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Hamas rejects Gaza truce unless blockade ends

Hamas has rejected a ceasefire to end the 16-day offensive against Gaza unless Israel ends its blockade of the strip, its leader Khaled Meshaal has said.<p>"We reject today ... and will reject in the future" a ceasefire before negotiations on Hamas' demands, which include lifting years of blockade …

Iraq orders air force to help Kurds fight IS

Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has ordered his air force to back Kurdish forces against Islamic State fighters for the first time after the armed group made another dramatic push through the north, state television reported on Monday.<p>The Islamic State (IS) inflicted a humiliating defeat on …

Politician begs world to help Iraq's Yazidis

Kurdish forces and Islamic State fighters were clashing in a town only 40 kilometres southwest of the Kurdish regional capital of Erbil in northern Iraq, a senior Kurdish official said on Wednesday.<p>Jabbar Yawar, secretary-general of the ministry of the Kurdish peshmerga fighters, told the Reuters …

Iraq rocked by attacks across the country

Bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad and the Kurdish-controlled northern city of Kirkuk killed dozens of people, police and medical sources have said.<p>Suicide bomb attacks killed at least 35 people in Kadhimiya, a Shia area in northern Baghdad, and two other car bomb attacks killed nine …

Israel-Gaza air assaults continue amid U.S. efforts for truce

The death toll from Israel's aerial offensive over the Gaza Strip climbed past 100 on Friday, as a U.S. effort to forge a truce failed to halt the rockets aimed at Israeli cities and the airstrikes targeting Palestinian militants.<p>In four days of furious bombardment, the Israeli military has struck …