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  1. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    US rebukes Israel for ‘biggest West Bank land grab in 30 years’

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 10:44pm by Reuters and Agence France-Presse

    ... the biggest in 30 years, drawing Palestinian condemnation and a US rebuke. Some 400 hectares in the Etzion settlement bloc near Bethlehem were declared "state land, on the instructions ... into a permanent settlement. Construction of a major settlement at the location, known as "Gevaot", has been mooted by Israel since 2000. Last year, the government invited bids for the building ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1583139/us-rebukes-israel-biggest-west-bank-land-grab-30-years
  2. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    40 Filipino peacekeepers perform 'greatest escape' in Golan Heights

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 04:44am by AFP

    ... Benigno Aquino's spokesman, Herminio Coloma, issued a statement thanking the UN force as well as Syria, Israel, Qatar and the United States for their assistance in the crisis. "It ... a mortar to shell their positions, Ancan said. The troops later walked to safety to a UN position just over 2km away. The UN said the 40 Filipino peacekeepers withdrew shortly after midnight ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1582362/40-filipino-peacekeepers-perform-greatest-escapein-golan-heights
  3. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

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

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

    ... had struggled with for years: Who are you? Why are you here? In fact, Yukawa, 42, had first travelled to Aleppo four months earlier on what amounted to a hardship course in self-discovery, according to people who know him and his account. Changes in Yukawa's life in suburban Tokyo had been fast and disorienting. Over the past decade, he had lost his wife to lung cancer, lost ...

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

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

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

    ... to rebuild their lives after a bloody and destructive 50-day war, the deadliest for years. However, the chances of long-term peace hung in the balance after Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal ruled out ... which served to prolong the violence needlessly. Abbas, whose Palestinian Authority formed a unity government backed by Hamas earlier this year, questioned the future of the truce arrangement. ...

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

    ... 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 ... Rights said foreign drones were seen over the eastern province of Deir Ezzor on Monday. One US official said the surveillance flights were an important avenue for obtaining the reliable ...

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

    Israel declares Gaza ceasefire over as 50 Palestinians die in renewed shelling

    Posted Aug 01st 2014, 09:54am by Reuters and AFP

    ... pushed into the territory of 1.8 million on July 17. Gaza officials say at least 1,509 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed and 7,000 wounded. Sixty-three Israeli soldiers have been ... Agencies in Gaza Gaza ministry says 50 killed by Israeli shelling; Israel says militants attacked its troops 90 minutes after truce began Israel declared a Gaza ceasefire over on Friday ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1564025/israel-palestinian-militant-groups-agree-72-hour-gaza-truce
  7. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Video shows captured Syrian soldiers executed by Islamic State

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

    ... of Syria, mostly areas in the north and east of the country. The United States has launched air strikes on the same group over the border in Iraq and is considering doing the same in Syria. ... to other rebels, who seized control of the Syrian side of the sole crossing over the armistice line to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, a monitoring group said. The takeover of the Quneitra ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1581481/video-shows-captured-syrian-soldiers-executed-islamic-state
  8. 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 ... of violence that has seen a quarter of the territory’s 1.8 million people flee their homes. “Thank God the war is ended. I can’t believe I’m still alive with my kids!” 32-year-old Maha Khaled said. ...

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

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

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

    ... Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. The chief Palestinian truce negotiator, Azzam al-Ahmed, said the deal involved a "permanent ceasefire" and easing Israel's eight-year blockade of Gaza, in a move ...

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

    Yazidis 'massacred' by jihadists in northern Iraq village: reports

    Posted Aug 16th 2014, 08:15pm by AP

    ... Britain's Ministry of Defence said it had deployed a spy plane over northern Iraq to monitor the humanitarian crisis and movements of Islamic State militants. Two British planes also landed in Arbil ... the bodies, finishing off any who appeared to still be alive with their pistols, the 42-year-old man said by phone from an area where he was hiding out. "They thought we were dead, and when ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1575028/new-air-strikes-pound-iraq-after-yazidis-massacred-jihadists

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