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Saturday, August 30, 2014
Freed Pakistani academic taught the children of Taliban captors
A Pakistani academic freed after four years in Taliban captivity on Friday told how he taught the militants' children math and English and met their feared former leader Hakimullah Mehsud.
Turkey's Erdogan sworn in as president
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan approved a new cabinet stacked with loyal allies just a day after he moved from premier to head of state, with former Europe minister Mevlut Cavusoglu promoted to foreign minister.
Hamas chief Mashaal rules out disarmament
Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal on Thursday rejected any attempt to disarm his Palestinian Islamist movement in Gaza as demanded by Israel, saying the group's weapons were “sacred.”
Friday, August 29, 2014
UN: Islamic State group threatens Syria aid access
The Islamic State group is taking violence against civilians in Syria "to a new level," threatening the cross-border humanitarian aid operations recently approved by the Security Council, a top U.N. aid official said Thursday.
IS executes 'more than 160' fleeing Syrian troops
Islamic State (IS) jihadists have executed more then 160 fleeing Syrian soldiers, a monitor said Thursday, the latest in a string of brutal abuses alarming Western powers who fear a global spread of the terror.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Executions a 'common spectacle' in IS-held Syria: UN
Public executions, amputations, lashings and mock crucifixion are a regular fixture in jihadist-controlled areas of Syria, a U.N. probe charged Wednesday, also accusing Damascus of repeatedly using chemical weapons against civilians.
Gaza truce holds as Israel, Hamas claim 'victory'
The skies over Gaza remained calm Wednesday as a long-term cease-fire took hold, ending the deadliest violence in a decade, with Israel and Hamas both claiming 'victory' in the 50-day war.
Pakistan's embattled prime minister said Wednesday he would not cave in to protests demanding his resignation, striking a defiant note in his first major speech since the crisis erupted two weeks ago.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Gaza celebrates as long-term truce goes into effect
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.
  
  
  
  
  
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