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Israel, Hamas agree on long-term Gaza truce

The Palestinians have reached agreement with Israel on a "permanent" truce for Gaza, a senior official told AFP on Tuesday, in a move Hamas hailed as a "victory."

South Asian nations break the ice, take up rice bucket challenge

Water-starved South Asian nations have devised their own answer to the Ice Bucket Challenge taking the social media world by storm, instead filling buckets with rice and other supplies for the needy.

Twin disasters spark Malaysia Airlines crew resignations

Nearly 200 cabin crew have resigned from Malaysia Airlines which was hit by two deadly tragedies this year, the carrier said on Tuesday, and some reportedly cited fears for their safety.

Video of captured Russian soldiers released

Kiev's security services on Tuesday released video purporting to show captured Russian paratroopers confessing to entering Ukrainian territory in an armoured convoy.

Sony network hacked, top official's flight diverted

A Twitter account called Lizard Squad tweeted to American Airlines that there might be explosives on the plane carrying John Smedley, the president of Sony Online Entertainment, which makes video games.

US, Chinese officials to meet at Pentagon after jet intercept

US and Chinese military officials will hold talks on rules of behavior at the Pentagon on Wednesday and Thursday, a US official said, days after the United States denounced a "dangerous" Chinese jet intercept of a US Navy patrol plane.

Ferguson: Mourners urge black Americans to take action

Mourners gathered Monday to remember Michael Brown in an emotional service that consecrated the killing of the black 18-year-old by a white police officer as another in the long history of the civil rights movement, and implored black Americans to change their protest chants into law.

Chinese satellite detects tunnels in N Korean border

Chinese police have detected dozens of cross-border tunnels with the help of a high definition satellite in troubled Muslim-majority Xinjiang province as well as northeast area bordering North Korea.

US prepares military options in Syria against IS

The US is preparing military options to pressure Islamic State in Syria, US officials said on Monday, but they cautioned no decision had been made to expand US action beyond the limited airstrikes under way in Iraq.

50 days of war in Gaza

Key events in the Gaza war that enters its 50th day on Tuesday and has killed more than 2,100 Palestinians and 68 on the Israeli side.

Ukrainian forces battle armoured column from Russia

Kiev said its forces were battling an armoured column that crossed from Russia on Monday, as Moscow unveiled plans for a new aid convoy for  east Ukraine, ramping up tensions on the eve of talks on the conflict.

‘Foley beheading video was staged’

Footage of James Foley’s death at the hands of a British ISIS militant shocked the world when it went viral last week with President Barack Obama describing the terror group as a “cancer”.

Historic Hindu temple faces demolition in Pak

A historic Hindu temple in Pakistan’s garrison city of Rawalpindi is facing demolition to make way for barracks for soldiers, outraging the minority community in the country.

In moving smuggled letter, US journo James Foley told of captive life

Murdered US hostage James Foley told his parents of his life imprisoned with 17 other captives in a Syrian dungeon, in a moving smuggled letter.

‘Fascinating and yet approachable’

Hollywood celebrities like actor Ben Kingsley and director Steven Spielberg led homage to filmmaker Richard Attenborough, who died after prolonged illness.
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