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Israeli Army struck
2014.07.30 02:38:18

The Israeli Army struck three primary buildings in Gaza city on Monday night. One was the finance ministry. Another on the list was the Al Aqsa TV building, and the empty house of Hamas leader Ismail Haniya.

Meanwhile, Gaza officials say at least 100 Palestinian have been killed in Israeli strikes on Tuesday.

Tags: Gaza | Israel | Hamas

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OSCE to begin monitoring Russian border crossings
2014.07.30 02:36:55

Observers from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe were set to arrive in southern Russia for their mission to monitor two border crossings with rebel-held Ukraine, the OSCE said.

The first members of the team of 16 civilian monitors were due to arrive on Tuesday in Russia's Rostov region where they were expected to hold meetings with officials from the regional administration, border guards and customs service, said OSCE spokeswoman Tatyana Baeva.

They could begin visiting the two Russian border posts as soon as Wednesday, she said.

Russia has been keen to refute Western allegations that it has been supplying weapons across the border to pro-Russian rebels.

However the three-month OSCE mission only covers two border crossings -- Donetsk and Gukovo -- and not the entire border.

"The monitors were sent where the border isn't being crossed," independent Russian defense analyst Pavel Felgenhauer told AFP. [AFP]

Tags: Ukraine | Russia

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Russia sanctions threaten to blow euro zone off course
2014.07.30 02:27:27

The knock to confidence from harsher European sanctions on Russia could spoil the euro zone's budding economic recovery even if it shrugs off the fallout on trade.

Following months of hesitation, the European Union will seek on Tuesday to seal the first broad economic sanctions on Russia - its third-biggest trading partner - following the downing of a Malaysian airliner over territory controlled by pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine.

If endorsed by ambassadors from 28 European Union countries, Europe could limit access to capital markets by Russian state banks, impose an embargo on arms sales and restrict trade of high-tech energy technologies and "dual use" technology that has both civilian and defense applications. [Reuters]

Tags: Ukraine | Russia | European Union

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Palestinians offer one-day ceasefire
2014.07.30 02:26:09

BREAKING: Palestinians offer one-day ceasefire. No word from Israel, yet.

Tags: Gaza | Israel

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Russia accuses Ukrainian troops of gunfire across border
2014.07.30 02:25:09

Russia has repeated accusations that Kiev's forces had fired across the border from eastern Ukraine into Russian territory with assault rifles and grenade launchers.

"We officially demand Kiev stop firing at the sovereign territory of the Russian Federation," the foreign ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

Kiev has denied firing into Russian territory. [Reuters]

Tags: Ukraine | Russia

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Fuel depot of the Gaza Strip hit
2014.07.30 02:24:21

Israeli tank fire has hit the fuel depot of the Gaza Strip's only power plant cutting electricity to Gaza City and many other parts of the Palestinian enclave of 1.8 million people.

A thick column of black smoke rose from the facility, which supplies the territory with two-thirds of its energy needs, and the fuel containers were in flames.

The Israeli army has said that the oil depot was not a target.

Tags: Gaza | Israel

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EU meets to thrash out economic sanctions on Russia
2014.07.30 02:23:07

EU diplomats met on Tuesday to forge a deal on the bloc's first broad economic sanctions on Russia, to try to force President Vladimir Putin to defuse the crisis in Ukraine.

After months of hesitation from the European Union, the downing of a civilian flight over Ukraine earlier this month, killing all 298 people on board, has strengthened the bloc's resolve to act and bear the brunt of any possible economic measures against Russia.

Late on Monday, the United States said Western leaders agreed on imposing wider sanctions on Russia's financial, defense and energy sectors after a conference call between U.S. President Barack Obama and leaders of Britain, France, Germany and Italy. [Reuters]

Tags: Ukraine | Russia | European Union

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused Israel of committing 'genocide'
2014.07.30 02:16:22

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused Israel of committing "genocide" in Gaza and called on the Islamic world to arm Palestinians.

In a speech marking the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr, Khamenei said:

A people surrounded in a small place with closed borders, unsure of having water and electricity, this population faces an armed enemy.

Tags: Gaza | Israel | Iran | Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

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Ukraine says 17 killed by shelling in Gorlivka
2014.07.30 02:13:27

Seventeen people, including three children, were killed in the past 24 hours by shelling in Ukraine's rebel-held stronghold of Gorlivka, local Ukrainian officials said.

A statement on Tuesday said that 43 people were also wounded in the city which was observing three days of mourning for 13 civilians including 2 children killed on Sunday by Grad rockets.

Several homes were hit by artillery fire in the town located 45-km north of Donetsk, the statement said.

The top story of a school was destroyed and several units in a local hospital were also damaged, it added.

The United Nations has criticized the use of heavy weapons by both pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian forces in inhabited areas, and in a report released Monday said more than 1,100 had been killed by fighting since. [AFP]

Tags: Ukraine | Russia

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Israel's military struck numerous targets
2014.07.30 02:12:09

Israel's military has struck numerous targets in the Gaza Strip after Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister, said his country needed to be prepared for a long conflict in the Palestinian territory.

Click here to read the full report.

Tags: Gaza | Israel

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Shells hit an apartment block
2014.07.30 02:02:29

At least one person has been killed after three shells hit an apartment block in the center of the main separatist rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine.

An Associated Press reporter on the scene saw gaping holes in the side of apartment block after it was fired on.

Around 50 people took refuge in a nearby underground car park and the area was heavy with the smell of household gas.

Although Donetsk is the main stronghold of rebel commanders, the government has refrained to date from attacks on the center of the city.

Rebels accuse the government of using heavy artillery against residential neighborhoods.

Ukraine's government says it has banned the use of artillery in residential areas and in turn says separatists target civilians to discredit the army.

Tags: Ukraine | Russia

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Palestinians forced out of their homes in Gaza
2014.07.30 02:01:14

Journalist Jesse Rosenfeld writes in The Daily Beast about Israel forcing tens of thousands of Palestinians out of their homes in Gaza.

The buffer zone which is about 44 percent of Gaza's territory is now a "no-man's land".

Click here to read more

Tags: Gaza | Israel

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Dutch and Australian experts have abandoned plans
2014.07.30 01:59:10

Dutch and Australian experts have abandoned plans to access the crash site of the Malaysian airliner in Ukraine on Tuesday due to heavy fighting, the Netherlands said in a statement to Reuters.

"There is a lot of fighting along the road to the disaster site," the Dutch Justice Ministry said.

It was the third consecutive day experts were unable to do their work due to fighting between the Ukrainian military and pro-Russian rebels.

Tags: Ukraine | Russia | Netherlands | Australia

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Providing Ukraine with more precise intelligence
2014.07.30 01:44:35

Senior American military officers are discussing the possibility of providing Ukraine with more precise intelligence that would allow it to target missiles held by pro-Russian forces, US officials said.

But no decision is imminent and some officials are concerned such a moveĀ  could backfire by escalating the conflict between Ukraine and the rebels backed by Moscow.

"That's part of the discussions," said one defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

"It's all part of looking at how we can help the Ukrainians," the official told AFP.

But he added there were risks in providing Ukrainian forces with information that could help them strike at pro-Russian fighters in the country's east.


Tags: Ukraine | Russia | United States

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Syrian rebels pressed on
2014.07.30 01:42:32

Syrian rebels pressed on with a fresh advance in the central province of Hama, as they bid to take out its military airport, a rebel commander and a monitor said Tuesday.

"The rebels are now nine km away from Hama military airport, which they want to put out of action," said Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman.

"The regime has suffered several defeats in Hama province in recent days," he added.


Tags: Syria

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Israeli death toll
2014.07.30 01:39:19

The Israeli army has confirmed that five of its soldiers were killed overnight, bringing the total Israeli death toll to 55.

Tags: Gaza | Israel

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Israeli criticism of John Kerry
2014.07.30 01:26:36

The Obama Administration is pushing back against Israeli criticism of John Kerry. He has been accused of favoring Hamas in the latest ceasefire negotiations.

Tags: Gaza | Israel | Hamas | United States | John Kerry

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Mom, enough fireworks already
2014.07.30 01:14:42

Mom, enough fireworks already

Some very moving tweets tonight. A reminder of the two main hashtags to follow:

- #Gaza

- #Gazaunderattack

On phone with friend in Gaza, she's cracking jokes, trying to keep her kids from being scared. One says, "mom, enough fireworks already."

Tags: Gaza | Israel

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Al Aqsa TV station hit by an Israeli Missile
2014.07.29 08:29:51

Hamas-affiliated Al Aqsa TV station has been hit by an Israeli Missile in the Al Nasr neighborhood of Gaza.

Tags: Gaza | Israel | Hamas

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Ismail Haniya's home targeted by Israeli
2014.07.29 08:28:40

Hamas PM Ismail Haniya's home was targeted by Israeli bombardment. There is no reports of death or injury to the occupants.

Tags: Gaza | Israel | Hamas

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