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Fatah militant killed in West Bank shootout: witnesses NABLUS: A Palestinian militant was shot dead early on Monday in an exchange of fire with Israeli troops in the northern West Bank, witnesses and a Palestinian security source said. Zacharia Akra, a 24-year-old militant allied to the Fatah movement of president Mahmud Abbas, was killed in a shoot out in Qabalan village some 10 kilometres (six miles) south of Nablus, they said. In the early hours of Monday morning, soldiers had surrounded the house where Akra was staying with this brother, provoking an exchange of fire in which he was killed, they said. The Israeli army confirmed the incident saying troops had gone to apprehend a man wanted for questioning in connection with a shooting incident against Israel troops two weeks ago. "The terrorist barricaded himself in his location despite repeated calls for him to turn himself in. Following gunfire from the suspect, the troops responded with lethal force," ...

Iraq PM to sue president, security forces deploy across Baghdad BAGHDAD: Iraq's prime minister said he would sue the president Monday in a desperate bid to cling to his job, deploying security forces across Baghdad even as violence raged in the north.A defiant Nuri al-Maliki made his shock announcement after three days of US strikes against militants in the north of Iraq and in spite of mounting calls for him to step aside."Today I will file a formal complaint to the federal court against the ...
New conflict likely unless Israel ends Gaza blockade: UN official GAZA CITY: A senior UN aid official warned Israel that a new conflict in Gaza is likely unless the Jewish state lifts a crippling blockade on the tiny Palestinian enclave.James Rawley, the top UN humanitarian official for the Palestinian territories, told AFP in an interview that the international community had failed during more than a month of fighting between Israel and Hamas, which has killed more than 1,930 Palestinians and 67 people on the Israeli ...
Maliki says filing complaint against president BAGHDAD: Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced on Monday on state television he intended to file a complaint against President Fuad Masum for violating the constitution."Today I will file a formal complaint to the federal court against the president," he said, in a surprise address at midnight (2100 GMT on Sunday).Maliki, who has been under huge pressure to give up his bid for a third term, alleged that newly-elected Masum had violated the constitution twice, ...
Israel, Palestinians accept midnight truce in Gaza GAZA CITY: Israel and the Palestinians agreed to a fresh 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza on Sunday, accepting an Egyptian invitation to resume talks to end fighting that has killed more than 2,000 people.The ceasefire deal, which was to come into effect at one minute past midnight (2101 GMT on Sunday), clinched days of frantic mediation to stem a firestorm of violence that resumed after an earlier truce collapsed on Friday. "Israel has accepted the Egyptian ...
Durable truce must lead to lifting Gaza blockade: Hamas DOHA: A lasting truce must lead to the lifting by Israel of its blockade of the Gaza Strip, Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal told AFP in an exclusive interview in Doha on Sunday.The 72-hour ceasefire Hamas reached with Israel on Sunday "is one of the ways or tactics to ensure successful negotiations or to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza," said Meshaal. The final "goal we insist on is having the demands of Palestinians ...
US planes, drones conduct more air-strikes in Iraq WASHINGTON: US forces on Saturday launched more air-strikes in northern Iraq to defend attacks on Yazidi civilians, the Pentagon said, on the second day of its military campaign.President Barack Obama had announced this week he had authorized US air strikes in part to help break the siege of Mount Sinjar, where fighters from the so-called Islamic State forces have cornered and reportedly threatened to kill thousands of civilian refugees from the Yazidi religious minority.The first ...


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