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Israel launches airstrikes after Gaza rocket fire

Cease fire ends after 72 hoursThe Israeli military said it carried out a series of airstrikes Tuesday across the Gaza Strip in response to renewed rocket fire, a burst of violence that broke a temporary cease-fire and endangered negotiations in Egypt over ending the monthlong war between Israel and Hamas.

The fighting occurred some eight hours before a temporary truce was set to expire. Egypt had persuaded Israel and Egypt to extend the truce by 24 hours to give more times for the negotiations.

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Palestinian and Israeli talks in Cairo lead to 24-hour ceasefire extension

Gaza cease fire extendedIsraeli and Palestinian negotiators agreed to extend a temporary ceasefire in Gaza by 24 hours on Monday night, as talks in Cairo struggled to secure a long-term deal to end the six-week conflict.

Long negotiations ended late on Monday night with the Palestinian delegation claiming the two sides were still some way from an agreement, and hinting that the ceasefire would not be extended again if a lasting truce still could not be finalised on Tuesday.

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A pregnant, suicidal rape victim fought Ireland's new abortion law. The law won

rape victim pregnant - Irish law winsThere is one thing that suicidal rape victims need: immediate assistance. But for one young woman in Ireland who was pregnant and seeking an abortion after reportedly being attacked, the only thing her government offered was the slow, bureaucratic violation of her humanity.

The unnamed woman, now 18, was reportedly raped as a minor and sought an abortion just eight weeks into her pregnancy. Even after experts found her to be suicidal – a prerequisite for abortion under a new Irish law – she was denied access to the procedure.

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Iran rocked by 6.3 magnitude earthquake

Iran earthquakeA 6.3 magnitude earthquake has struck a remote area in western Iran, leaving dozens injured and causing considerable damage.

The US Geological Survey said the quake hit 36km southeast of the western city of Abdanan, in Ilam province, close the border with Iraq.

USGS said the quake struck at 02:32 GMT on Monday, and its epicentre was at a depth of 10km.

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Julian Assange suffers from heart condition after two years in Ecuadorian embassy: report

Julian AssangeJulian Assange has developed a potentially life-threatening heart condition and other health problems while living inside the Ecuadorian embassy, but cannot leave to be hospitalized, according to a report.

The WikiLeaks founder, who has been holed up in the embassy in London since June 2012, is suffering from arrhythmia, a potential fatal irregular heartbeat, as well as a chronic lung condition and high blood pressure, a source told the Mail on Sunday.

Vitamin D deficiency caused by lack of sunlight is also damaging his health and could lead to further problems down the road, including weakened bones and diabetes.

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Another Front In Mideast Conflict: Fishing Rights In The Mediterranean

Gaza fishermenDown at the Gaza city harbor, a little after dawn, merchants wait with horses and carts and scales to weigh the morning's catch of fish.

But when they come in, the fish are small and few. One man scoops his catch up by the handful, tiny fish slipping through his fingers. Even the cats look hungry.

One of the merchants, Mohammad Belah, tells me that a few years ago, it wasn't like this.
"A fisherman used to bring 100 or 200 boxes in the past, but now if he's lucky he brings 10 or 20 boxes," he says.

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Strikes on militants at Iraq dam after 'massacre'

Strikes on ISISAirstrikes pounded the area around Iraq's largest dam on Saturday in an effort to drive out militants who captured it earlier this month, as reports emerged of the massacre of some 80 members of the Yazidi religious minority by Islamic extremists.

Residents living near the Mosul Dam told The Associated Press that the area was being targeted in airstrikes, but it was not immediately clear whether they were being carried out by Iraq's air force or the U.S., which last week began launching air strikes aimed at halting the advance of the Islamic State group across the country's north.

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