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Oil falls to near $102 amid Gaza peace efforts

July 23rd, 2014 No comments

The price of oil retreated to near $102 per barrel on Wednesday amid a new push for a cease-fire between Israel and Palestine and after Europe imposed additional sanctions on Russia that fell short of a heavy hit.
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Worldwide FGM ban sought at ‘Girl Summit’

July 23rd, 2014 No comments

Pakistani rights activist Malala Yousafzai speaks at the 'Girl Summit 2014' at Walworth Academy, on July 22, 2014 in LondonPrime Minister David Cameron called on Tuesday for a worldwide ban on female genital mutilation and child marriage as he launched the first UN-backed "Girl Summit" on issues that affect millions around the globe. Cameron announced that parents in Britain would face prosecution for failing to prevent their daughters from being subjected to FGM, while setting out steps to tackle both practices in developing nations. "Our aim is to outlaw FGM and child marriage everywhere for everyone," Cameron told the summit in London, to applause from an audience of experts and campaigners from around the world. FGM, which affects tens of millions of women, particularly in the Horn of Africa, ranges from removal of the clitoris to the mutilation and removal of other female genitalia.

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Lift Gaza ‘siege’ – Palestinian PM

July 23rd, 2014 No comments

The Palestinian PM calls for the Gaza blockade to be lifted as part of a ceasefire deal, as diplomatic efforts continue to end the conflict.
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Obama tells fundraiser Russia is financing Ukraine rebels

July 23rd, 2014 No comments

U.S. President Barack Obama accused Russia on Tuesday of financing Ukraine rebels and said challenges overseas were causing anxiety among Americans at home. Obama made his remarks during a fundraiser for Democrats in Seattle. The president been criticized for proceeding with a series of fundraisers outside Washington despite the crises in Ukraine and the Middle East. While high-dollar donors sipped wine and ate finger food, Obama noted conflicts in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Israel and Gaza had created a sense of anxiety.
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UN chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon

July 22nd, 2014 No comments

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, left, shakes hands with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah upon his arrival in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The two men were set to hold a joint news conference regarding the Israel-Hamas conflict. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday it is his "hope and belief" that his emergency mission to the Middle East will lead to an end to the fighting between Hamas and Israel "in the very near future."

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A Little Good News . . .

July 22nd, 2014 No comments

Bigger post aere coming,eanwhile, amid so much bad news, some good news from The Daily Star: “AUB joins NYU to digitize 100,000 Arabic volumes.”
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Airlines ban flights to Israel after rocket strike

July 22nd, 2014 No comments

Israeli police officers secure a destroyed house that was hit by a rocket fired by Palestinians militants from Gaza, in Yahud, a Tel Aviv suburb near the airport, central Israel, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. As a result, Delta Air Lines and U.S. Airlines decided to cancel their scheduled flights to Israel.(AP Photo/Dan Balilty)JERUSALEM (AP) — A Hamas rocket exploded Tuesday near Israel's main airport, prompting a ban on flights from the U.S. and many from Europe and Canada as aviation authorities responded to the shock of seeing a civilian jetliner shot down over Ukraine.

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U.N. Security Council considers Gaza ceasefire resolution

July 22nd, 2014 No comments

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Jordan circulated to the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday a draft resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the withdrawal of Israeli troops from the Hamas-dominated coastal enclave. It welcomes an Egyptian-led bid to end fighting between Israel and Hamas militants and “condemns all violence and hostilities directed against civilians and all acts of terrorism,” according to a draft obtained by Reuters. A similar resolution was adopted by the 15-member Security Council in 2009, with 14 votes in favor. The United States, a close ally of Israel, abstained because Washington first wanted to see the outcome of Egyptian mediation efforts at the time.
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Airlines halt flights into Israel

July 22nd, 2014 No comments

US and European airlines suspend flights into Israel’s Ben Gurion airport after Israeli police confirmed that a rocket landed one mile away.
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UN chief: ‘Start talking’ over Gaza

July 22nd, 2014 No comments

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pushes for an end to the Gaza conflict with a call in Israel for both sides to “start talking”.
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