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Taliban Making Advances As U.S. Withdraws; Mob Violence Kills Three Ahmadis In Pakistan; Three Dead In Indian Communal Clashes

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Israel and Gaza See Tenuous Calm as U.N. Calls For Cease-Fire

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FP’s Situation Report: Flynn says eradicating Hamas could lead to something worse; Brokering a cease-fire is proving difficult; What does DoD know about SAMs in Ukraine?; The Taliban is gaining ground; and a bit more.

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Fears over massive Libya fuel fire

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Libya warns of a “humanitarian disaster” after a massive fire at a fuel storage site in Tripoli, as fighting between rival militias continues.
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UN calls for immediate Gaza truce

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The UN Security Council calls for an “immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire” in Gaza after the quietest night in weeks.
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China says may have citizens fighting in Iraq

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Wu Sike, China's Middle East Envoy, talks during his news conference in AmmanBy Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) – Muslim extremists from China's far western region of Xinjiang have gone to the Middle East for training and some may have crossed into Iraq to participate in the upsurge of violence there, China's special envoy for the Middle East said on Monday. China has repeatedly expressed concern about the upsurge in violence in Iraq and the march of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which has seized much of the north of the country as Baghdad's forces there collapsed. ISIL has renamed itself the Islamic State and proclaimed the establishment of a caliphate on land it has captured in Syria and Iraq.

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Israel ambassador in the US said that she was launching missiles at Israel

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The truce according to Israel

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I don’t think that I have seen this mentioned or highlighted in the US press, but according to the interpretation of the truce by Israel, its terrorist soldiers can continue their “operation” in the tunnels and can continue to kill whomever they see and can continue to occupy parts of Gaza–the parts that they dared to advance to. 

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Gaza’s Christians bury their first casualty of the war

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An image of Jesus Christ rests on the rubble of the home of Jalila Ayyad, a Christian woman killed following an Israeli airstike on her home in Gaza City on July 27, 2014Jalila Ayyad's widower George still had a black eye and bloodstains on his shirt as he processed ahead of her coffin, hours after the air strike that destroyed their home. Jalila, 60, was the first Christian casualty of a bloody Gaza war. The simple coffin — white with a black cross — was carried reverently down the marble stairs of the cemetery, and into the chapel of the Saint Porphyrius Greek Orthodox church in Gaza City. "She died under the rubble," said Jalila's nephew, Fuad Ayyad.

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U.N. Security Council calls for humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza

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An Israeli soldier checks his weapon atop a tank near the border with GazaBy Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council agreed on a statement on Sunday urging Israel, Palestinians and Islamist Hamas militants to implement a humanitarian truce beyond the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr and engage in efforts to achieve a durable ceasefire. The statement expresses strong support for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire, allowing for the delivery of urgently needed assistance" in Gaza, where Israeli troops and Hamas have been fighting for nearly three weeks. Gaza Strip residents and Reuters witnesses said Israeli shelling and Hamas missile launches slowly subsided on Sunday, suggesting a de facto truce might be taking shape ahead of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which begins on Monday. The Security Council statement, drafted by Jordan, "urged all parties to accept and fully implement the humanitarian ceasefire into the Eid period and beyond" and "calls on parties to engage in efforts to achieve a durable and fully respected ceasefire, based on the Egyptian initiative." Diplomatic efforts led by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to end the conflict have shown little sign of progress.

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