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Gaza braces for ground invasion as death toll mounts

Gaza is braced for a ground invasion by Israeli forces following intensified bombing that included the flattening of the headquarters of the Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh. As the Israeli military began the emergency call-up of up to 75,000 reservists, leaders from Turkey, Egypt and Qatar met in Cairo to discuss…

Iran warns against arming Syrian rebels

TEHRAN — Iran on Sunday warned against sending weapons to Syrian rebels battling its ally in Damascus, saying that this would threaten regional stability and increase the “risk of terrorism.” “Some countries envisage arming the opposition with heavy and semi-heavy weaponry,” Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said in a speech…

Moctezuma headdress stirs passions in Mexico and Austria

VIENNA — Steeped in myth and legend, the “Penacho”, a feather headdress supposedly worn by Aztec emperor Moctezuma II, continues to stir up passion in Austria and Mexico as it goes on display again after a years-long restoration. Some say it was brought to Europe by Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes,…

New Coptic Christian pope enthroned in Egypt

CAIRO — Pope Tawadros II was enthroned as the new leader of Egypt’s Coptic Christian minority on Sunday in a ceremony at Cairo’s St Mark’s Cathedral attended by Prime Minister Hisham Qandil. Dozens of Coptic clerics in flowing robes took part in the ceremony, the first in four decades, as…

Two rockets intercepted as Hamas targets Tel Aviv

TEL AVIV — Sirens sounded across Tel Aviv for a fourth straight day on Sunday, AFP correspondents said, as Israeli police confirmed two rockets had been intercepted over the city by the Iron Dome defence system. “Two rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome system,” police spokesman Luba Samri told…

Iran expects region to arm Palestinians against Israel

TEHRAN — Iran expects regional countries to send weapons to the Palestinians to help them fight Israel, parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani said on Sunday. “Although political measures taken by the regional countries are admirable, they are definitely not sufficient,” Larijani said in remarks reported by the official IRNA news agency.…

Eight reporters hurt in Gaza media center strikes

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories — Israeli jets on Sunday bombed two Gaza City media buildings, injuring at least eight journalists, with the Israeli army saying it had hit Hamas communications sites. Russia’s state-run RT global television broadcaster said its office was badly damaged in the incident, adding that none of…

Mexico’s Zetas drug cartel strikes gold in the coal business

They may be known for flashy cars and state of the art weaponry, but Mexican druglords have found an earthy new source of wealth: dirty old coal. They are mining it themselves in a coal-rich area along the US border or buying it from small mine operators, then reselling it…

Israeli strike hits Gaza media building, several hurt

An Israeli air strike hit a Gaza City media building on Sunday, injuring at least six journalists, as a separate raid in northern Gaza killed two people, Palestinian medical sources said. “At least six journalists were wounded, with minor and moderate injuries, when Israeli warplanes hit the al-Quds TV office…

Greeks commemorate crushed 1970s student uprising

Thousands of Greeks marched behind a blood-stained national flag on Saturday to commemorate the violent suppression of a 1973 student uprising against a US-backed military junta. The bloodied flag that flew over the Athens Polytechnic on the night of November 17, 1973 — seen as a key moment in the…

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