Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Celebrations erupted in Gaza on Tuesday as a long-term ceasefire agreed by Israel and the Palestinians began, ending 50 days of the deadliest violence in a decade.
The Islamic State militant group is holding hostage a young American woman who was doing humanitarian aid work in Syria, a family representative said. The 26-year-old woman is the third American known to have been kidnapped by the militant group.
Officials from Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the main groups fighting in Gaza, said Tuesday they have reached a deal with Israel to end a seven-week war that has killed more than 2,000 Palestinians.
Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah threatened Tuesday to withdraw from the disputed election, a move that could wreck U.N. efforts to rescue the country's first democratic transfer of power.
The United States is poised to send spy planes into Syria to track Islamic State (IS) jihadists whose advances have sparked international concern and American air strikes in neighboring Iraq.
A car bomb exploded on Tuesday in a busy Shiite area in eastern Baghdad, killing at least 11 people, officials said, the latest in a series of attacks to shake the Iraqi capital as the Shiite-led government struggles to dislodge Sunni militants from areas in the country's west and north.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Violence reverberated across Gaza on Monday with at least eight Palestinians killed in Israeli air strikes as Egypt proposed a new cease-fire that would open key crossings into the blockaded territory.
Monday, August 25, 2014
Israeli airstrikes leveled a seven-floor office building and severely damaged a two-story shopping center in the Gaza Strip early Sunday, signaling a new escalation in seven weeks of fighting with Hamas.
Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine paraded dozens of captured soldiers before a jeering crowd on Sunday in mockery of the country's Independence Day celebrations.
Jihadists from the Islamic State group have seized Tabqa military airport, the last remaining Syrian army base in northern Raqa province, a monitoring group and state media said Sunday.