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Israeli plane strikes Gaza after ro...

REF: The Israeli military has attacked targets in the Gaza Strip in response to a rocket launched from the Palestinian territory into Israel. &...

Iraqi Kurds retake more ground from...

REF: Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have reported more gains against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, a day after they broke a month...

Palestine sets deadline on Israeli ...

REF: Jordan has submitted a draft resolution on ending Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands captured in 1967 to the UN Security Council for a poss...

US-Cuba agreement hailed as ‘...

REF: Latin America and Europe have hailed efforts by the US and Cuba to restore diplomatic relations, after decades of tensions along with an economic...

Israeli plane strikes Gaza after rocket fire

REF: The Israeli military has attacked targets in the Gaza Strip in response to a rocket launched from the Palestinian territory into Israel.

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Friday’s air strikes were the first since the 50-day war this summer.

 

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Iraqi Kurds retake more ground from ISIL

REF: Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have reported more gains against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, a day after they broke a months-long siege around the Sinjar Mountains.

 

 

On Friday, the Peshmerga were said to be marching towards ISIL’s military base in Tal Afar west of Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul.

 

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Palestine sets deadline on Israeli occupation

REF: Jordan has submitted a draft resolution on ending Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands captured in 1967 to the UN Security Council for a possible vote.

 

The resolution wants Israeli security forces withdrawn no later than the end of 2017.

 

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US-Cuba agreement hailed as ‘historic’

REF: Latin America and Europe have hailed efforts by the US and Cuba to restore diplomatic relations, after decades of tensions along with an economic embargo.

 

Regional leaders said Wednesday’s announcements by US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro of a thaw in ties and a US-Cuban prisoner swap would further ease an ideological battle that has divided the Americas for decades.

 

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Libya clashes force oil port closure

REF: Libya’s eastern Es Sider oil export port has stopped working due to clashes nearby, according to an oil official.

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The Ras Lanuf port, east of Es Sider, is still working, the official told Reuters news agency on Sunday, but al-Waha Oil Company which runs the Es Sider port had halted work.

 

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Gunman takes hostages in Australian cafe

REF: Police have said at least one gunman is holding several people hostage in a central Sydney cafe, in an incident that has prompted a huge security response in an area home to many government offices.

 

Hundreds of armed police swarmed Martin Place in the city’s Central Business District, close to the New South Wales state parliament and the neighbourhood where the Reserve Bank of Australia is located.

 

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Afghan leader demands US answers on torture

REF: Afghanistan’s president has condemned CIA torture detailed in a US Senate report, demanding information from the US on Afghan detainees.

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Ashraf Ghani’s comment came on Wednesday, a day after the release of the document that unravelled the CIA’s methods used during interrogation of al-Qaeda suspects.

 

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Abbas says Israeli troops killed minister

REF: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has accused Israeli soldiers of killing one of his ministers, calling him a victim of a “clear crime” and a “barbaric act”.

Ziad Abu Ein, a Palestinian Cabinet member, died on Wednesday shortly after an Israeli border policeman shoved and grabbed him by the throat during a protest in the occupied West Bank.

 

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US Senate report condemns CIA brutality

REF: A US Senate report on harsh techniques employed to interrogate “terror” suspects post-9/11 attacks has condemned the CIA for brutality and deception.

 

 

The heavily redacted 480-page report - published on Tuesday – covered the treatment of around 100 suspects rounded up by US operatives between 2001 and 2009 on terrorism charges.

 

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Iraq presses Hagel for more strikes on ISIL

REF: Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abbadi has pressed outgoing US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel for more air strikes and weaponry to accelerate what he called the “descent” of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

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Hagel flew in to Baghdad on Tuesday for meetings with Iraqi government officials and American military commanders.

 

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