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Islamic State group has seized an army position
2014.07.28 03:02:26

The Islamic State group has seized an army position in the northeast city of Hasakeh, amid a major escalation in its offensive against regime bases, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Just south of Hasakeh city, "IS jihadists took over the army Regiment 121 at Maylabiyeh, after fierce clashes with regime troops", said the Britain-based group, adding that the battle lasted three days.

On twitter, supporters of IS, which first emerged in Syria's war in spring 2013, celebrated the army position's "liberation" at the hands of the jihadists.

[AFP]



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Israel has ended its humanitarian cease-fire
2014.07.28 02:53:45

An army spokesman says that Israel has "ended its humanitarian cease-fire [in Gaza] ... and resumed offensive operations from air, sea and land."



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Dutch and Australian police had to scrap their trip
2014.07.28 02:52:23

Dutch and Australian police who were planning to head to the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17 on Sunday have had to scrap their trip over security concerns, a OSCE spokesman said.

Alexander Hug, deputy chief monitor of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's special mission in Ukraine told reporters:

There is fighting going on. We can't take the risk. The security situation on the way to the site and on the site itself is unacceptable for our unarmed observer mission.



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Shaar gas field in Homs
2014.07.28 02:50:15

Syrian government troops have recaptured the Shaar gas field in Homs province from the Islamic State, a week after the the group seized it, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

"Since this morning, there has been fighting around the Al-Shaar field between regime forces and the IS. The army has succeeded in ejecting the jihadists, and it now controls the site and surrounding hills," Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.

[AFP]



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Australian police will be sent to the Malaysian airliner's crash site
2014.07.28 02:39:40

Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that Australian police will be sent to the Malaysian airliner's crash site in rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine as part of a Dutch-led police force to secure the area and help recover victims' remains.

This is a risky mission. There's no doubt about that. But all the professional advice that I have is that the safest way to conduct it is unarmed, as part of a police-led humanitarian mission.



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20 rockets have been fired from Gaza since midnight
2014.07.28 02:38:15

Israeli media reported that a couple of the rockets landed in open areas and another was intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.



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Ukraine to give international police access
2014.07.28 02:03:42

Malaysia's Prime Minister said that an agreement had been reached with separatists in Ukraine to give international police access to the site where the Malaysian plane was downed and enable investigators to determine why the aircraft crashed.

A statement issued by Najib Razak's office said the agreement with separatist leader Aleksander Borodai would "provide protection for international crash investigators" to recover human remains and ascertain the cause of the crash.

[Reuters]



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Shell fire near the Gaza Strip
2014.07.28 02:02:39

The Israeli army says one of its soldiers has been killed by shell fire near the Gaza Strip, pushing the number of troops killed since the start of ground operations to 43.



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Residents flee fighting in Ukraine's Donetsk
2014.07.28 01:52:26

Hundreds of thousands of people have fled their homes to escape fighting in eastern Ukraine.

It's focused on the city of Donetsk, which is controlled by rebels but coming under heavy artillery fire from government forces.



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French police arrests pro-Palestinian
2014.07.28 01:50:14

French police arrested 70 people at a banned pro-Palestinian protest in central Paris on Saturday that degenerated into clashes between demonstrators and armor-clad riot squads.

The rally had drawn 4,000 people to the capital's Place de la Republique, the interior ministry said, while organizers put the turnout at 10,000.

Police who stepped in to disperse the rally responded with tear gas when they were targeted with rocks and other projectiles. About 12 police were slightly injured.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said while the young people protesting had been mostly peaceful "there were troublemakers at this demonstration", some of whom had come armed with the intention to cause violence.

"There were 70 arrests and 30 (of them) have been detained, some of whom had significant weapons, including clubs... and knuckle-dusters," he said. [AFP]



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Ukrainian forces advanced to the outskirts of a key town
2014.07.27 07:30:34

Ukrainian officials said their forces advanced to the outskirts of a key town north of Donetsk on Saturday as they try to retake the stronghold held for months by pro-Russia rebels.

Ukrainian national security spokesman Andriy Lysenko said Ukrainian forces were outside Horlikva, just north of the regional center of Donetsk.

Once they can take Horlivka, "the direct route is open for the forces of the anti-terrorist operation to the capital of the Donbass region - the city of Donetsk," Lysenko said.

The approaches to Donetsk are being blocked so that the terrorists do not get the chance to receive ammunition, reinforcements or equipment.

[AP]



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Hamas spokesman in Gaza
2014.07.27 07:19:31

Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas spokesman in Gaza, said that "any humanitarian ceasefire that doesn't include the complete withdrawal of its positions in the Gaza Strip, doesn’t enable the residents to go back to their homes and doesn’t allow the evacuation of the wounded, is unacceptable".



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Israel's security cabinet
2014.07.27 07:18:49

Israel's security cabinet has approved extending the humanitarian ceasefire until midnight local time (2100 GMT) on Sunday, government officials say.

Palestinian groups have not yet responded.



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Hamas rejects ceasefire extension
2014.07.27 04:26:12

BREAKING: Hamas official says group rejects Israel's proposed four-hour extension of Gaza war ceasefire - [AP]



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Rockets fired at Israel
2014.07.27 04:24:53

BREAKING: According to Israel army rockets have been fired at Israel from Gaza after 12 hours of truce - AFP



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132 bodies found across the Gaza strip
2014.07.27 04:23:48

132 bodies found across the Gaza strip on Saturday taking the death toll to 1032 and the injured to 5900 - Gaza health ministry.



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Israeli police have banned an anti-war rally
2014.07.27 04:23:01

Israeli police have banned an anti-war rally scheduled for 8pm tonight in Tel Aviv, citing "security concerns" about large crowds gathering outside.



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Four-hour extension of a temporary truce in Gaza
2014.07.27 04:22:12

BREAKING: Israel's security cabinet has reportedly approved a four-hour extension of a temporary truce in Gaza, prolonging an initial 12-hour ceasefire until midnight.

Israel's Channel 10 said the extension had been approved less than two hours before the temporary ceasefire was due to expire, and after US Secretary of State John Kerry and other international leaders called for a longer truce.

{AFP}



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Palestinian death toll reaches 1,000
2014.07.27 04:21:11

BREAKING: Palestinian death toll from Israeli Gaza offensive reaches 1,000 - Gaza Health Ministry official.

[Reuters]



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Ministers call for Gaza ceasefire extension
2014.07.27 04:20:06

Foreign ministers from the United States, Europe and the Middle East called for an extension of the 12-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

"All of us call on the parties to extend the military ceasefire that is currently underway,"  French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters on Saturday after a gathering that included the foreign ministers of Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Qatar, Turkey and the United States.

"All of us want to obtain, as quickly as possible, a durable, negotiated ceasefire that responds both to Israeli needs in terms of security and to Palestinian needs in terms of of the social economic development (of Gaza) and access to the territory of Gaza," Fabius added.

[Reuters]



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