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Saturday, August 16, 2014
A fragile cease-fire around Gaza held for a second day Friday as Israel's relations with its U.S. ally showed new signs of strain with tough talks looming on a more lasting peace.
Friday, August 15, 2014
Iraq: Al-Maliki steps down, gives up post to rival
Iraq's embattled Nouri al-Maliki has stepped down as prime minister, caving in to international and domestic pressure to give up his post to a rival politician.
The earliest evidence of mummification in Egypt suggests that the practice of wrapping bodies to preserve them after death began around 1,000 years earlier than thought, said a study Wednesday.
'Far fewer' stranded on Iraq mountain than feared: US
An American assessment team found “far fewer” Yazidis trapped in northern Iraq than expected, making an evacuation mission less likely, as the flight of minority groups from advancing jihadists showed no let-up Thursday.
Gaza refugees tie knot at UN school as truce comes to end
War destroyed their homes and her big white dress, but Heba and Omar agreed nothing would stand in the way of their future happiness.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Obama weighs strategy against Islamic State
The Obama administration is grappling with how to bridge the gap between its increasingly dire assessment of the threat posed by the Islamic State group and the limited, defensive air campaign it has so far undertaken, which military officials acknowledge will not blunt the group's momentum.
With time running out for thousands of Iraqis trapped by jihadists, caretaker premier Nuri al-Maliki Wednesday defied international pressure to step aside to forward reconciliation and the fight against militants.
Israeli ordnance exploded in Gaza Wednesday, killing five people including a foreign journalist, as bomb experts tried to disable a missile on the last day of a 72-hour truce.
Ten civilians and three army technicians were killed on Wednesday when a bomb planted near a prison by presumed Al-Qaida militants exploded in south Yemen, a security official said.
Non-Jewish spouses of Israeli homosexuals can now obtain citizenship under an interior ministry decision applicable since Tuesday.
  
  
  
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