Thursday 21 August 2014
 
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UN declares emergency for Iraq humanitarian crisis

The United Nations has called its highest level of emergency for the humanitarian crisis in Iraq. The move comes after hundreds of thousands have been driven from their homes and tens of thousands have been trapped in a desert mountain by the advance of Islamic militants across the nor

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Momentum behind London property boom fading

Momentum behind London's property boom appears to be fading, according to a survey on Thursday that added to signs that rapid house price growth in Britain is starting to moderate. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors' monthly house price balance eased to 49 in Ju

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EU wants to stop Islamic State oil sales from Syria

The European Union is looking into how it could tighten sanctions to stop Islamic State militants from selling oil from fields they have overrun in Syria, a European diplomat said on Wednesday. The issue could come up at an emergency meeting of EU foreign ministers called for Fri

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Renewed Israel, Palestinian truce off to shaky start

Israel and the Palestinians renewed a truce that had largely tempered a five-week-old war, but the deal got off to a shaky start on Thursday with rockets from Gaza slamming into Israel and Israel retaliating with air strikes. Hamas, which denied involvement in firing some of what

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France to supply arms to Kurds ‘in hours’

France will supply arms "in the coming hours" in response to a request for Iraq's Kurdish leadership, President Francois Hollande's office said on Wednesday. "To meet the urgent needs voiced by the Kurdish regional authorities, the head of state (Hollande)

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