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December 17, 2014
Palestinians seek Arab backing for UN resolution
United Nations, United States (AFP) Dec 17, 2014
The Palestinians on Wednesday sought Arab backing for a draft UN resolution that would set a two-year deadline for reaching a final settlement with Israel and pave the way to statehood. Jordan showed its reluctance to endorse the text, with the ambassador suggesting that a clash should be avoided at the UN Security Council over how to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. "We have to see with the Palestinians whether they would want to go with the text as is and risk whatever comes, or ... read more

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US urges caution as Palestinians bid for UN vote
The United States called for caution on Tuesday as Palestinians seek to push their hopes for statehood to the top of the UN agenda ahead of Israeli elections. ... more
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11/11/11 represents the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 when an armistice was declared on the Western Front ending World War I. President Woodrow Wilson subsequently declared November 11th Armistice Day. In 1954, the law renamed Armistice as Veteran's Day, not to be confused with Memorial Day that celebrates those Americans who gave their lives in battle. ... more
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Kerry meets European ministers on Palestinian UN bid
US Secretary of State John Kerry jetted into Paris Monday for late night talks with European counterparts seeking to head off a UN crisis over a Palestinian bid for statehood. ... more
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Israeli PM rejects Palestinian UN bid as he meets Kerry
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday angrily rejected a Palestinian bid to set a UN deadline for an end to Israel's occupation amid a flurry of talks led by US top diplomat John Kerry. ... more
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China's Xi says Nanjing Massacre undeniable on 77th anniversary
President Xi Jinping said Saturday that no one can deny the Nanjing Massacre, as China for the first time held a national day of remembrance for the Japanese military rampage that Beijing says killed 300,000 people. ... more
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Palestinians push UN bid as Kerry begins European talks
The Palestinian leadership on Sunday said it planned to submit a resolution to the UN Security Council setting a two-year deadline for Israel to end its occupation, as US Secretary of State John Kerry launched a flurry of European meetings to revive the stalled peace process. ... more
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Palestinian official dies in confrontation with Israeli troops
A senior Palestinian official died Wednesday after he was struck by Israeli forces during a protest march in the West Bank, prompting international calls for an investigation into the incident. ... more
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Sweden can't sue Israel over raids on Gaza aid ships
Sweden cannot sue Israel for raids against two international aid ships headed for Gaza even if the assaults were staged in violation of international law, prosecutors said Tuesday. ... more
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Four killed in violence in Indonesia's Papua
At least four teenagers were shot dead in eastern Indonesia's restive Papua province in clashes with security forces, authorities said Tuesday, although rights campaigners accused police of opening fire on protesters. ... more
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Study: Vikings were family men
Newly published research undermines the simplistic narrative of Vikings as a violent plunderers with a knack for sea travel. According to researchers at both the University of Oslo, in Norway, and Stockholm University, in Sweden, Vikings were family oriented and brought women along on trips to settle new lands. ... more
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Syria army repels jihadist advance on key air base: monitor
Syrian troops have repelled an attack by jihadists from the Islamic State group on a key military airport in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, a monitoring group said Sunday. ... more
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Blamed for Syria strikes, Israel vows to stop arms to 'terrorists'
Israel said Monday it will not allow "sophisticated weapons" to fall into the hands of its enemies, after furious claims from Syria that Israeli warplanes carried out air strikes near Damascus. ... more
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Gunmen kill 7 Lebanese soldiers in ambush near Syria
Gunmen killed seven Lebanese soldiers in an ambush on their patrol Tuesday in the east of the country near the border with war-ravaged Syria, a military source said. ... more
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Destruction of Syria chemical facilities hit by delays
Syria on Tuesday blamed delays in the destruction of its remaining chemical weapons production facilities on technical problems, including the delivery of explosives, and denied it was being uncooperative. ... more
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UNESCO calls for 'protected cultural zones' in Syria, Iraq
UNESCO chief Irina Bokova on Wednesday called for the creation of "protected cultural zones" to save heritage sites in conflict-torn Iraq and Syria that were at risk of "cultural cleansing". ... more
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Palestinian woman shot after stabbing Israeli: army
The Israeli army shot and wounded a Palestinian woman on Monday after she stabbed an Israeli civilian near a Jewish settlement bloc in the southern West Bank, the military said. ... more
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US again rules out Syria no-fly zone
Washington ruled out Monday any imminent plans to create a no-fly zone along the Turkey-Syria border, brushing aside reports that US officials are in talks with Ankara about a refugee safe haven. ... more
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More than 500 dead in Syria regime raids since Oct: monitor
More than 500 people have been killed in 2,000 air strikes across Syria by regime forces over the past 40 days, a monitoring group said Friday. ... more
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Egypt brands jihadist IS a 'terrorist group'
An Egyptian court on Sunday branded the Islamic State jihadist group operating in Iraq and Syria a "terrorist" organisation, the official news agency MENA reported. ... more
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Israel should pay Arabs to leave: Lieberman
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman suggested Friday that Israel should offer "economic incentives" to encourage Arab Israelis to leave the country and relocate to a future Palestinian state. ... more
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Syria army kills dozens in ambush east of Damascus
Syrian troops have killed 50 "terrorists" in an ambush in the largely rebel-controlled countryside east of Damascus, according to state media. ... more
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Captive Colombia general's release delayed to Sunday
Colombia's FARC guerrillas said Thursday they will free a general whose capture has derailed peace negotiations a day later than announced, delaying efforts to get the talks back on track. ... more
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Australian treatment could save wounded soldiers: scientists
Australian scientists Wednesday said they have developed a "breakthrough treatment" to help soldiers severely wounded in battle, with the US to fund further research. ... more
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FARC to free captive Colombia general Saturday: president
Colombia's FARC guerrillas will on Saturday release an army general whose capture has derailed peace negotiations, President Juan Manuel Santos announced, saying the necessary security protocols were in place. ... more
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