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Israel targets 2 Gaza mosques in latest airstrikes

<b>GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip</b> -- Fighting between Israel and Gaza militants raged on Monday despite claims of new cease-fire efforts as hundreds of Israelis …

Syria ready to cooperate with U.N. to fight terror

The Syrian regime says it's ready to accept support from the United States and others working under the U.N. umbrella to fight "terrorists."<p>The comments, by Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem, were made Monday as ISIS fighters seized control of a strategically important air base in the …

Boko Haram declares 'Islamic state' in northern Nigeria

<b>Militant group Boko Haram has said it has set up an Islamic state in the towns and villages it has seized in north-eastern Nigeria.</b><p>Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau was speaking in a video released to congratulate his fighters for seizing the town of Gwoza earlier this month.<p>It is not clear if Mr …

Africa

Mozambique rivals agree ceasefire ahead of elections

<b>The government of Mozambique has signed a ceasefire with the Renamo opposition party in a bid to end hostilities ahead of elections in October.</b><p>The deal follows two years of low-level clashes between armed members of Renamo and government forces.<p>In 2013 Renamo withdrew from a peace deal signed more …

Africa

Rival second Libyan assembly chooses own PM as chaos spreads | Reuters

BENGHAZI Libya/CAIRO (Reuters) - The Libyan parliament that was replaced in an election in June reconvened on Monday and chose an Islamist-backed deputy as the new prime minister, leaving the chaotic country with two rival leaders and assemblies, each backed by armed factions.<p>Smoke is seen rising …

US denies paying ransom as Qatar secures release of journalist in Syria

The US has unequivocally denied paying any money at all to the Syrian extremist group that until Sunday held an American journalist hostage.<p>Whatever prompted Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaida’s chosen affiliate in Syria, to release Peter Theo Curtis, the government of Qatar, increasingly a regional power …