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Obama condemns killing of reporter, U.S. hits militants in Iraq
President Barack Obama expressed revulsion on Wednesday at the beheading of an American journalist by Islamist militants and vowed the United States would do what it must to protect its citizens as international condemnation of the insurgents grew. Not long after Obama called Islamic State a "cancer" with a bankrupt ideology, the Pentagon said U.S. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:11:43 -0400
Gaza war rages on, Hamas says Israel tried to kill its military chief
News ImageBy Nidal al-Mughrabi and Maayan Lubell GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli air strike in Gaza killed the wife and infant son of Hamas's military leader, Mohammed Deif, the group said, calling it an attempt to assassinate him after a ceasefire collapsed. Palestinians launched more than 180 rockets on Tuesday and Wednesday, mainly at southern Israel, with some intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system, the military said. Israeli aircraft have carried out more than 100 strikes in the Gaza Strip since Tuesday, Defence Minister Moshe Ya'alon said, the military adding it was "targeting terror sites". Hamas and medical officials said 23 people had died in the latest Israeli raids, including Deif's wife and seven-month-old son.
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:01:40 -0400
Dozens die in Ukraine in street battles, Donetsk shelling
News ImageBy Richard Balmforth and Thomas Grove KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Heavy shelling hit residential neighborhoods in Ukraine's rebel stronghold of Donetsk and government forces fought street battles in other towns on Wednesday as they sought to crush a four-month-old separatist rebellion. The forces of the Western-backed Kiev government are steadily gaining the upper hand over the separatists in Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine and are tightening the noose around the main rebel bastions of Donetsk and Luhansk.
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:27:42 -0400
Kuwait detains Muslim cleric suspected of funding militants: security source
Kuwait detained a prominent Sunni Muslim cleric at the Gulf state's airport on Wednesday after the United States included him on a sanctions list on suspicion that he is funneling money to militants in Iraq and Syria, a security source told Reuters. Hajjaj al-Ajmi was detained at the airport on his arrival from Qatar, whose leadership supports Islamist groups such as Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and gives refuge to prominent figures from Hamas and the Taliban but does not back the militant Islamists operating in Iraq and Syria. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:39:40 -0400
Opposition leader Khan opens talks with Pakistan government over protests
News ImageBy Mehreen Zahra-Malik and Syed Raza Hassan ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Opposition leader Imran Khan opened negotiations Wednesday with the Pakistani government, a lawmaker from his party said, in an effort to end protests against the prime minister and overcome a political impasse. The announcement came the day after Pakistan's powerful military said the two sides should engage in dialogue and warned that key government institutions were under its protection. Former cricket star Khan and cleric Tahir ul-Qadri, who controls a network of Islamic schools and hospitals, have been leading protests in the capital Islamabad since Friday. Both want Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign over allegations of corruption and election rigging.
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:43:59 -0400
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