Wednesday 20 August 2014
 
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Hamas military chief's house bombed; wife, son killed

An Israeli air strike in Gaza killed the wife and infant son of Hamas's military leader, Mohammed Deif, the group said, calling it an attempt to assassinate him after a ceasefire collapsed. Palestinians launched more than 130 rockets, mainly at southern Israel, with some inte

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Balfour Beatty rejects third Carillion offer

British engineering company Balfour Beatty on Wednesday rejected Carillion's third merger proposal, saying it failed to address the risks in the deal and only represented a small increase in value. Carillion had gone public with its latest approach on Tuesday, valuing its riv

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Islamic State says it beheaded US journalist

Islamic State insurgents posted a video on Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of US journalist James Foley and images of another US journalist whose life they said depended on how the United States acts in Iraq. The video, titled "A Message To America," presented

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Gaza war resumes with deadly strikes, rocket fire

Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip fired rockets at Israel for a second day on Wednesday after fighting resumed with the collapse of truce talks and an Israeli air strike that killed three people in Gaza. Charging Israel had "opened a gateway to hell," Hamas's armed

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National Guard deploys as curfew lifted in US town

Missouri's governor lifted the curfew for the St. Louis suburb of the US town of Ferguson on Monday as National Guard troops were called out after days of violent unrest sparked by the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman. The National Guard deploy

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Brent edges up to $102, but still near 14-month low

Brent crude edged up towards $102 a barrel on Tuesday, but stayed near a 14-month low reached in the previous session on weak demand and easing concerns over risks to supply. Brent shed nearly $2 on Monday, as investor worries over conflict in Iraq eased, and as higher Libyan oil

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'We will drown all of you in blood': ISIS tells US

The Islamic State militant group that has seized large parts of Iraq and drawn the first American air strikes since the end of the occupation in 2011 has warned the US it will attack Americans "in any place" if the raids hit its militants. The video, which shows a photo

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Dozens killed in attack on convoy in Ukraine

Dozens of people, including women and children, were killed as they fled fighting in eastern Ukraine on Monday when their convoy of buses was hit by rocket fire, military spokesmen said. Ukraine accused pro-Russian rebels of targeting the convoy, which it said was bearing white f

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US bars American airlines from flying over Syria

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has barred all American airlines from flying over Syria, saying the ongoing conflict poses a "serious potential threat." The FAA had previously warned American carriers to avoid flying over Syria. The new rule requires operat

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Israel, Palestinians extend Gaza truce by 24 hours

Israel and the Palestinians agreed on Monday to extend a Gaza truce by another 24 hours, minutes before an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire was set to expire, officials on both sides said. Agreement was reached as gaps on key issues continued to dog efforts to achieve a long-term deal

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