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Maliki Gives Up Iraq PM Job to Rival

Nouri al-Maliki

Nouri al-Maliki has finally bowed to pressure within Iraq and beyond and stepped down as prime minister, paving the way for a new coalition that world and regional powers hope can quash the Islamic State group.  “I announce before you today, to ease the movement of the political process and the formation of the new government. The withdrawal […]

Earthquake in Quito


A shallow 5.1-magnitude earthquake struck the Ecuadoran capital Quito Tuesday, triggering landslides that killed at least two people and violently shaking buildings and homes. Another eight people were injured and three others trapped in the landslides at quarries on the outskirts of Quito, the country´s risk management agency said on Twitter. A landslide also engulfed a […]

Car Bombs Kill 51 in Baghdad Shiite Neighborhoods

car bombs

The death toll from car bomb attacks on crowded markets in Baghdad on Wednesday climbed to 47, police said.  Islamic State militants, which have declared a ´caliphate´ in swathes of Iraq and Syria that it controls and threatens to march on Baghdad, have claimed several Baghdad bombings in the past. (Reuters)  

Israel Declares 7-Hour Gaza Truce After Fury Over School Strike

Israel declares school strike

Israel announced it would be holding its fire in most of Gaza for seven hours Monday, amid world outrage over a deadly strike on a UN school in the Palestinian territory. The unilateral truce, four weeks into the offensive in Gaza, came after world powers fiercely condemned the attack that left 10 Palestinians sheltering at […]

Gaza Death Toll Hits 800 on 18th Day of Israeli Attacks

chliden killed by irseal

Fifteen Palestinians were killed Thursday when an Israeli shell slammed into a UN shelter where hundreds of civilians had taken refuge. And fresh Israeli fire early Friday pushed the overall Palestinian death toll in Gaza to at least 800 despite world efforts to broker a ceasefire. The Thursday strike hit a UN school sheltering some of […]

Iraq Jihadists Blow Up Hazrat Yunus (A.S) Shrine

Hazrat Yunus (A.S)

The new jihadist rulers of Iraq´s northern city of Mosul on Thursday completely levelled one its most well-known shrines, an official and witnesses told AFP. Shrine was built on the reputed burial site of a prophet known in the holy Quran as Hazrat Yunus (A.S) and in the Bible as Jonah. “Islamic State completely destroyed the […]

Destruction And Devastation in Gaza

chliden killed

Many Palestinian families fled the Shujayea neighbourhood in the east of Gaza City after a sleepless night that witnessed the heaviest bombardment of the 13-day Israeli assault on Gaza. Heavy tank and artillery shelling left at least 72 people dead, most of them women and children, and over 200 injured, according to Palestinian health ministry […]

Suicide Car Bombs Kills 21 In Baghdad : Iraq violence

Suicide car bombs

A suicide bomb has killed at least 21 people in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, police and medical officials have said. At least 13 civilians were killed in the attack, which took place at a police checkpoint at the entrance to the Kadhimiya district. Many of those killed were reportedly on their way to a Shia […]

Battle For Libya Airport Leaves At Least 47 Dead

Plane Crash

Militiamen have stepped up their assault on Libya’s main airport, controlled by rival fighters, which the health ministry said Monday had left at least 47 dead in a week. The fighting, which erupted on July 13 and shut Tripoli international airport, also injured 120 people, according to figures for the week until Saturday. The European […]

Israel, Hamas Begin Humanitarian Cease-Fire

Humanitarian Cease

Israel and Hamas have begun observing a five-hour humanitarian cease-fire, as fighting extended into a 10th day. The two sides agreed to the pause following a request by the United Nations so that supplies could be delivered to Gaza. Fighting continued in the lead-up to the start of the cease-fire Thursday. Police in the southern Gaza town […]

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