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Hamas rejects 4-hour cease-fire extension in Gaza


GAZA CITY — Hamas rejected Israel's four-hour extension of a humanitarian cease-fire Saturday as the Palestinian death toll in the conflict rose to more than 1,000. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri sent a text message to reporters Saturday, saying: "No ...

US evacuates Libya embassy after 'free-wheeling' militia violence


TRIPOLI (Reuters) - The United States evacuated its embassy in Libya on Saturday, driving its staff under heavy military guard across the border to Tunisia after escalating clashes broke out between rival militias in Tripoli. Security in the Libyan capital has ...

Ukraine poised to try to reclaim Donetsk, its military says

Washington Post

KIEV, Ukraine — The Ukrainian military is on the verge of launching an assault to take back the separatist bastion of Donetsk, a military spokesman said Saturday. Government troops are currently battling rebels in the nearby town of Horlivka and have ...

Russia accuses US of lying about Moscow, contributing to Ukraine's turmoil

Fox News

Russia on Saturday accused the United States of adding fuel to the fire of the Ukraine crisis and suggested that Obama administration “lies” about Moscow's involvement in the downed Malaysian jetliner led European nations to impose new sanctions on ...

Humanitarian truce underway in Gaza fighting

Washington Post

July 26, 2014 5:53 AM EDT — A 12-hour humanitarian truce began on Saturday after Israel and Palestinian militant groups agreed to appeals by the U.N. The number of Palestinian casualties has risen to 881, most of them civilians, since the start of the ...

Increasing number of Syrians joining Islamic State, says UN

Irish Times

More and more Syrian rebels are defecting to join the ultra-hardline Islamic State insurgency, said UN human rights investigators. A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or Isis) waves an their flag in Raqqa in June. File. Photograph: ...

Hollande declares three days of mourning over Air Algerie crash


DAKAR/PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande ordered that flags on government buildings across France fly at half-mast for three days from Monday after the death of 118 people including 54 French nationals in the crash of an Air Algerie ...

Afghan Election Audit Stalls Again

Wall Street Journal

Afghan election commission workers on July 18 sort ballot papers for the audit of the presidential voting results at an election commission office in Kabul. Associated Press. KABUL—The full audit of votes cast in Afghanistan's presidential election was again ...

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