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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

    ... Reuters and Agence France-Presse in Jerusalem Israel plans West Bank land grab Israel has announced a land appropriation in the occupied West Bank that an anti-settlement group termed 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1583139/us-rebukes-israel-biggest-west-bank-land-grab-30-years
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    Iraqi forces press the advantage after breaking Jihadist siege of Shiite town

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 10:19pm by AFP

    ... by breaking the 11-week siege of a Shiite town. The breakthrough to the town of Amerli is the biggest success for the Iraqi government since Islamic State militants overran much of the Sunni Arab ... harsh retribution elsewhere. Iraqi forces kept the momentum of their advance, with Kurdish peshmerga fighters and Shiite militiamen retaking Sulaiman Bek, a town north of Amerli that had been ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1583140/iraqi-forces-press-advantage-after-breaking-jihadist-siege-shiite-town
  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

    ... this year, he planned to head to Somalia "where the danger factor will be amped up". "He felt his life had reached its limit," said Yukawa's father, Shoichi, 74. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1581991/haruna-yukawas-strange-path-being-hostage-islamic-state
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    Syria opens door to US bombing of Islamists but White House to go it alone

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 09:57pm by AP

    ... and implement UN Security Council resolution 2170," Muallem said. But White House spokesman Josh Earnest rejected the call from Damascus. "There are no plans to coordinate with the Assad ...

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

    Obama administration considers seeking congressional mandate to attack Islamic State

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

    ... The administration believes that it provides international legal justification for military action under self-defence doctrines. While contingency plans for broader air strikes in Syria have been prepared ...

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

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

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

    ... taking place in Cairo through Egyptian mediators in an effort to end to the war and draw up a plan for Gaza's future. On Sunday, Palestinian and Israeli delegations resumed the talks ... issues, Norway's foreign minister said yesterday that his country and Egypt were planning to co-host a donor conference in Cairo for the reconstruction of Gaza. Boerge Brende said invitations ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1576242/israel-and-hamas-harden-peace-talks-stances-gaza-truce-deadline-looms
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    Islamic State jihadists massacred 700 tribesmen in eastern Syria: activists

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

    ... against Islamic State, which overran nearly a dozen towns and villages in Aleppo province last week. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Islamic State jihadists had carried out ... 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
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    Yazidis 'massacred' by jihadists in northern Iraq village: reports

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

    ... State earlier this month captured the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar, near the Syrian border. The plight of the Yazidis, tens of thousands of whom were stranded on a desert mountaintop for days, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1575028/new-air-strikes-pound-iraq-after-yazidis-massacred-jihadists
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    About 10,000 Israeli protesters demand end to Gaza rocket attacks

    Posted Aug 15th 2014, 10:31pm by Reuters

    ... halt rocket and mortar fire at southern towns bordering the Palestinian coastal territory. Many demonstrators who travelled in by bus on Thursday from parts of Israel hardest hit by rocket ... Gaza border towns, as he stood on a podium in Tel Aviv's main city square. "We fear the agreements that may result in compromise at our expense; our lives are not cheap, we're ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1574424/about-10000-israeli-protesters-demand-end-gaza-rocket-attacks
  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

    ... the wedding, a hairdresser darting around as she rearranged her long, brown hair. "I had planned everything: the music, the guest list, my dress and my bouquet. And here I am today, I'm ... But then the war came, laying waste to their plans. Heba's family home was destroyed along with the items they bought for married life: dresses, accessories, flowers, everything went up in smoke when ...

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

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