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    Israel strikes hospital, houses; Gaza death toll passes 570

    The Palestinian death toll in an Israeli offensive against Islamist militants in the Gaza Strip passed 570 on Monday as Israeli shells struck a hospital, residential homes were bombed, and the army said it had killed at least 10 gunmen who’d tunneled into Israel.


    Hamas says cease-fire must end Egypt’s, Israel’s blockades on Gaza

    The members of the kibbutz Nir Am woke up Monday morning to an urgent command from the Israeli army: no one was to leave home until further notice. The socialist farming community is less than two miles from the border with Gaza _ and therefore an easy target for a group of Hamas militants who ...

  • IRAQ

    In Iraq, Sunnis push back against extremists in their midst

    Gunshots rang out one recent evening in the western Iraqi town of Haditha as local tribesmen in pickup trucks celebrated their capture of a handful of militants belonging to the al Qaida splinter group known as the Islamic State.


    Deadliest day yet as Israel expands into Gaza

    Israeli forces expanded their offensive against Islamist militants deeper into the Gaza Strip on Sunday, triggering clashes in which 13 soldiers died and more than 60 people were killed in the shelling of a densely populated neighborhood of Gaza City, the army and local health officials said.


    Israel’s Bedouin defenseless against Hamas rockets

    When a rocket from Gaza slammed into the community of Kaser A-Ser on Saturday, Auda al-Wadj, 32, had no defense. Like 100,000 Bedouin citizens of Israel, al-Wadj lived in a shantytown of tin shacks, with no bomb shelters. He died; four family members were hospitalized.


    Israel expands into Gaza, killing at least 50

    Israeli forces expanded their offensive deeper into the Gaza Strip on Sunday, heavily shelling a densely populated neighborhood of Gaza City and killing at least 50 people, local medical officials said.


    Kerry lays out evidence that Russia provided missiles used to shoot down airliner

    WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry gave the most detailed account yet of the circumstantial evidence indicating that Russia provided the missiles that shot down a Malaysia Airlines jet over eastern Ukraine, but denied that the administration has reached a conclusion about Russia's involvement...


    Hamas responds to Israeli onslaught with tunnel attack

    Hamas gunmen who tunneled into Israel killed two soldiers on Saturday and another Israeli died in a rocket strike, while intensified bombardments in the Gaza Strip raised the reported Palestinian death toll there to more than 100 since the start of an Israeli ground offensive on Thursday.


    Syria fights to free gas field from Islamic State

    The Syrian military and the Islamic State engaged in fierce battle Saturday as the government tried unsuccessfully to dislodge the radical Islamists from a gas field seized two days earlier in an attack marked by the executions of 200 soldiers, sources close to the scene said.


    Ukraine: Separatists took Flight 17 bodies as part of coverup

    Ukrainian officials on Saturday accused pro-Russian separatists of hiding evidence _ from moving the weapons thought to have shot down Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 to removing 38 bodies from the crash site _ that will impede the investigation of the tragedy that killed 298.

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