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Civilian deaths mount in eastern Ukraine

Intense fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine has killed at least 22 civilians, local officials say, as Ukraine presses an offensive to close in on the separatists. Ukrainian forces have been pushing rebel units back towards … Continue reading

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Karzai’s cousin killed in Afghanistan attack

President Hamid Karzai’s powerful cousin has been killed in a suicide-bomb attack at his home near the southern province of Kandahar, officials says. Hashmat Karzai was an election-campaign manager in Kandahar for Ashraf Ghani, one of the two presidential candidates … Continue reading

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Gaza’s only power plant shelled

Gaza City - Gaza’s sole power plant has been shelled, cutting off most of the besieged Palestinian territory’s fuel supply and prompting warnings of a worsening humanitarian crisis. A thick column of black smoke was seen rising from the station on … Continue reading

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Palestinians ‘offer one-day truce’ in Gaza

A senior Palestinian Liberation Organisation official has said that all Palestinian factions, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad, have offered a 24-hour ceasefire in Gaza and “looked favourably” on a further two-day extension. Yasser Abed Rabbo, a PLO executive committee member, said … Continue reading

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EU set to widen Russia sanctions

29 July 2014 Last updated at 13:23 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Tom Burridge on the fighting near the MH17 crash site The European Union is set to agree new sanctions against Russia, targeting its finance, … Continue reading

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OKCupid experiments with ‘bad’ matches

29 July 2014 Last updated at 11:55 OKCupid asks users questions and matches them based on the answers Dating website OKCupid has revealed that it experimented on its users, including putting the “wrong” people together to see if they would … Continue reading

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China investigates ex-security chief

29 July 2014 Last updated at 12:55 Speculation over the fate of Zhou Yongkang had been swirling for months China’s former security chief Zhou Yongkang is being investigated for suspected “serious disciplinary violation”, state media say. The news confirms rumours … Continue reading

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Israel steps up bombardment of Gaza

29 July 2014 Last updated at 14:08 A man stands before a ruined mosque in Gaza City More than 100 Palestinians are said to have been killed after Israel intensified its bombardment of Gaza and warned of a long conflict … Continue reading

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France offers asylum to Iraqi Christians

France has said it is ready to welcome Christians fleeing the area of Iraq controlled by Islamic State (IS) fighters, saying it is “outraged” by their persecution. Islamic State fighters seized large swaths of northern Iraq last month, prompting hundreds of … Continue reading

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Assad in Eid appearance as violence rages

Bashar al-Assad has made his first appearance in public after being sworn in as Syria’s president for a third term, attending prayers at a Damascus mosque to mark the start of the Muslim holiday of Eid. Assad was filmed by … Continue reading

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