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Monday, August 11, 2014
Turks vote in first direct presidential election
Turks voted Sunday in their first direct presidential election, a watershed event in the country's 91-year history that could cement Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's position as Turkey's all-powerful leader.
Thousands of displaced Iraqis who had been besieged on a mountain by jihadists escaped to safety Sunday while Western powers ramped up efforts to save those still stranded with air drops.
Palestinians accept latest proposal for 72-hour cease-fire
Palestinian negotiators on Sunday said they had accepted an Egyptian proposal for a new 72-hour truce with Israel, clearing the way for a possible resumption of talks on a long-term cease-fire arrangement in the Gaza Strip.
Pakistan was reduced to 66-4 at lunch as it battled to salvage a draw on the fifth and final day of the first test against Sri Lanka on Sunday.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Palestinians to quit Gaza talks if Israel no-show
Palestinian negotiators threatened to quit Egyptian-brokered Gaza war truce talks Sunday unless Israeli negotiators return to Cairo — the latest sign of the vast gaps between the sides on a new border deal for the blockaded territory.
Iraqi forces ready for Washington-backed counter-offensive
U.S. President Barack Obama vowed Saturday to help rescue thousands of civilians besieged by jihadists on an Iraqi mountain, as an MP warned they would not survive much longer.
Israeli airstrikes struck more than 20 targets Saturday in the Gaza Strip and killed a senior Hamas member, as militant rocket fire continued following the collapse of a three-day truce aimed at ending the war between Israel and Hamas.
An Egyptian court on Saturday ordered the dissolution of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the political wing of the already banned Muslim Brotherhood movement.
An Iranian policeman has been sentenced to three years in jail, 74 lashes and two years' internal exile for the unpremeditated killing of a blogger in 2012, media reported Saturday.
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Airstrikes undertaken as US re-engages in Iraq
U.S. fighters dropped bombs on Islamic militants in Iraq Friday, the Pentagon said, redeeming U.S. President Barack Obama's promise of military force to counter the advancing militants and confront the threat they pose to Iraqi civilians and Americans.
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