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Gazans dig dead from rubble

Gazans dig dead from rubble

Not a stone is left standing at the Najjar family home in southern Gaza. Friday it was a three-storey building, yesterday medics dug 22 bodies of out the crater where it once stood. The scene was one repeated across the Gaza Strip yesterday, as desperate residents ventured out during a fragile 12-hour truce only...

Single Israeli strike before truce kills 20

Single Israeli strike before truce kills 20

An Israeli air strike in southern Gaza hours before a humanitarian truce was declared killed 20 people, including 11 children, most of them from a single family, medics said. The strike in southern Khan Yunis hit the home of the Najjar family, killing at least 14 members of the clan, emergency services spokesman Ashraf...

  

Unrest-hit W Myanmar

UN envoy warns of 'permanent segregation'

Myanmar's plans for the future of a western region torn apart by Buddhist-Muslim unrest could result in "permanent segregation" of the two religious groups, a UN expert warned yesterday. The United Nations' human rights envoy to the country, Yanghee Lee, said there was a "deplorable" situation in displacement camps in Rakhine state, where deadly clashes two years ago have left some 140,000 homeless, mostly stateless Rohingya Muslims. Speaking as she wrapped up her first official visit to Myanmar, Lee warned that...

Attacks kill Ukraine mayor, target another

Two Ukrainian mayors have been targeted in separate attacks, authorities said yesterday, with one shot dead while the other's house was hit by an anti-tank rocket. Oleg Babayev, mayor of the central-eastern city of Kremenchuk was killed not far from his home, the interior ministry said. In the other attack, the house of Andry Sadovy, mayor of the western city of Lviv, was hit by a rocket fired late Friday. No one was in the house at the time of the strike,...

How King George V demanded Britain enter the First World War

How King George V demanded Britain enter the First World War

It is a letter that throws fresh light on one of the darkest periods in Britain's history. A note which has remained in private hands for a century details a previously undocumented meeting between George V and his Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey, on the eve of the First World War. The King, mindful of his position as a constitutional monarch, made no public declarations about the situation in Europe in the lead-up to the conflict. But in the newly-disclosed meeting, the King informed Sir Edward it was "absolutely essential" Britain go to war in order to prevent Germany from achieving “complete domination of this country”. When Sir Edward said the Cabinet had...

India-pak Talks

Truce violations will be part of talks

The Centre has signalled that the recent ceasefire violations will not impede the upcoming dialogue with Pakistan but would become a significant part of negotiations between the two South Asian neighbours. In a conversation with the media yesterday -- the 15 anniversary of the Kargil war, which is commemorated as Kargil Vijay Diwas – Indian Defence Minister Arun Jaitley stressed that ceasefire violations “itself is an issue” of the talks. Jaitley made this observation in response to a question on the...

IS could be added to Syria war crimes list

Islamic State fighters accused of atrocities in Syria are expected to be added to a list being drawn by the United Nations of possible war crime indictees, the chief rights investigator said Friday. Brazilian Paulo Pinheiro, who heads the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria, said incriminating evidence against IS would be easier to collect because "there are indications of a strong chain of command." "They are good candidates for the list," said Pinheiro, who briefed the UN Security Council on...

News In Brief

Iraq jihadists dynamite Shiite shrine in Mosul Afp, Mosul Sunni militants from the Islamic State group that controls large parts of Iraq have blown up a Shiite shrine in the city of Mosul, an official and witnesses said yesterday. Jihadists destroyed the Nabi Shiyt (Prophet Seth) shrine in Mosul, the de facto Iraqi capital of the "caliphate" proclaimed last month by Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Seth is revered in Christianity, Islam and Judaism as the third son of Adam...

When Will They Ever Learn?

When Will They Ever Learn?

Death Toll 1000+ Children 192 Since July 7, Israeli forces have killed more than 1,000 people in Gaza. Rights groups say about 80 percent of the casualties have been civilians, and Unicef said on Friday that 192 children have been the victims of the conflict. Every 7-year-old girl or boy in the Gaza Strip...

  

Israel’s raw terror

Israel’s raw terror

We apologise to our readers for this intrusion into their Eid-related happiness. It is the sheer barbarity of what the state of Israel has been engaged in that compels us to write. The hundreds who have been murdered in Gaza, the children whose lives have swiftly been snuffed out by Netanyahu's terrorism, the...