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Two Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza fighting: army  JERUSALEM: Two Israeli soldiers were killed in Gaza fighting on Friday, taking the total number of military deaths since the start of ground operations there to 37."Yesterday evening two Israel Defence Forces soldiers were killed in combat in the Gaza Strip," an army statement said.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

Hezbollah chief makes rare public appearance for Gaza BEIRUT: Lebanese Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah made a rare public appearance on Friday to express solidarity with Gaza on the annual Iran-led Jerusalem Day commemoration, an AFP correspondent reported.It was only the fifth public appearance by the head of the militant group, who has topped Israel's wanted list since even before their deadly conflict in 2006.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Militants kill at least 50 Syria troops in ambush: monitor BEIRUT: Militants from the Islamic State group killed at least 50 Syrian soldiers in an ambush on Friday, summarily executing most of them after their capture, a monitoring group said.The assault in Raqa province, the militants Euphrates valley stronghold, came amid their fiercest assault yet on Damascus-held territory.The deaths added to 74 already killed in the offensive across the north and northeast, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said."At least 50 soldiers were ambushed, some ...
Israel soldier killed in Gaza, losses at 33: army JERUSALEM: An Israeli soldier was killed in Gaza on Friday, taking the army's losses in the 18-day operation against foe Hamas to 33, a statement said.The army named the dead soldier as reservist Yair Ashkenazy, 36, adding that he "was killed earlier today during operational activity in the northern Gaza Strip."The army said that 33 soldiers and officers have now been killed in Gaza since the launch of its offensive on July 8. Copyright AFP ...
US congratulates Iraq on electing new president WASHINGTON: The United States on Thursday threw its weight behind the newly elected president of Iraq, Fuad Masum, and urged him to form a "cohesive government" to help fight militants."By taking this crucial step, the Council of Representatives has demonstrated its commitment to uniting the country according to the constitution," deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said, offering Washington's congratulations on Masum's election."Iraq's leaders now must take the next step in their democratic process by ...
US lifts Israel flight ban as Kerry cites truce 'progress' JERUSALEM: US airlines lifted a flight ban to Israel Thursday as Washington's top diplomat cited progress in ending 17 days of bloodshed in Gaza which has killed 718 Palestinians. The ban was lifted just hours after US Secretary of State John Kerry wrapped up talks in Jerusalem and Ramallah and returned to Cairo to continue pushing regional efforts to ink a ceasefire. Hamas had hailed the suspension of Tel Aviv flights by US and European ...
Kerry says made 'some steps forward' in ending Gaza conflict JERUSALEM: US Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that diplomacy to end the Gaza bloodshed has made progress, but warned more time was needed."We have certainly made some steps forward, but there is still work to be done," Kerry said in Jerusalem as he met UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...


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