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Twelve-hour Gaza humanitarian truce takes hold

Saturday, July 26, 2014 2:51am

An explosion during an Israeli strike in the northern Gaza Strip is pictured from the Israeli border with Gaza, before a cease-fire takes effectBy Nidal al-Mughrabi and Maayan Lubell GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinians in the Gaza Strip poured into the streets on Saturday to recover their dead and stock up on food supplies after a 12-hour humanitarian truce agreed by Israel and Hamas took hold. Women in Beit Hanoun wailed as medics pulled three dead relatives from a home struck overnight by an Israeli air strike. Near Khan Younis, 18 members of a family died from tank shelling shortly before the truce began, the Gaza Health Ministry said. Gaza health officials said rescue workers have so far pulled out 40 bodies from under the rubble since the truce began.


Iraqi police: Baghdad official taken by gunmen

Saturday, July 26, 2014 2:48am

BAGHDAD (AP) — Gunmen traveling in 10 black SUVs seized a senior Sunni politician who had previously been jailed on terrorism charges from his home in Baghdad on Saturday, police officers said.

Al-Qaeda releases video of US suicide bomber in Syria

Saturday, July 26, 2014 2:48am

A portrait of US citizen Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha, who is believed to have been involved in a suicide bombing against regime forces in Syria on May 25, 2014, is shown in this image grab taken from a Al-Nusra Front videoSyria's Al-Qaeda affiliate has released a video of a young US suicide bomber from Florida who blew himself up at an army post in the northwest of the country. Moner Mohammad Abu Salha, alias Abu Hurayra al-Amriki, was believed to be the first American national to carry out such an attack in Syria's more than three-year-old war. Hopefully it will be in heaven," Abu Hurayra says in broken Arabic in the 17-minute video posted on YouTube on Friday by Al-Nusra Front.


Russia says EU sanctions undermine fight with terrorism, organized crime

Saturday, July 26, 2014 3:49am

Russia said on Saturday that additional sanctions imposed by the European Union over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis would hamper cooperation over security issues and undermine the fight against terrorism and organized crime. "The additional sanction list is direct evidence that the EU countries have set a course for fully scaling down cooperation with Russia over the issues of international and regional security," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. "(This) includes the fight against the proliferation of weapon of mass destruction, terrorism, organized crime and other new challenges and dangers." The European Union on Saturday added 15 Russians and Ukrainians and 18 organizations to its sanctions list over the crisis in Ukraine. The chiefs of Russia's FSB security service and foreign intelligence service as well as a number of other senior Russian officials were included in the sanctions list.

Turkey, citing ceasefire, lifts flight ban to Israel's Ben Gurion airport

Saturday, July 26, 2014 2:18am

Turkey lifted a ban on flights to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport after a ceasefire was agreed between Israelis and Palestinians, the state's SHGM aviation authority said on Saturday. "Taking into account the current ceasefire situation, the flight ban on Israel's Ben Gurion airport has been lifted, pending a subsequent announcement," it said via its Twitter account.

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