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Ukraine's ambassador to the OSCE
2014.08.29 04:21:40

Ukraine's ambassador to the OSCE accused Russia on Thursday of a "direct invasion" following reports that Russian troops were active in the conflict-torn east of the country.

"We registered a direct invasion by the Russian military into the eastern regions of Ukraine," Ihor Prokopchuk told journalists following a special meeting of the European security body to discuss the latest developments in Ukraine.

"The situation has significantly aggravated," he said in English, citing the capture "by regular Russian forces" of the key southeastern town of Novoazovsk and several other surrounding towns.

Ukraine views the latest developments as active aggression against Ukraine.


Tags: Ukraine | Russia

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Will The US Bomb IS Group (AKA ISIS) In Syria?
2014.08.29 04:20:26

Tags: Syria | Islamic State | United States

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Khaled Meshaal expressed his appreciation to the people of Gaza
2014.08.29 03:17:21

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal expressed his appreciation to the people of Gaza in a press conference minutes ago. He also expressed his gratitude to those who brokered the truce with Israel.

"After 51 days of aggression you had your day to express your fortitude. This was a war of necessity and not of choice, we have been in a military siege for eight years now. To all other factions of brigades and all those who have fallen martyrs , we observe and honor their memory with a moment of silence. "

"We pray to God almighty to speed the recovery of all those injured and those who have been victimized by the Israeli arsenal using internationally banned weapons"

" Elderly women and children who took refuge in UNRWA schools have been victimized. We share the same pain and suffering , we also share the suffering of the refugees including more than 60,000 Gazans. It is a new holocaust one that is worse than that perpetrated by Hitler. They targeted everything from hospitals, schools to factories."

Also adding " The latest war between Israel and Hamas is not the last round of conflict , but a milestone to reaching our objective this is not the end. This is just a milestone to reaching our objective, we know that Israel is strong and is aided by the international community. We will not restrict our dreams or make compromises to our demands"

Tags: Gaza | Israel | Hamas

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French President Francois Hollande
2014.08.29 03:15:56

French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday that it would be "intolerable and unacceptable" if it was proved true that Russian troops had entered Ukrainian territory.

"Europe will maintain (sanctions), even increase them if the escalation increases. I don't want it because it is neither in Russia's nor our interest," Hollande told an annual conference of French diplomats in Paris.

Russia cannot hope to be a 21st century power yet not respect the rules.


Tags: Ukraine | Russia | France

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Philippine's Muslim rebels vow to stop Islamic State 'virus'
2014.08.29 03:14:17

The largest Muslim rebel group in the Philippines has condemned the Islamic State group, and vowed to stop the spread of their "virus" into the Southeast Asian nation.

After decades of armed rebellion that claimed tens of thousands of lives, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) said it was vital to stop the savage ideology of Islamic State (IS) infecting the Philippines.

"The MILF condemns barbarism and savagery whether done by other groups including the ISIS or even by its (MILF's) own members," the MILF said in a statement posted on its website.

"The threat really comes from the extremism [espoused] by the ISIS. Ideas are contagious and infectious," it said.

Two other Filipino Muslim armed groups, the Abu Sayyaf and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), have recently vowed allegiance to the IS in videos uploaded to social media sites.


Tags: Syria | Islamic State | Philippines

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Aid flows into Gaza after Israel-Hamas truce
2014.08.29 02:59:08

Vital humanitarian  aid was arriving in Gaza as residents began rebuilding their lives  following a devastating 50-day war between Israel and Hamas that experts say left no winners.

Millions in and around the war-torn coastal enclave were enjoying a second  day of peace on Thursday, after the guns fell silent following a permanent ceasefire agreement, allowing people to begin putting their lives back together.

The truce, which went into force on Tuesday evening, saw the warring sides agree to a "permanent" halt to seven weeks of bloodshed in a move hailed by Washington, the UN and top world diplomats. [AFP]

Tags: Gaza | Israel | Hamas

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Russian soldiers are fighting Ukrainian troops alongside the rebels
2014.08.29 02:58:23

East Ukrainian pro-Russian separatist leader Alexander Zakharchenko said serving Russian soldiers, on leave from their posts, are fighting Ukrainian troops alongside the rebels, Russian state television reported.

Zakharchenko said in an interview posted on

Among us are fighting serving soldiers, who would rather take their vacation not on a beach but with us, among brothers, who are fighting for their freedom.


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Leading Sunni scholar calls Islamic State 'deviants'
2014.08.29 02:56:26

Prominent Sunni Muslim scholar, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, has slammed the Islamic State group as "deviants," accusing the group of violating Islamic law and inflaming sectarianism.

Qaradawi's International Union of Muslim Scholars, described IS's offensive in Syria and Iraq as "criminal and unlawful" and prohibited in Islam.

The International Union of Muslim Scholars said it "categorically prohibits the actions of some excessive and deviant groups, such as killing innocent Muslims and non-Muslims, under the cover of repugnant sectarianism one time, or under the name of the so-called Islamic State the other time."


Tags: Syria | Islamic State | Iraq

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Challenge presented by the Islamic State group
2014.08.29 02:54:28

US President Barack Obama will meet his top national security advisers on Thursday to discuss the challenge presented by the Islamic State group and the situation in Iraq and Syria, the White House announced.

"Today the President is meeting with his National Security Council to discuss the situation in Iraq and Syria, our ongoing efforts to support the Iraqi government, and our efforts to counter the threat posed by ISIL (Islamic State). You should not expect that we'll have new decisions to announce on these issues today," a White House official said.

Obama's meeting, with Vice President Joe Biden and members of his National Security Council, will take place at 4pm EDT in the White House Situation Room, Reuters reported.

Tags: Iraq | Islamic State | Syria | United States | Barack Obama

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Palestinians receive medical aid in Turkey
2014.08.29 02:42:28

Dozens of Palestinians in need of medical treatment will be flown to Turkeys's central Afyon province today.

At least 33 injured Palestinians will fly in bring the total number of injured in Turkey to more than 70.

Tags: Gaza | Israel | Turkey

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Reports of funerals of Russian paratroopers need to be checked
2014.08.29 02:41:23

President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said late on Wednesday as media speculation mounted over whether the men were killed in action in Ukraine.

Dmitry Peskov was quoted by the Itar-Tass news agency as saying:

It goes without saying, no doubt this information is being checked by the necessary bodies. This needs to be checked in detail before drawing any conclusions.

Asked whether checks were ongoing, he said: "I don't know for sure, so I won't say."

Russian independent media has reported widely on the funerals of two paratroopers in northwestern Russia, held in secret, citing mourners as saying they were killed in Ukraine, where Russia says it does not have troops deployed.

Russia's acknowledgement this week that its troops were in Ukraine - albeit accidentally - has prompted a storm of questioning about what Russia is doing in war-torn eastern Ukraine.


Tags: Ukraine | Russia

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Syrian rebels back US strikes against Islamic State group
2014.08.29 02:39:10

Syrian rebels are calling for the United States to carry out strikes against the Islamic State group in the country, as the Washington mulls over a decision to expand its mission into the country.

"We support US strikes against Daesh," said Abu Al-Muqdad, a fighter in Aleppo with the Islamic Front, a rebel coalition, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State (IS).

"I'm in favor of American air strikes on the areas controlled by Daesh because they and the regime, they're one and the same," said Jaber, who heads the Islamic Front's military police unit in eastern Aleppo city.

Calls for US action in Syria have been mounting in the wake of IS advances in Iraq and Syria, as well as the brutal killing of US journalist James Foley, who was held hostage.


Tags: Syria | Islamic State | United States

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Iraqi security forces
2014.08.29 02:37:58

Iraqi security forces backed by volunteer militiamen have retaken several villages located on the way to the town of Amerli, which fighters have besieged for months, officers said on Thursday.

Army Staff Lieutenant General Abdulamir al-Zaidi told AFP that villages north of al-Adhaim were retaken as part of a major operation aimed at advancing toward Amerli.

Brigadier General Khalaf Jassem confirmed that the villages had been retaken, and said that more than two dozen fighters were killed.

Note that senior Iraqi officials and officers frequently report large fighters death tolls, but they are usually impossible to independently confirm.

Tags: Iraq

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Fierce fighting in east Ukraine
2014.08.29 02:22:41

Fierce fighting in east Ukraine over the past month has sent the death toll soaring, with at least 36 people killed every day, according to a UN rights report.

In four weeks alone, from mid-July to mid-August, at least 1,200 people were killed - more than double the total casualties in the conflict since it began in April, said the report by UN rights monitors to be released on Friday.

The one-month death toll of 1,200 did not include the 298 dead from the July 17 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

Since April, a total of 2,220 people have been killed, including 23 children. [AFP]

Tags: Ukraine | Russia

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Video of destroying a marijuana field
2014.08.29 02:20:09

Fighters from the Islamic State group are cracking down on behavior that contravenes their interpretation of Islam. In this video taken in the southern Aleppo countryside they're seen destroying a marijuana field.

MWC cannot independently verify the content of the video.

Tags: Syria | Islamic State

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Islamic State blew up oil installations
2014.08.29 02:17:45

Islamic State militants blew up three oil installations in northern Iraq on early Thursday, according to Kurdish Peshmerga forces.

The explosion came as the Peshmerga continued to advance in their effort to recapture land under IS control.

They battled Islamist positions west of the Mosul Lake early on Thursday morning. As the Peshmergas advanced towards the Zumar area, the fighters blew the three installations in Ain Zalah.

A Peshmerga commander who spoke to AP under condition of anonymity, said the Kurdish troops started to attack at 4 a.m. local time on Thursday, both from north and south of Zumar.

They recaptured Ain Zalah from IS, the officer said, but IS had put explosives in the oil installations and they blew them up while retreating.


Tags: Iraq | Islamic State

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EU welcomes Gaza ceasefire agreement
2014.08.29 02:04:49

The European Union has welcomed a long-term ceasefire in Gaza after the worst fighting between Israel and the Palestinians in a decade, calling for more talks to bring a lasting end to the conflict.

"Simply returning to the situation before the latest conflict is not an option," said a statement from the bloc's diplomatic arm, the European External Action Service (EEAS).

"A sustainable agreement should address all the root causes of the conflict and bring fundamental change to the situation in Gaza."

The EU said that "a durable peace can only be achieved through the resumption of the Middle East peace process, leading to a two-state solution".

It also called for an end to the Gaza blockade, a Palestinian government of national consensus and the cessation of rocket-fire from the Gaza strip.


Tags: Gaza | Israel | European Union

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The full video of Shirley Sotloff pleading
2014.08.28 08:06:47

This is the full video of Shirley Sotloff pleading with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed caliph of territories controlled by the Islamic State group, to release her son, Steven.

The US journalist appeared at the end of a video which showed the killing of another reporter, James Foley.

You can read our full report here.

Tags: Syria | Islamic State | United States | Shirley Sotloff

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Russia will remain reliable energy supplier to Europe
2014.08.28 04:22:53

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday that Russia is and will be a reliable supplier of natural gas to Europe, in response to warnings from Kiev that Moscow could cut off fuel to the continent this winter.

"Russia was, is and will be a reliable supplier of energy resources to Europe," Peskov told journalists.

"We hope that Ukraine in turn will guarantee unhindered transit."


Tags: Ukraine | Russia | European Union

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Mother of captive American journalist released a video
2014.08.28 04:21:55

The mother of an American journalist held captive by militant group Islamic State released a video on Wednesday appealing directly to the group's leader for his release.

"I am sending this message to you, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Quraishi al-Hussaini, the caliph of the Islamic State. My son Steven is in your hands. I ask you to use your authority to spare his life and to follow the example set by the Prophet Mohammed, who protected people of The Book (Christians and Jews). "

Sotloff, 31, went missing in Syria last year while covering the conflict there. Islamic State released a video last week in which he could be seen kneeling following the filmed decapitation of fellow journalist James Foley.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters in a briefing on Wednesday that "we certainly would call on those who are holding (Sotloff) to release him." He reiterated that the United States does not pay ransom to release hostages, however, saying it puts other innocent Americans at risk.


Tags: Syria | Islamic State | United States

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