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Three more Palestinians have been killed in West Bank
2014.07.26 03:00:06

Three more Palestinians have been killed in West Bank in mass protests over Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip as the Israeli military continued to batter besieged Gaza with air strikes and the Palestinian death toll topped 800.

Deaths on Friday came as the funerals of two other West Bank Palestinian protesters killed by Israel military on Thursday were being held.

One of the Palestinians, who died on Friday, was shot by Israeli troops and the other by Israeli settlers, Palestinian medical and security sources told AFP.



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Israeli military announced the death of one of its soldiers
2014.07.26 02:58:58

The Israeli military has just announced the death of one of its soldiers in the north of Gaza, bringing the total death toll of troops killed in the offensive on Gaza to 33. One more soldier is missing, but is presumed dead, according to the military.



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Pressure built for a ceasefire in Gaza
2014.07.26 02:57:34

US Secretary of State John Kerry huddled with UN chief Ban Ki-moon and Egypt's foreign minister as pressure built for a ceasefire in Gaza.

Kerry, who spent another night in Cairo reaching out by telephone to regional officials, met Ban and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri for around half an hour.

The top US diplomat has said he would speak to reporters later Friday, on what could be the end of his week-long mission to the region.

The United States has worked with Egypt on a plan that, diplomats say, would provide a humanitarian pause in the deadly Israel-Hamas conflict ahead of talks on key issues.

US officials said that Kerry has spoken repeatedly by telephone with the foreign ministers of Qatar and Turkey, which are seen as influential over Hamas.

[AFP]



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Aqsa mosque compound
2014.07.26 02:56:08

Palestinians are praying on the street outside the old city of Jerusalem, as men under 50 are barred for the fourth week in a row from entering the Aqsa mosque compound.



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Ben Gurion airport
2014.07.26 02:55:06

An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed rocket fire from Gaza, though she declined to specify how close it had come to Ben Gurion airport.

"We can confirm two rockets were shot down over metropolitan Tel Aviv," she told the AFP news agency.



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Air Canada flight AC84
2014.07.26 02:53:58

According to flight trackers, Air Canada flight AC84 appears to have circled over southern Israel several times, unable to land in Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport



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Russia says 40 mortar shells hit Russian territory
2014.07.26 02:53:16

Russia has claimed that around 40 mortar shells fired by Ukrainian forces fell in the province of Rostov near the border with eastern Ukraine where Kiev is fighting pro-Russian separatists.

"Around 40 mortar shells have fallen from Ukraine ... in Rostov province," Vasily Malayev, a representative of the region's Federal Security Service devoted to border security, was cited by the state Ria Novosti news agency as saying on Friday. [Reuters]



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Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport
2014.07.26 02:42:07

Qassam Brigades are saying they have shelled Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport with three M75 rockets.



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Ukrainian refugees flee to southern Russia
2014.07.26 02:41:04

A total of 230,000 people have fled their homes during the spiraling armed conflict in eastern Ukraine, the United Nations refugee agency has said.

UNHCR spokesman Dan McNorton told reporters that the number of people who have left the conflict zone for other Ukrainian regions was now close to 100,000, while some 130,000 had crossed the border into Russia.



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Frustration with the Palestinian government
2014.07.26 02:39:53

Protests in the West Bank come at a time of increasing frustration with the Palestinian government:  

"Many view its security coordination with Israel as tantamount to collaboration with the occupying forces.

Palestinian security forces have previously been preventing protesters - often by force - from marching to friction points, such as Israeli-manned checkpoints and military installations.

"This level of frustration, coupled with the political stalemate and the bloodshed in Gaza, has so far intensified the magnitude of protests in the West Bank."



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Dutch will support sanctions of Russia
2014.07.26 02:38:31

The Dutch prime minister, seen as having a key role to play in shaping the European Union's response to the downing of a Malaysian airliner last week, said Russia could avert EU sanctions if it stopped arming pro-Moscow rebels in Ukraine.



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Israel imposed strict security measures in East Jerusalem
2014.07.26 02:37:12

Israel has imposed strict security measures in East Jerusalem in anticipation of fresh clashes after Friday noon prayers.

“A Day of Rage” has been called for by different Palestinian factions to protest Israel’s deadly campaign on the Gaza Strip.

The PLO issued a press release, calling on Palestinians inside and outside the territories to protest against the "genocidal war" that Israel has waged against "the steadfast people of the Gaza Strip".



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Rory Challands, reporting from Moscow on the US accusations
2014.07.26 02:35:56

"The US has a bit of a credibility issue here, it wasn't willing to reveal the intelligence that pointed it in that direction. The Kremlin can just ignore such accusations, which is what it has done so far.

"Both Russia and Ukraine say cross border attacks are taking place, but both say that they are innocent and the other one is guilty. If such things have been going on for weeks it probably won't make too much of a difference for the US to weigh in.

"Ukraine is calling for the OSCE to get in the area and be able to monitor the whole of the border."



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Iranians rally in solidarity with Gaza
2014.07.26 02:34:34

Iranians have rallied nationwide in a show of support for Palestinians as Israel pursued its deadly campaign against the Gaza Strip.

Demonstrations were staged in Tehran and more than 700 towns and cities across the country on Friday, state television reported.  

In the capital, footage showed demonstrators carrying placards saying "Death to Israel" and "Death to America" converging from nine different points on Tehran University in the city center.

[AFP]



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Mass grave uncovered
2014.07.26 02:33:19

Local authorities say they have uncovered the first mass grave in the former separatist bastion of Slovyansk in eastern Ukraine, containing the bodies of at least four civilians they say were executed by pro-Russian rebels.

Human Rights Watch, who were at the scene, emphasized that how the victims ended up in the grave would remain unknown until a proper investigation had been carried out.

Local authorities, however, said the people were executed by pro-Russia rebels.

"In this mass grave are the bodies of four Protestant parishioners, innocents who were tortured and killed by the rebels."

Anton Gerashchenko, a Ukrainian interior ministry adviser said the deaths were caused by rebels. He also said there were other mass graves in the town.



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New round of Israeli strikes
2014.07.26 02:31:41

Ten houses have been hit by a new round of Israeli strikes on Gaza this morning, including one that is believed to be the residence of a senior member of the Islamic Jihad group.



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People flee crisis in Ukraine
2014.07.26 02:30:35

A total of 230,000 people have fled their homes in the face of Ukraine's spiraling conflict, the United Nations refugee agency has said.



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Death toll update
2014.07.26 02:19:38

The 18-day Israeli offensive on Gaza has so far claimed the lives of at least 816 Palestinians, including scores of children, according to the health ministry in Gaza. More than 5,200 others have been reported injured.

Rockets fired from Gaza into Israel killed two Israeli civilians and a Thai migrant worker. The fighting also killed 32 Israeli soldiers.



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HRW: Unguided Rockets Killing Civilians
2014.07.26 02:18:28

A report released by HRW has criticized the apparent use of unguided rockets by Ukrainian forces, which the rights group says are killing civilians.

"The use of indiscriminate rockets in populated areas violates international humanitarian law, or the laws of war, and may amount to war crimes."

HRW report



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Clashes in northern Syria
2014.07.26 02:15:50

Dozens of people have been killed in 24 hours of clashes in northern Syria between regime forces and self-declared jihadist fighters, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday.

The watchdog reported on Thursday that the Islamic State (IS) group had launched multiple attacks on government-held territory across north and northeast Syria.

The Observatory said it was the first time that IS, accused by rival rebel groups of focusing its formidable firepower more on them than on the Damascus regime, had launched such coordinated assaults on army positions.

IS fighters went on the offensive near the main northern city of Aleppo, in Hasakeh province in the northeast and in Raqa province around their Euphrates valley stronghold, the Observatory said.



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