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Thursday, August 7, 2014
Gaza cease-fire holds steady while Egypt engages in shuttle diplomacy
Life in the battered Gaza Strip began returning to normal Wednesday as a cease-fire held for a second day and Egyptian mediators engaged in shuttle diplomacy on extending the truce.
Protests last year against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan may have died down, but a top minister's comment that women should not laugh loudly in public has become a new rallying cause for secular Turks angered by his pro-Islamic rule.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Gaza fell silent Tuesday after a month of intense combat between Israel and Hamas, as a 72-hour truce came into effect and the last troops left the battered enclave.
A man dressed in an Afghan army uniform opened fire Tuesday on foreign troops at a military base, killing at least one U.S. soldier and wounding 15 people, among them a German brigadier general and “about a dozen” Americans, authorities said.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Civilians flee as battle for Iraq town rages
Terrified civilians were scrambling for shelter Monday as the battle for the northern Iraqi town they fled escalated, with fighters crossing from Syria to help fellow Kurdish forces battle jihadists.
Thousands of civilians flee as Syrian militants overrun Lebanese border
Thousands of Lebanese civilians and Syrian refugees were fleeing in packed cars and pickup trucks on Monday from an eastern border town that was overrun by militants from neighboring Syria.
Israel faced growing international condemnation of its actions in Gaza on Monday after a strike near a U.N. school sheltering civilians left 10 people dead and sparked widespread outrage.
A British navy ship evacuated British nationals from Libya on Sunday, the defense ministry said, as worsening security there is forcing thousands to flee.
Tens of thousands of supporters of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday massed in Istanbul for his last big rally in Turkey's largest city one week ahead of presidential elections.
Monday, August 4, 2014
Jihadists raised their black flag in Iraq's northern town of Sinjar Sunday in a second straight day of advances against Kurdish forces, sparking mass displacement the UN called a humanitarian tragedy.
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