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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

    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
  3. 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
  4. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Video shows captured Syrian soldiers executed by Islamic State

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

    ... by the militants yesterday, and the world body was working to secure their release, the United Nations said. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1581481/video-shows-captured-syrian-soldiers-executed-islamic-state
  5. 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

    ... Agencies in Washington and Damascus Damascus says its ready to work with Washington to fight Islamist 'terrorism' within its borders Syria opens door on u.s. air strikes Syria said it was ready to work with the United States to fight "terrorism" as US President Barack Obama approved surveillance flights over the nation, a move that could pave the way ...

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

    Five-hour ceasefire between Israel and Gaza holds, may lead to more

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 09:50am by Agence France-Presse in Gaza City

    ... was slated to start this morning. The Israeli military said a rocket struck Ashkelon at precisely 3pm, when the five-hour pause in military activity officially ended. The truce was called for by the United Nations to allow civilians to resupply provisions. Witnesses said Israeli warplanes struck an open area in northern Gaza in the first airstrike since the end of a fragile five-hour truce. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1555534/israel-hamas-agree-five-hour-gaza-humanitarian-aid-truce
  7. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Chief Palestinian delegate accuses Israelis of stalling in truce talks

    Posted Aug 19th 2014, 08:48pm by Reuters

    ... at Egyptian-brokered talks to extend an expiring truce by 24 hours, Azzam al-Ahmad, senior leader of President Mahmoud Abbas' mainstream Fatah movement, said in Cairo that there had been "no progress on any point" in talks aimed at resolving the conflict. "We hope that every minute of the coming 24 hours will be used to reach an agreement, and if not, the circle of violence ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1577018/chief-palestinian-delegate-accuses-israelis-stalling-truce-talks
  8. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Islamic State jihadists massacred 700 tribesmen in eastern Syria: activists

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

    ... in and around Marea," he said. At a news conference in Gaziantep in southeast Turkey, the leader of the Syrian National Coalition, Hadi al-Bahra, accused the West of double standards. "In ... Kurdistan," he said. "The causes are the same, the enemy is the same and double standards should not apply," said the leader of the exiled opposition group. The Marea battle comes after ...

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

    Israeli negotiators arrive in Egypt for talks as Gaza truce holds

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 11:04pm by AFP

    ... 72-hour truce brokered by Egypt appeared to be holding. The Israeli military said one rocket was launched at the Tel Aviv area before the ceasefire went into effect and may have landed in the sea. ... "both sides to exploit this truce to resume indirect negotiations immediately and work towards a comprehensive and lasting ceasefire agreement". In Gaza, shops began to open and traffic ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1571609/israeli-negotiators-arrive-egypt-talks-gaza-truce-holds
  10. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

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

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

    ... The Palestinian delegation was in a meeting in the early hours of yesterday over it but the outcome was not known. In a possible move to pressure Hamas to soften its positions on the blockade and related ...

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

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