Egypt proposes cease-fire between Israel, Hamas

Jul 15, 2014

Egypt proposes cease-fire between Israel, Hamas

Egypt presented a cease-fire plan Monday to end a week of heavy fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip that has left at least 185 people dead, and both sides said they were seriously considering the proposal. The late-night offer by ...

Gaza rockets hit Israel despite military push

Jul 14, 2014

Gaza rockets hit Israel despite military push

Israel says its punishing air assault on Hamas militants, their property and their weaponry has delivered a devastating blow to the Islamic militant group. Yet rocket fire at Israel has continued almost unabated. The military says that due to years of generous Iranian shipments, ...

Gaza crisis: haven't we been here before?

Jul 14, 2014

Gaza crisis: haven't we been here before?

If the Israel-Hamas fighting feels like a rerun, that’s because it is. This is the third round of Hamas rockets and Israeli airstrikes since the Islamic militant group seized control of the Gaza Strip in 2007. And issues each time seem much the same: ...

Boko Haram-style attacks puncture peace in south Nigeria

Jul 14, 2014

Boko Haram-style attacks puncture peace in south Nigeria

As long as violence perpetrated by Islamist militants was more or less contained in Nigeria’s remote northeast, the attitude of many citizens and expatriates in the prosperous south was a shrug of the shoulders. But growing evidence that Boko Haram, or other violent groups ...

Boko Haram chief claims Lagos, Abuja attacks in new video

Jul 13, 2014

Boko Haram chief claims Lagos, Abuja attacks in new video

The head of Nigeria’s Boko Haram militant group has claimed responsibility for a bombing in the capital Abuja and an attack hours later in Lagos which the authorities tried to cover up, in a video obtained by reporters on Sunday. In the 16-minute video, ...

Belfast parade ends without clashes for first time in years

Jul 13, 2014

Belfast parade ends without clashes for first time in years

A flash-point Protestant parade in Northern Ireland’s capital ended without violence for the first time in decades on Saturday when marchers agreed to turn around before passing a Catholic area of Belfast. Pro-British Protestants hold marches every July 12 in the British-ruled province to ...

Hamas media war targets Israelis and Palestinians

Jul 13, 2014

Hamas media war targets Israelis and Palestinians

by Sara Hussein

The music video opens with Palestinian Hamas fighters in fatigues building, transporting and then firing rockets at Israel — but the triumphant lyrics are being sung in Hebrew, not Arabic. “We prepare a generation of warriors who cling to death like the enemy clings ...

Underage fighters drawn into Iraqi war

| Jul 13, 2014

Underage fighters drawn into Iraqi war

A video on a boy’s phone shows him firing a heavy machine gun mounted on a tripod through a hole in a crumbling building, his slender body shaking from the kickback. “We were kind of nervous, not because we are cowards, because it was ...

Gaza families bear brunt of Israel's 'pinpoint strikes'

Jul 13, 2014

Gaza families bear brunt of Israel's 'pinpoint strikes'

by Noah Browning

The Israeli military’s “pinpoint strikes” on houses in the Gaza Strip have killed whole families and children but few of the wanted men they are meant to target because they have long made themselves scarce, Palestinian residents say. After five days of cross-border barrages ...

Horror as Gaza handicapped care facility bombed

Jul 13, 2014

Horror as Gaza handicapped care facility bombed

by Mai Yaghi

Twenty-year-old Palestinian Sally Saqr lies in a hospital bed in Gaza’s Shifa hospital with burns that have turned her cheeks an angry pink beneath her ventilation tube. She survived an Israeli strike in the early hours of Saturday morning that hit a care home ...