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    Fiji retracts claim over release of captured peacekeepers in Golan Heights

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 09:29pm by Reuters

    ... spokeswoman said, without giving any numbers. A witness said that after the peacekeepers crossed over, they were driven away in a convoy of United Nations minibuses. Al-Nusra initially said it held ... three-year civil war reached the frontier with Israeli-controlled territory last month when Islamist fighters overran a crossing along the ceasefire line that has separated Israelis from Syrians ...

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    Gaza residents question when they can start rebuilding shattered homes

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 08:31pm by AFP

    ... deal has set the stage for private companies to help rebuild after a seven-week conflict that left 100,000 people with nowhere to live. Israel's eight-year blockade of Gaza has meant ... permanent," 60-year-old Najjar sighed. "I'm scared that the blockade will never be lifted, and the Israelis won't let any construction material in," he said after fighting which ...

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    Obama and US lawmakers turn up heat on Islamic State

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 12:57pm by Agence France-Presse in Washington

    ... but the mission has taken its aircraft close to the skies over Baghdad in recent days for the first time. Meanwhile Western governments are facing an uphill battle trying to squeeze the finances ...

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    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 ...

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

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

    ... of the most high-profile expressions of conscientious objection in years. The signatories- reservists and former members of Unit 8200- said the intelligence collected by the unit "was an integral ...

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    Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei undergoes prostate surgery

    Posted Sep 08th 2014, 03:43pm

    ... such as power generation and cancer treatment. Khamenei has backed Iran’s new President Hassan Rowhani, who took office in August last year, and Rowhani’s efforts to stabilise the national currency and halt inflation. But the government has a long way to go to deliver on promises of economic growth. Khamenei earlier this year said the priority for Iranians is to make their economy immune ...

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    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 ...

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    Israel puts cost of its Gaza offensive at US$2.5b

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 10:57pm by AFP

    ... an economic conference in Tel Aviv on Tuesday. "We attacked over 6,000 targets, more than 5,000 of them by the air force, about 900 from land and sea," he said referring to tank, artillery ... this year's budget for every government ministry- other than defence. More than 2,100 Palestinians were killed in Israel's bombardment of the narrow coastal territory, nearly 70 per cent of them ...

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    Islamic State beheading video authentic, says White House

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 01:59am by Associated Press

    ... of the Islamic State group by name, Shirley Sotloff said in a video that her son was “an innocent journalist” who shouldn’t pay for US government actions in the Middle East over which he has no control. ...

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    Barack Obama urges international response to Islamic State as UK and France weigh air strikes

    Posted Sep 04th 2014, 10:52am

    ... with international law” to fight against IS, the presidency said. Obama pledged that justice would be done to the killers of 31-year-old reporter Steven Sotloff, wherever they hid and however long it took. ... reconnaissance flights in support of the US air campaign from its base in Cyprus. Sotloff’s family paid tribute to the 31-year-old reporter, remembering a gentle soul with a fondness for junk food ...




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