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Israel ‘wounds seven’ in Gaza raid: Palestinians

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories — Seven people were wounded in Gaza on Sunday by what Palestinian medical sources said was an Israeli air strike, but Israel denied it had carried out any such raid. Adham Abu Selmiya, spokesman for the Hamas-run medical services in the Gaza Strip, said four children…

UN may declare Palestine its own sovereign state

The United Nations may declare Palestine a sovereign state whose territory includes all of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem during its annual General Assembly meeting in September. According to the New York Times, support for a UN resolution to recognize an independent Palestinian state has steadily been growing.…

Puerto Rico, Virgin isles brace for Hurricane Earl

Powerful Hurricane Earl bore down on Puerto Rico and the neighboring Virgin Islands Monday, growing in strength as forecasters warned it could bring dangerous waves and flash floods. Earl was raised to a category three “major hurricane” early Monday packing winds of up to 120 miles (195 kilometers) an hour,…

Obama goes on the offensive deep in Republican territory

AUSTIN, Texas (AFP) – US President Barack Obama on Monday took a swing at opposition Republicans on a campaign fund-raising trip to the state capital of Texas, accusing them of not being serious about governing. Texas is the home state of George W. Bush, who was governor here before he…

US rules out military action against Venezuela

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States on Monday ruled out military action against Venezuela after Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez threatened to cut off oil supplies to the US if it backed a Colombian attack. “As we have stated in the past, the United States has no intention of engaging in…

Iran Red Crescent to send two aid ships to Gaza

TEHRAN — The Iranian Red Crescent has decided to send two aid ships to Gaza this week in the latest bid to break the blockade imposed on the Palestinian territory by Iran’s regional archfoe Israel. Red Crescent director for international affairs Abdolrauf Adibzadeh told the state IRNA news agency late…

Israeli order paves way for West Bank deportations: Report

JERUSALEM – A new Israeli military policy could see tens of thousands of people living in the occupied West Bank without permits deported or facing criminal charges, Israel’s Haaretz newspaper said on Sunday. The military, however, insisted the new orders merely formalized existing procedures and said there would be no…

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