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Gaza militants launch big rocket salvo at Israel

Gaza militants launch big rocket salvo at Israel

Palestinian militants launched a big rocket salvo at Israel early Sunday, endangering a unilateral cease-fire and opening the way for a possible expansion of the 20-day operation, which has already killed 1,047 Palestinians and 43 Israeli soldiers. The Israeli military said seven rockets were fired at southern Israel early Sunday, after Israel accepted but...

Old story, new twists in Gaza war

Old story, new twists in Gaza war

The third Gaza war is playing out much like the first one more than five years ago: The harrowing civilian toll in Gaza is now at the center of the discourse, eclipsing the rocket attacks by Hamas militants that were the stated reason for the Israeli assault. Then as now, a question persists: Beyond...

Hamas tunnel threat at center of war with Israel

Hamas tunnel threat at center of war with Israel

A network of tunnels Palestinian militants have dug from Gaza to Israel — dubbed "lower Gaza" by the Israeli military — is taking center stage in the latest war between Hamas and Israel. Gaza's Hamas rulers view them as a military game changer in its conflict with Israel. The Israeli military says the tunnels...

Pak cops foil attack against PM's home

Pak cops foil attack against PM's home

Pakistani police fought for more than 10 hours with militants they said were planning to attack the home of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, officials said Thursday. An intelligence officer and two militants were killed when the shootout erupted during an overnight operation in the eastern city of Lahore, said police chief Zulfiqar Hameed. Shuja...

Israel downs Gaza drone

Israel downs Gaza drone

The Israeli military said it downed a drone launched by Gaza militants on Monday, the first time it encountered an unmanned aircraft since the start of its offensive last week, as new Israeli airstrikes pushed the death toll from Israeli airstrikes to at least 175. Israel began its campaign against militants in the Hamas-controlled...

Key oil refinery 'seized by rebels' in Iraq

Key oil refinery 'seized by rebels' in Iraq

Sunni rebels in Iraq say they have fully captured the country's main oil refinery at Baiji, north of Baghdad. The refinery had been under siege for 10 days with the militant offensive being repulsed several times. The complex supplies a third of Iraq's refined fuel and the battle has already led to petrol rationing. Insurgents, led...

Pak offensive displaces 350,000

Pak offensive displaces 350,000

Some 350,000 people have been displaced since the start of an army offensive against militants in Pakistan's North Waziristan a week ago, officials say. Long lines of buses and lorries are reported waiting in intense heat for security clearance to enter the nearest town of Bannu. There are fears the refugees could spread polio, as...

Obama can 'bypass Congress' over Iraq action

Obama can 'bypass Congress' over Iraq action

US President Barack Obama had told Congressional leaders he does not need lawmakers' approval for any action in Iraq, the top Senate Republican says. Senator Mitch Mc McConnell was speaking after a meeting between the president and senior members of Congress. Iraq has asked for US air strikes against advancing Sunni militants. Meanwhile US Vice-President Biden...

US drone hits resume in Pakistan

US drone hits resume in Pakistan

The US has resumed its drones programme in Pakistan, with two strikes on militant strongholds in the North Waziristan tribal region overnight. Officials say at least three militants were killed with reports of 16 dead. It comes days after militants attacked Karachi international airport, killing 39 people, including 10 attackers. Washington agreed to suspend its drones...

'Dozens killed' in Boko Haram attack on Nigeria villages

'Dozens killed' in Boko Haram attack on Nigeria villages

Boko Haram militants have killed dozens of people in fresh attacks on villages in Borno state in northern Nigeria, the BBC has learnt. A local member of parliament confirmed the attacks and said that at least five other villages had been targeted. The Nigerian military has also denied reports that some of its men had...

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