|.||Palestinian officials in Gaza say more than 60 people were killed during Israeli military operations over the past 24 hours, making it the most deadly period since the latest conflict began July 8. More than 400 Palestinians have been killed in Operation Protective Edge, Israel’s military response to Hamas rocket attacks.|
|.|| The recent announcement that Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan will visit Baku in September is the latest indicator that a thaw in Azerbaijani-Iranian relations is underway.
The first signs of warming relations appeared in early April, when Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev visited Iran, where he met with his Irania
|.|| Ukraine has rejected any truce with pro-Russian separatists until the insurgents completely disarm, amid a call by Western leaders for Russia to intervene to calm tensions.
In a statement on July 8, Ukrainian Defense Minister Valeriy Heletey said “negotiations are possible only after the rebels lay down their arms
Mahmoud Abbas calls for an end to the offensive on Gaza as Israel maintains response to rocket attacks
|.|| The strikes are part of a campaign called ‘Operation Protective Edge’, designed to seek out suspected Hamas militants who had been firing rockets into southern Israel.
People were reportedly warned to evacuate
|.|| Even before the final results were in, the legitimacy of Afghanistan’s presidential election was being questioned.
The June 14 runoff between Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani was marred by allegations of widespread fraud, with each candidate claiming victory and neither appearing willing to accept defeat.
|.|| In Iraq, the president of the country’s autonomous Kurdish north, Massoud Barzani, has asked the regional parliament to prepare for a referendum on independence.
The recent dramatic change in the region means
|.||“We call on both sides to redouble their efforts at the negotiation table and to focus on the benefits that peace will bring to people across the region,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said during a daily press conference. “Obviously, inflammatory rhetoric and statements run counter to the principle of reducing tensions, and so we certainly think that that damages the peace process, and that’s|
|.||Please find enclosed Communication 1 to safeguard human rights of Mr. Abbas Leysanli (his penname but his passport name is Lisani), who is under prosecution by the Iranian authorities. Our organization takes the responsibility for this Communication and as have not been in contact with Mr. Leysanli in any way.|
|.|| Iraqi forces backed by Turkmen vigilante groups regained control in some areas of the Turkmen-majority city of Tal Afar following violent fighting with militants led by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant rebels, according to a Turkmen tribal leader.
“Special forces backed by local police and Turkmen tribal fighters managed to expel ISIL militants from many regions in Tal Afar,” Haydar Ali Joulaq, leader
|.|| It comes after the Kremlin announced Poroshenko and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin discussed a possible end to hostilities in the region.
Putin is also said to have discussed the death of two Russian journalists, killed yesterday during shelling near the eastern city of Luhansk.
|.|| After taking Mosul and much of the north of Iraq in the past week, militant group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have captured the northwestern city of Tal Afar.
Tel Afar is strategically important: it is located west of Mosul, the north’s main city, and east of Iraq’s border with Syria. It is also close to
|.|| Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki has asked parliament to declare a state of emergency and for there to be a “general mobilisation” of civilians to fight the militants.
He said there had been a total collapse of the country’s security forces.
The fall of Mosul
|.|| The front-runner in Afghan’s presidential election, Abdullah Abdullah, has survived a suicide bomb attack targeted at his convoy in Kabul.
Police told the BBC that six people were killed – including one of Mr Abdullah’s body guards – and at least 22 injured when two blasts hit a rally
|.|| President Obama met briefly Friday with Vladimir Putin about the violence in Ukraine, and Putin also spoke with his new Ukrainian counterpart.
The informal meetings came as Obama and other members of the Group of Seven nations threaten new sanctions on Russia if Putin does not meet new conditions
|.||Coming weeks will be a dangerous time for internet users as the virus called GameOver Zeus will attack computers harvesting personal and financial data. This will be one of the major cyber attacks in recent history.|