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Pakistanis cheer Bin Laden at anti-Israel rally

Thousands of people rallied Friday in southwest Pakistan, near the Afghan border, against Israel’s strikes on the Gaza Strip, cheering support for Al-Qaeda’s Osama bin Laden, police said. The rally in the town of Chaman was organised by the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam political party and was the biggest yet in Pakistan against the Israeli campaign in…

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January 9, 2009

 

Deaths rise to at least 763 as Israel resumes attacks after three-day pause

ISRAEL-GAZA BORDER AREA: Israeli warplanes bombed the Gaza Strip on Thursday (January 8) and tanks pounded Palestinian guerrillas on the ground as U.S. backing for a proposed truce raised expectations of an end to the offensive. Israel's assault resumed fiercely after a brief pause of three days on Wednesday to help Gaza's 1.5 million residents…

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January 8, 2009

 

Hamas launch rockets into southern Israel, no casualties

ISRAEL-GAZA BORDER AREA: Palestinian militants fired rockets towards southern Israel on Wednesday (January 7) as both Israel and Hamas studied an Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire. Video footage captured one rocket as it was fired from a village in northern Gaza toward Israel. At least eight Hamas rockets hit southern Israel, causing no casualties. Medical…

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January 7, 2009

 

UNSC. Arab FMs pressurise Israel to halt attacks as deaths rise to at least 635

UNITED NATIONS: Foreign ministers from U.N. Security Council (UNSC) members and Arab states piled pressure on Israel on Tuesday (January 6) to end its 11-day attack on the Gaza Strip as the number of civilian deaths there mounted to at least 635 including more than 160 children and around 2,700 wounded. French Foreign Minister Bernard…

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January 7, 2009

 

World leaders gather in NY to affect Israel-Gaza ceasefire

NEW YORK: The U.N. debates the conflict in Gaza as Security Council diplomats say it will take at least several days to prepare a ceasefire resolution for a vote. At least 635 Palestinians have been killed since Israel began the campaign last month with the declared aim of ending rocket attacks by Hamas. Nine Israelis,…

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January 7, 2009

 

Israel ready for ground assault on Gaza

WASHINGTON: A U.S. television reported Friday that Israel is poised to launch a major ground offensive into Gaza tonight after allowing hundreds of foreigners living in the devastated territory to evacuate. Meanwhile, U.S President Bush urged all able parties to press the Islamist group Hamas to stop firing on Israel to facilitate a lasting ceasefire,…

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January 3, 2009

 

Israel to decide on Gaza ground assault: White House

WASHINGTON: Israel must decide for itself whether to go into the Gaza Strip with ground forces, the White House said on Friday, but it cautioned any actions should avoid civilian casualties and ensure the flow of humanitarian goods. White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe did not directly answer questions about whether the United States thought a…

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January 2, 2009

 

Mubarak calls on Israel to end its attacks on Gaza

RAFAH/AL-ARISH AND CAIRO: Egypt's President on Tuesday (December 30) called on Israel to stop its attacks on Gaza and said that Egypt would not open border crossings completely because that would facilitate Israel's plan to divide Gaza from the Occupied West Bank. President Hosni Mubarak said that while Egypt cannot open the borders entirely, they…

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December 30, 2008

 

Israel deploys tanks along Gaza border

ISRAEL-GAZA BORDER AREA: Israel began deploying tanks along its border with the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on Sunday morning (December 28) after Defence Minister Ehud Barak said the Jewish state does not rule out a ground offensive into the coastal enclave. During the night, Israel bombed a mosque in Gaza City as part of its raids…

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December 28, 2008

 

UNSC approves Israel ceasefire resolution

NEW YORK: United Nations Security Council in an emergency meeting held here approved a resolution asking Israel to ceasefire forthwith and its continued deadly operation in Gaza. It may be recalled that Israeli air strikes on Gaza City had left 230 dead mostly civilians and over 700 injured on Saturday and, thereby, an emergent meeting…

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December 28, 2008

 

Tensions rise in Gaza as Israel considers wide scale operation

GAZA-ISRAEL BORDER: Tensions were running high in the Middle East on Monday (December 22) as Israel considered measures to curb violence with the Gaza Strip, after a six-month ceasefire with Hamas expired. The ceasefire came to an end on Friday with a surge of cross-border fighting. Israel said a wider offensive was being planned, but…

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December 22, 2008

 

Pakistan asks Israel to reconsider its policies

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan on Friday called on Israel to “seriously” reconsider its policies and unilateral actions imperiling besieged Palestinians, and move towards a comprehensive settlement of the to the decades-old Middle East conflict. “Particular responsibility lies with the occupying power, both in Palestine and Kashmir,” Ambassador Abdullah Hussain Haroon told the UN Security Council in…

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December 19, 2008

 

Israel military on alert for settler violence

JERUSALEM: Israel placed military and police forces on alert Friday to head off new violence after the evacuation of a disputed West Bank building escalated tensions between the government, extremist settlers and Palestinians to a peak. Army forces were beefed up across the West Bank, defense officials said. The move follows the eviction of settlers…

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December 5, 2008

 

Obama’s choice of Hillary gladdens Israel

TEL AVIV: President-elect Barack Obama’s choice of Hillary Clinton as secretary of state gladdens Israel, but does not over joy Arabs and Iranians keen for a new start after eight years of perceived US policy calamities. Clinton talked tougher than Obama when they were vying to be the Democratic presidential candidate, decrying her rival’s “naive”…

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December 2, 2008

 

Israel displays latest developments in robotics

HERZELIYA: Israel's leading robotic industries displayed their latest innovations, ranging from devices for combat use to medical use. “I believe that given the strength of the Israeli industry in electronics and in software development and in communications, all we need is just to integrate all of it with hardware and we can be the super-power,…

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November 24, 2008

 

Iran executes businessman for spying for Israel

TEHRAN: Iran announced on Saturday (November 22) it has executed an Iranian businessman convicted of spying for Israel. It said Ali Ashtari was hanged on Monday (November 17). A judiciary statement said he'd been arrested in 2006 after working with Israel's foreign intelligence agency Mossad for three years. Tensions have run high in recent months…

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November 23, 2008

 

E.U. urges ISrael to allow essential services into Gaza

LONDON: The European Union has urged Israel to respect international law by allowing essential services into the Gaza strip as its blockade takes a heavy toll on the impoverished Palestinian territory. E.U. external relations commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner said in a statement that E.U. was concerned about the consequences for the Gazan population of the complete…

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November 14, 2008

 
 
 
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