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Message to America
2014.08.21 03:03:48

A video released by the Islamic State group titled a "Message to America" showed the decapitation of US journalist James Foley. The video has since been removed from YouTube for violating its policy on depicting graphic violence.

However at the end of the video, the Islamic State fighter, who spoke in English with a British accent, also threatened to kill another man, believed to be US journalist Steven Joel Sotloff.

Sotloff is a freelance journalist who had reported on Egypt, Syria and Libya for TIME, the Christian Science Monitor, the National Interest and Foreign Policy. He went missing on August 4, 2013 while on assignment near Aleppo, Syria.

"The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision," the IS member said.

The man believed to be Sotloff is alive in the video, and seemingly unharmed. It is unclear what deadline IS has made for its threat.



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US journalist James Foley
2014.08.21 03:00:00

The Islamic State group says it has beheaded US journalist James Foley in revenge for US air strikes in Iraq. Our latest story:

IS group says beheads US journalist Islamic

State group says acted in revenge for US strikes against it in Iraq and threatens to kill another US journalist.



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Ukraine bans Russian TV channels for airing war 'propaganda'
2014.08.21 02:56:59

The Interior Ministry has banned the fourteen channels - including news channels Russia Today and Life News - for "broadcasting propaganda of war and violence," ministry official Anton Gerashchenko said in a Facebook post.

"As an independent sovereign state, Ukraine can and should protect its media space from aggression from Russia, which has been deliberately inciting hatred and discord among Ukrainian citizens."

Anton Gerashchenko

Gerashchenko said the move follows a similar step by Russia in March, when it turned off Ukrainian channels in Crimea.

"What's more, not one Ukrainian channel is broadcast on cable networks in Russia," he said.



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Israeli cabinet minister justified the air strike on Gaza
2014.08.21 02:46:33

An Israeli cabinet minister justified an air strike on Gaza that killed the wife and child of Hamas armed wing leader Mohammed Deif, saying that he was a legitimate target.

Mohamed Deif deserves to die just like (Osama) bin Laden. He is an arch murderer and as long as we have an opportunity we will try to kill him.

Interior Minister Gideon Saar told army radio.

He said he could not confirm whether the head of Hamas's armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, had been killed during the air strike late Tuesday in Gaza City.



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Rockets at Ben Gurion airport
2014.08.20 05:47:58

The Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, has said it fired rockets at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv. That is an explicit confirmation that Hamas is involved in the latest round of violence, and probably signals the end of peace talks in Cairo.



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Rocket fire from Gaza near Tel Aviv
2014.08.20 05:47:04

The Israeli army has reported more rocket fire from Gaza, this time near Tel Aviv.

Israel says there were no injuries in the Tel Aviv attack.



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Palestinians killed and injured in Gaza
2014.08.20 05:45:32

TheĀ http://gazadeathtoll.org/ website has updated its figures for Palestinians killed and injured in Gaza. They are:

  • 2,019 dead, including 542 children and 251 women
  • 10,223 wounded, including 3,486 children and 1,970 women


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Concealed rocket launcher
2014.08.20 05:43:15

This video shows an Israeli attack on a "concealed rocket launcher" in Gaza tonight.



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One toddler killed and 15 injured
2014.08.20 03:25:22

An update by the health ministry in Gaza: One toddler killed and 15 injured in air strike in Sheikh Radwan district in Gaza.



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Rockets from Gaza have hit Ashkelon regional council
2014.08.20 03:24:33

The Israeli army says rockets from Gaza have hit Ashkelon regional council, and that 10 rockets have been fired at Israel since ceasefire talks broke down.



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Ukrainian government troops
2014.08.20 03:04:25

Ukrainian government troops were fighting pro-Russian rebels in the streets of Luhansk on Tuesday and captured most of a town near the eastern city of Donetsk, tightening the noose around that key rebel-held stronghold, Ukrainian officials said.

One soldier was killed and four wounded when a volunteer battalion came under mortar fire before entering the town of Ilovaysk, 18 kilometers (11 miles) east of Donetsk, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said in a Facebook posting.

Among the wounded was the commander of the Donbass battalion, Semyon Semenchenko, who said government soldiers had destroyed three rebel checkpoints and four firing positions and that fighting continues.

Government efforts to quell the separatists have focused on encircling Donetsk, the largest rebel-controlled city in eastern Ukraine.

[AP]



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Russia tests surface-to-air missiles
2014.08.20 03:02:57

Russia on Tuesday has tested surface-to-air missiles during army exercises in the southern Russian province of Astrakhan, a defense ministry spokesman was quoted as saying, in a move to show its military might as fighting rages in neighboring Ukraine.

"Three armed regiments carried out test fires of S-400

'Triumph' and S-300 'Favorit' surface-to-air missiles," defense ministry spokesman Igor Klimov told the RIA state news agency.

About 800 people and more than 200 pieces of hardware were involved in the exercises, he said.

[Reuters]



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Remains of Malaysian MH17 victims to be flown home
2014.08.20 03:01:38

The remains of at least 15 Malaysians killed when a jetliner was shot down over Ukraine will be returned to their home country this week, the first Malaysian victims of the disaster to be flown home, the country's defense minister said on Tuesday.



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US blames Hamas
2014.08.20 03:00:36

The US has blamed rocket fire from Gaza for a breakdown in indirect talks between Israel and Palestinian authorities on a durable ceasefire, and said Hamas bore responsibility.

"Hamas has security responsibility for Gaza... Rocket fire came from Gaza," said Marie Harf, a State Department spokeswoman.



Tags: Gaza | Israel | Hamas | United States

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Volunteer soldier killed in mortar fire
2014.08.20 02:59:05

Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has said in a Facebook post that one soldier was killed and four wounded when a volunteer battalion came under mortar fire before entering the town of Ilovaysk, 18 kilometers (11 miles) east of Donetsk.

Among the wounded is the commander of the Donbass battalion, Semyon Semenchenko, who said government soldiers destroyed three rebel checkpoints and four firing positions, and that fighting continues.



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From the AFP news agency
2014.08.20 02:58:13

A senior Hamas official said the chances of a durable ceasefire in Gaza were "evaporating" and that there had been no progress in indirect negotiations with Israel.

The official, Ezzat al-Rishq, is among a Palestinian delegation in Cairo where Egyptian mediators are racing to bridge the gaps ahead of the expiration of a temporary ceasefire at midnight.

"There is no progress in the negotiations. Chances of an agreement are evaporating, and we hold the Zionist occupation fully responsible for that," Rishq wrote on Twitter.



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More fighting reported in Luhansk
2014.08.20 02:57:04

The Ukraine military said fighting is still going on the center of the town, but that one district had been taken back by the army.

Pro-Russia groups have held the town since April.

More soon.



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Rocket alarms in Netivot and Moatza Ezorit
2014.08.20 02:56:02

Rocket alarms sounded a short time ago in Netivot and Moatza Ezorit, two communities along the border with Gaza. The Israeli military said that two rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome system over Netivot.



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Ukrainian government troops inch closer to rebel city
2014.08.20 02:55:01

Ukrainian officials and military commanders say the government has captured swathes of another town near the key rebel-held stronghold of Luhansk.



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Hezbollah have killed a top jihadist
2014.08.20 02:53:43

Fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah have killed a top jihadist from the Islamic State group in Syria who allegedly planned bloody attacks in Lebanon, a monitoring group said on Tuesday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Hezbollah fighters had killed Abu Abdullah al-Iraqi in the Qalamun region in Syria, near the border with
Lebanon.

He "was one of the officials in the Islamic State in charge of preparing suicide attacks", the group said.

"He was killed by a roadside bomb planted by Hezbollah that detonated as his vehicle passed by," the NGO added, saying three other jihadists were also killed in the blast.

Hezbollah's Al-Manar television station meanwhile reported Iraqi's death, but said he had been killed by the Syrian army.

"The Islamic State official Abu Abdullah al-Iraqi has been killed in a Syrian army operation in Qalamun," al-Manar said.

"He was in charge of preparing suicide bombers and the cars used in bomb attacks including those carried out in Lebanon," the station said, broadcasting a photo said to be of Iraqi's bloodied head.

[AFP]



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