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Hamas agrees to Egypt-brokered Gaza ceasefire

An Egyptian-brokered ceasefire in the Gaza conflict will go into effect later on Tuesday, a Hamas official said, even as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton headed to the region to try to put an end to the Gaza conflict. "A

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Mursi has scarce room for action on Gaza

Egypt's ruling Islamists are working for a truce in Gaza to show off their regional clout and reassure major donor the United States, but stern rhetoric against Israel to appease an angry support base is unlikely to translate into serious ac

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Syria jets bomb cities, truce 'practically over'

Syrian jets have bombarded Sunni Muslim regions in Damascus and around the country, activists said, as President Bashar al-Assad kept up air strikes against rebels despite a UN-brokered truce that now appears to be in tatters. The

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Syria bombards major cities, weakening truce

Syrian opposition activists reported a return to heavy government bombardment in major cities on Saturday, further undermining a truce intended to mark the Muslim Eid al-Adha religious holiday. Activists in the eastern city of Dei

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Syria declares truce, but will respond to attacks

  Syria's army command said it will suspend military operations to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, declaring a ceasefire from Friday morning to Monday but saying it reserved the right to respond to rebel attacks and b

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First truce monitors set to arrive in Syria

An initial team of UN ceasefire monitors is due to arrive in Syria on Sunday evening and will be deployed on Monday, the spokesman for international mediator Kofi Annan said. They will be joined by at least two dozen more in coming days in

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Syrian forces shell Homs, breaking truce

Syrian forces shelled two central districts in the battered city of Homs throughout the night and into Saturday morning, a resident activist and a human rights group said, the first bombings since a ceasefire took hold on Thursday. "There

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Syrian forces, rebels in first clash after truce

Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad fought rebels near the border with Turkey on Friday, activists said, the first clash since a UN-brokered ceasefire came into effect a day earlier. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Hu

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Syrian army to halt operations on Thursday

The Syrian army will stop operations on Thursday morning but remain on alert to confront any attacks, Syrian state television quoted a defence ministry source as saying. 'After our armed forces carried out successful missions in combat

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Syria violence continues amid truce deadline

Syrian troops killed 31 people on Tuesday, pursuing a fierce assault on opposition instead of silencing their big guns as promised under a fraying international peace plan. The worst bloodshed was in the city of Homs, where shelling of opp

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