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Israel Initiates Ground Operations

The Israel Defense Forces initiated a ground operation into Gaza late Thursday, the Israeli government said.

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Thousands of Palestinians Flee Northern Parts of Gaza

BBC – Thousands of Palestinians are fleeing northern parts of Gaza after Israel warned it was targeting the area in its campaign to stop rocket attacks.

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Iraq Crisis: Gunman Kill at Least 29 in Baghdad

BBC – Gunmen have stormed two buildings in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, killing at least 29 people, officials say. At least 20 of those killed were said to be women.

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Israel to Resist International Pressure over Gaza

BBC – Israel will resist foreign pressure to halt its operations in Gaza,Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said.

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Obama: US Prepared to Broker Gaza Ceasefire

BBC – The US is prepared to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, President Barack Obama has said. His comments came during a phone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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More than 50 Bodies, including 2 Children, Found in Iraq

CNN – Iraq witnessed another violent day Wednesday as the country’s security and political crises deepen. More than 50 unidentified bodies were found in the predominantly Shiite town of Alexandria on Wednesday, Iraqi security officials said.

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Israel to Intensify Attacks on Hamas

BBC – Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to “further intensify attacks on Hamas” in the Gaza Strip, following talks with his defence chiefs.

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Hamas Fires Rockets at Israeli Cities after Gaza Offensive

BBC – Palestinian militants have fired more rockets at Israeli cities after the start of a major air and sea offensive by Israel in the Gaza Strip. Hamas launched several missiles toward Jerusalem on Tuesday night but did not hit the city. Earlier, Israel also intercepted a rocket fired at Tel Aviv.

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Israel Calls Up Reservists as Rockets Fly

CNN – Rockets flew between Israel and Hamas as tensions in the region continue their upward climb. Hamas security sources reported at least 30 Israeli airstrikes across Gaza on Monday night into Tuesday. According to medical sources, nine people were injured.

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Afghanistan Election: Ashraf Ghani Leads in Early Vote Count

BBC – Former Afghan Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani is leading the race to replace Hamid Karzai as president, according to preliminary results.

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