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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.
Strike on UN Gaza school kills 10 as Israel pulls out some troops
At least 10 people died in a fresh strike on a U.N. school in Gaza Sunday shortly after Israel confirmed it had begun withdrawing some troops from the war-torn enclave.
Ten Lebanese soldiers have been killed in clashes with militants near the Syrian border, and 13 more are missing, possibly taken hostage, Lebanon's army chief said on Sunday.
Tribesmen have risen up against the extremist Islamic State group in eastern Syria, forcing it to withdraw from three villages after heavy clashes that left more than a dozen people dead, activists said Saturday.
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Israel declares missing soldier dead as Gaza toll rises
The Israeli army on Sunday announced the death of Hadar Goldin, a soldier who had been missing in the Gaza Strip, as both sides of the conflict vowed to keep fighting.
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