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US declines to apportion blame after Israeli raid

WASHINGTON — The White House declined Tuesday to specifically condemn Israel for its raid on a humanitarian flotilla, but said it showed Middle East peace moves were now needed more than ever. Asked if President Barack Obama condemned Israel for the raid, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs stuck to the…

Witnesses deny that any of aid protesters were armed

BERLIN — Three visibly shaken Germans, who experienced a deadly raid by the Israeli military on an aid flotilla bound for Gaza, denied on Tuesday that anyone on board was armed, according to the news wire service AFP. “The Israeli government justifies the raid because they were attacked. This is…

Iran wants Israeli PM to face trial over flotilla raid

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday called for Israel’s prime minister and defence minister to face trial for the deadly raid on a Gaza aid flotilla in the eastern Mediterranean. The United States, Britain and France must also be held accountable for Monday’s Israeli raid on the flotilla…

Witness: No one armed on Gaza flotilla

Berlin – Three visibly shaken Germans, who experienced a deadly raid by the Israeli military on an aid flotilla bound for Gaza, denied on Tuesday that anyone on board was armed. “The Israeli government justifies the raid because they were attacked. This is absolutely not the case,” former member of…

Israel isolated as world demands raid probe

BRUSSELS (AFP) – Israel found itself isolated on the global stage Tuesday as world leaders demanded a swift and honest investigation into its deadly commando raid on a Gaza-bound humanitarian aid flotilla. A day after the pre-dawn assault in international waters which left nine pro-Palestinian activists dead, nations across the…

Protests erupt across world after Israeli raid

(AFP) – Tens of thousands of people joined angry protests across the world Monday after a deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, demanding retaliation and showing support for the Palestinians. In Turkey crowds took to the streets in several cities to vent fury after the storming of a…

Israeli allies freeze military ties over deadly Gaza ship raid

ANKARA — Israel’s allies froze military ties and summoned its ambassadors Monday over the storming of an aid flotilla bound for Gaza, as Muslim leaders slammed the deadly raid as “criminal” and “inhuman”. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he was “shocked” by the Israeli navy’s assault on a convoy…

Israel blames activists for deaths, cheers commandos for ‘bravery’

Netanyahu gives military ‘full backing’ over raid OTTAWA — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave his “full backing” Monday to Israel’s military forces after a raid on a flotilla carrying aid to the Gaza Strip, which left up to 19 people dead. “The prime minister… reiterated his full backing for…

UN chief calls for investigation of Gaza aid flotilla raid

KAMPALA — UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Monday he was “shocked” by a deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla and demanded a full investigation. “I am shocked by reports of killings and injuries of people on boats carrying supplies for Gaza,” the UN chief said at a…

Lawyer: Video proves murder of 7-year-old by Detroit police was ‘not an accident’

A&E film crew for “The First 48″ was present during police raid An attorney for the family of a 7-year-old girl who was killed by a police officer’s bullet during a weekend raid at their home said Monday that he saw video of the raid that contradicts the police department’s…

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