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Israel strike ‘targeted Hamas chief’

August 20th, 2014 No comments

The wife and child of Hamas militant leader Mohammed Deif have reportedly been killed as Israeli air attacks leave 11 people dead in Gaza.
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Souag on a Possible Mehri Loanword in Berber

August 20th, 2014 No comments

More vacation posts are coming soon. Meanwhile,  I wanted to point you to another interesting post by linguist Lameen Souag: “A South Arabian loan into Libyan Berber?”  You’ll recall that I posted a while back about the surviving non-Arabic South Arabian languages (“The Endangered South Aranisn Languages of Oman and Yemen”) including Mehri. After previously debunking myths that Berber and Mehri are related and that Berber is descended from Arabic, he now finds an apparent example of a Mehri loanword in Libyan Zuwara Berber. Coincidence or actual borrowing? Both languages belong to the greater Afro-Asiatic language family, but to quite distinct subfamilies (Berber and South Semitic).

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Islamic State says beheads U.S. journalist, holds another

August 20th, 2014 No comments

In this Friday, May 27, 2011, file photo, journalist James Foley responds to questions during an interview with The Associated Press, in Boston. A video by Islamic State militants that purports to show the killing of Foley by the militant group was released Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Foley, from Rochester, N.H., went missing in 2012 in northern Syria while on assignment for Agence France-Press and the Boston-based media company GlobalPost. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)By Alexander Dziadosz and Oliver Holmes BAGHDAD/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Islamic State insurgents released a video on Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of U.S. The video, titled "A Message To America," was posted on social media websites.

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Israel hits Gaza after new rockets

August 19th, 2014 No comments

Israel’s military says it has carried out air strikes in the Gaza Strip in response to fresh rocket fire, hours before a ceasefire was set to expire.
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Saudi prince robbed in Paris was ‘playboy son of former king’

August 19th, 2014 No comments

Saudi Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Fahd fell victim to a spectacular armed raid in Paris, losing 250,000 euros in the processThe Saudi prince who fell victim to a spectacular armed raid in Paris, losing 250,000 euros in the process, was the youngest son of the former King Fahd with something of a globetrotting playboy reputation, it emerged Tuesday. Sources at Le Bourget airport, where the prince's private jet was waiting, and police sources told AFP the victim was Abdul Aziz Bin Fahd, the multi-millionaire son of King Fahd, who died in 2005. The gang stole 250,000 euros ($335,000) and documents, but released the aides and later torched the prince's Mercedes and one of their own cars in a village northeast of Paris.

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Accidental US Embassy shooting in Jordan wounds 2

August 19th, 2014 No comments

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — An accidental shooting at the U.S. Embassy in Jordan wounded two local guards Tuesday, authorities said.
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Egypt picks consortium to draft Suez plan

August 19th, 2014 No comments

FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 file photo, Egyptian fishermen fish in front of a Maltese ship crossing the Suez Canal in Ismailia, Egypt. Egypt selected a consortium of Egyptian and the Persian Gulf companies to develop the government's mega project to transform the Suez Canal waterway into a hub of international investment and free trade zones, officials said on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014.(AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)CAIRO (AP) — Egypt selected a consortium of Egyptian and the Persian Gulf companies Tuesday to develop the government's mega project to transform the Suez Canal waterway into a hub of international investment and free trade zones, officials said.

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UN launches northern Iraq aid push

August 19th, 2014 No comments

A major aid operation to reach more than half a million people displaced by fighting in northern Iraq is launched by the UN refugee agency UNHCR.
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Obama: Iraq has regained control of Mosul dam

August 18th, 2014 No comments

President Barack Obama speaks in the James Brady Press Briefing Room in the White House in Washington, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. Taking a two-day break from summer vacation, Obama met with top advisers at the White House to review developments in Iraq and in racially charged Ferguson, Mo., two trouble spots where Obama has ordered his administration to intervene. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama hailed the recapture of Mosul dam Monday as a "major step forward" as a barrage of U.S. airstrikes helped Kurdish and Iraqi forces score the biggest victory of its counteroffensive against the Islamic State militants.

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Obama urges Iraqis to unite because ‘the wolf’s at the door’

August 18th, 2014 No comments

President Barack Obama urged Iraqis on Monday to quickly form an inclusive government to unite against Islamic militants, warning “the wolf’s at the door” and that U.S. Speaking to reporters at the White House, Obama vowed to avoid the kind of “mission creep” that could deepen the U.S. Obama emerged from talks with his top national security aides about Iraq to declare U.S. The president’s meetings came on a brief stop in Washington before he returns to his two-week vacation on the Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard.
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