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Hamas gunmen execute 18 Israel “collaborators”

A Hamas militant grabs a Palestinian suspected of collaborating with Israel, before being executed in Gaza City August 22, 2014.

Hamas-led gunmen in Gaza executed 18 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel on Friday, a day after Israeli forces killed three Hamas commanders, the highest-ranking militants to die in the six-week war. Militants wearing masks and dressed in black gunned down seven of those condemned, whose faces were covered and hands bound, in front of worshippers emerging from the Omari mosque on ...

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Ebola crisis: Senegal closes Guinea border

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Senegal has closed its border with Guinea because of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, despite warnings that such measures are counterproductive. Senegal also banned flights and ships from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – the three worst-hit countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) says travel bans do not work, especially if they stop doctors going to help tackle the ...

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Malaysia observes silence for MH17

Family members observed a minute of silence following the arrival of the plane

Malaysians observed a moment of silence following the arrival in Kuala Lumpur of the bodies of 20 Malaysian victims of Flight MH17 that crashed in Ukraine in July. A specially chartered plane took off from Amsterdam and landed around 10:00 local time (02:00 GMT). National flags are flying at half-mast for the day of mourning. Flight MH17 is believed to ...

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Egypt tour bus collision kills 33 near Sharm El-Sheikh

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Two tour buses have collided near Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula, leaving 33 people dead and 41 injured, officials say. One of the vehicles overturned in the crash which happened early in the morning about 50km (31 miles) from the popular holiday destination. Ukrainian, Saudi and Yemeni citizens are said to be among the injured, some of whom are ...

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Ebola: SA bans incomers from West Africa

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South Africa says non-citizens arriving from Ebola-affected areas of West Africa will not be allowed into the country. The health ministry said borders would be closed to all non-citizen travellers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. South African nationals will be allowed to re-enter the country when returning from high-risk countries, but will undergo strict screening. All non-essential outgoing travel ...

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US Ebola patients out of hospital

Ebola survivor Dr Kent Brantly: "I am thrilled to be alive"

One of the US aid workers who recovered from an Ebola infection is “thrilled to be alive” as he and another patient are discharged from hospital. Dr Kent Brantly, 33, thanked supporters for their prayers at a news conference in Atlanta. Nancy Writebol, 59, was discharged on Tuesday. The two were brought to the US for treatment three weeks ago. ...

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Boko Haram ‘control police academy’

The Liman Kara police college in Borno state is likely to have weapons on site

Northern Nigeria’s riot police training academy has been overrun by Boko Haram Islamist militants, a witness in Borno state has told the BBC. Shots were heard after the militants arrived in three armoured vehicles and on dozens of motorcycles, he said. A police spokesman confirmed the attack while a senior security source said it had not been possible to communicate ...

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Liberia police fire at Monrovia Ebola protests

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Police in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, have fired live rounds and tear gas during protests after a quarantine was imposed to contain the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Residents of the capital’s West Point slum area say the barbed wire blockade stops them buying food and working. Four people are said to have been injured in the clashes. Liberia has ...

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Israel kills three top Hamas commanders

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An Israeli air strike on a house in Gaza has killed three senior Hamas military commanders, militants say. Mohammed Abu Shamala, Mohammed Barhoum and Raed al-Attar died in the attack near the southern town of Rafah. They were among at least 19 killed, a day after Hamas’s military chief Mohammed Deif reportedly survived a strike that killed his wife and ...

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New US strikes in Iraq after IS Foley video

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US aircraft have launched fresh strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in northern Iraq, despite threats from the group to kill a second American captive in retribution for continued attacks. US Navy fighters and drones provided air cover to Kurdish and Iraqi forces battling IS near the city of Mosul. On Tuesday the group released a video showing the beheading ...

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