed by relatives. Idilbi said the meeting ... those receiving US aid. The decision to join the coalition, whose formation was announced hours after the explosion, would have been a major change for the group. The explosion could mean ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1589483/blast-kills-nearly-all-leaders-syrian-rebel-group-ahrar-al-sham
  8. 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

    ... was working to forge a global coalition to fight the “medieval savagery” of Islamic militants terrorising a swathe of Syria and Iraq. IS on Tuesday posted video footage on the internet of Sotloff’s ... 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
  9. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Dozens of bodies found in Gaza during 12-hour truce raising death toll to at least 985

    Posted Jul 26th 2014, 04:08pm by Agence France-Presse in Gaza City

    ... Israel and Hamas to extend. More than halfway into a 12-hour ceasefire that began early on Saturday, medics said 85 bodies had been retrieved from buildings ground into rubble across the Gaza ... their homes destroyed. Hamas and Israel agreed to the “humanitarian window” in the early hours of Saturday morning, after a US proposal for a seven-day truce during which the two sides would negotiate ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1559792/fragile-12-hour-truce-enters-force-gaza-death-toll-rises-least-891
  10. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Haruna Yukawa's strange path to being a hostage of Islamic State

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

    ... as a self-styled security consultant, according to his Facebook page and blog posts, though he never did any work as a consultant. He borrowed money to travel to Syria and dreamed of providing security ... to the Middle East, first to Iraq with Goto in June to observe the veteran reporter and learn how to work in a conflict zone and then to Syria again in late July after travelling through Turkey. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1581991/haruna-yukawas-strange-path-being-hostage-islamic-state

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