Monthly Archives: August 2014

Ukraine defiant on National Day as rebels parade captives

German Chancellor Angela Merkel meeting with Ukrain President Porochenko in Kiev at the weekend.

By Richard Balmforth and Thomas Grove Ukraine marked its independence day on Sunday with a military march-past in Kiev intended to send a message of defiance to Russia, but pro-Moscow rebels countered by parading captured Ukrainian troops through the streets of their main stronghold. The rival events highlighted the divide that will have to be bridged if a compromise on Ukraine is to be reached on Tuesday when Russian President Vladimir Putin meets his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko for the first time in months. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who visited Kiev on Saturday to try to lay the ground-work for a peace deal, said Tuesday’s talks were unlikely to produce … Continue reading

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African scholars to boycott Israeli academic institutions

Palestinians collect body parts in a classrom bombed by Israeli forces recently.

By Jessica A Badebye African scholars have joined the growing number of academic associations from the United States of America, that have endorsed boycott resolutions on Israeli academic institutions in their bid to show solidarity with Palestine. The scholars have further pledged not to collaborate on projects, events involving Israeli academic institutions, not to teach at or to attend any conferences, events and not to publish in any academic journals in Israeli institutions. In a press release issued to The London Evening Post, the Dakar-based community expressed its interest and responsibility to respond to the obstacles to the right to higher education that the Israeli state has created for Palestinians … Continue reading

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Israel and Hamas agree on a new 72-hour ceasefire

Israeli-air-strikes-and-Palestinian-rocket-fire-continued-on-sunday as truce was being negotiated.

A three-day truce has come into effect between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza, after a day of intense diplomacy. It is hoped the latest truce, which came into effect at 21:00 GMT, will help negotiators agree a longer peace. Egypt brokered a similar truce last week, but fighting resumed after the three-day window ended. About 2,000 people have died in the conflict, which began on 8 July when Israel launched an operation to deter militant attacks from Gaza. Those killed include more than 1,900 Palestinians, mostly civilians, according to the UN. Sixty-seven people have died on the Israeli side, including three civilians. Israeli media were reporting warning sirens for … Continue reading

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Israelis and Gaza militants defy truce efforts

An explosion from an Israeli forces strike in Gaza City on Saturday.

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Allyn Fisher-Ilan Israel launched more than 30 air attacks in Gaza on Saturday, killing seven Palestinians, and militants fired rockets at Israel as the conflict entered a second month, defying international efforts to revive a ceasefire. The violence seemed to delay any progress in talks brokered by Egypt aimed at securing a permanent truce. Israel had no plans to send negotiators back to Cairo “as long as the shooting goes on”, an Israeli official said on condition of anonymity. Medical officials in Gaza said two Palestinians were killed when their motorcycle was bombed and the bodies of three others were found beneath the rubble of one … Continue reading

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