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Hamas 'brought Israel to its knees': Iran TEHRAN: Iran said on Wednesday that Palestinian fighters had emerged the victors and brought their Israeli foe "to its knees" during the bloody 50-day Gaza conflict. "The heroic Palestinian people have forged a new era with the victory of the resistance which has brought the Zionist regime to its knees," the foreign ministry said in a statement."This victory prepares the way for the final liberation of all the occupied lands especially Quds (Jerusalem)," it said.After seven weeks of the deadliest Israeli-Palestinian violence in a decade, a long-term ceasefire took hold at 1600 GMT on Tuesday, sparking festivities around the Gaza Strip.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

Israel accepts Egyptian proposal for Gaza ceasefire: official JERUSALEM: Israel has accepted an Egyptian proposal for a Gaza ceasefire, a senior Israeli official said on Tuesday."Israel has accepted an Egyptian proposal for a complete and unlimited-in-time ceasefire. Israel accepted already the Egyptian proposal on July 15. Israel has always supported an unconditional, open-ended ceasefire," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Sirens sound in Israel after Gaza ceasefire JERUSALEM: Sirens warning of rocket attacks continued to sound in southern Israel on Tuesday after a Gaza ceasefire was due to take effect, and an Israeli military spokeswoman said the army was checking whether any rockets had landed in Israel.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Top Iran official visits Saudi Arabia TEHRAN: A senior Iranian official is in Saudi Arabia to try to repair strained relations between the two Gulf countries, Iranian media reported on Tuesday.Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian flew to the desert kingdom on Monday to meet Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal and discuss "matters of common interest", the reports said.No further information was immediately available about the trip, the first by a high-level official since Hassan Rouhani became the Islamic republic's president in ...
Qatar aims to prove its role against radical  DUBAI: Qatar, which mediated the release of a US hostage held by Al-Qaeda in Syria, seeks to prove its role in confronting the Islamist radicals it has been accused of supporting, experts say.The Qatari foreign ministry, in a statement, said the tiny gas-rich nation had "succeeded in releasing American journalist Peter Theo Curtis," after he spent 22 months in captivity.Doha "exerted relentless efforts" to obtain the release of the freelance journalist held by Al-Nusra Front ...
Bombings shut down Zain Iraq network in Kirkuk DUBAI: A spate of deadly bombings that struck Kirkuk in northern Iraq at the weekend has damaged and temporarily shut down telecoms operator Zain Iraq's network in the province, a company source told Reuters on Monday.Three bombings that appeared to target Kurdish forces killed 18 people in the city of Kirkuk, 250km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, on Saturday.These attacks also damaged part of Zain Iraq's network, the source said. "There is a currently a ...
Iraqi Kurds advance on militants KIRKUK: Iraqi Kurdish forces backed by air power retook three villages from militants northeast of Baghdad on Monday and also held off two assaults elsewhere, officials said.Militants led by the Islamic State (IS) group overran large chunks of Iraq during a lightning offensive in June that swept security forces aside.But Iraqi federal forces and the autonomous Kurdish region's peshmerga fighters are now fighting to regain ground from the militants on multiple fronts.On Monday, Kurdish forces ...


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