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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.
Islamic Jihad announces 'open-ended' cease-fire deal with Israel
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.
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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