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Egypt Slams 'Excessive' Israeli Force against Gaza Civilians

Egypt on Monday condemned Israel for using what it said was "excessive force" against civilians in the Gaza Strip.

It also urged Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian movement that dominates the Gaza Strip, to abide by the "humanitarian truce" proposed by Cairo and backed by the United Nations to end the 21-day conflict.

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Syria Thyme Seller and Sons Killed as Ramadan Ends

Ramadan had just an hour left to go, but Bashar Sarmini, the thyme seller of Aleppo, and his three sons never saw the sun set on the month of fasting.

A rapid barrel-bombing raid by Syrian regime planes killed them all in the rebel-held district of Shaar in the divided northern city, the Syrian observatory for Human Rights reported.

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U.N. Takes Aim at Islamist Oil Grab in Syria, Iraq

The U.N. Security Council on Monday backed a Russian initiative to bar trade in oil with Islamists in Iraq and Syria.

The 15-nation Council warned in a joint statement that buying oil from groups such as the Islamic State and Jabhat Al-Nusra fighting in Iraq and Syria could lead to sanctions.

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Gaza War Sees U.S.-Israeli Relations Sink to New Depths

Barack Obama's demand for an "immediate, unconditional" Gaza humanitarian ceasefire has strained already-tense U.S.-Israeli ties and put Benjamin Netanyahu in a tight spot with hardliners in his government, commentators said.

Analysts see the U.S. president's call on Sunday as an ultimatum to Netanyahu, as the Palestinian toll from Israel's 21-day offensive in Gaza neared 1,050.

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Pilots of Air Algerie Plane that Crashed Asked to 'Turn Back'

France said Monday the pilots of the Air Algerie passenger plane that crashed in Mali, killing all 118 people on board, had asked to turn back in a new development to a complex probe into the tragedy.

"What we know for sure is that the weather was bad that night, that the plane crew had asked to change route then to turn back before all contact was lost," Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters in his latest briefing about last week's disaster.

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Islamic State Jihadists Open 'Marriage Bureau'

The Islamic State, which advocates public stoning for adultery, has opened a "marriage bureau" for women who want to wed its fighters in territory they control in Syria and Iraq.

The jihadist group's office is operating from Al-Bab, a town in Aleppo province of northern Syria, for "single women and widows who would like to marry IS fighters", said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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Muslims Mark Somber Eid in Bloodied Gaza

The end of a month of fasting was supposed to be a time to celebrate for Abeer Shamali. But instead, she spent the Muslim Eid feast at the grave of her teenage son.

Fellow mourners looked on glumly Monday as Abeer caressed the earth under which her dead son lay, and placed pink and white hydrangeas upon the mound of sandy soil where Thaer, 16, was buried just four days ago.

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Kerry Evokes Mandela in Push for Mideast Truce

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry evoked the memory of anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela Monday to press his push for a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians.

As he issued a call to young African leaders to break decades of violence and guide the continent towards prosperity and stability, Kerry warned it was never easy to negotiate with warring factions.

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2nd Tripoli Fuel Depot Ablaze, in 'Very Dangerous' Turn

Libya said a second fuel depot caught fire Monday in Tripoli, in a "very dangerous" development following a huge oil tank blaze triggered by clashes around the capital's airport.

"The situation is very dangerous after a second fire broke out at another petroleum depot," the government said, warning of a "disaster with unforeseeable consequences".

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Gaza Doctors Save Baby from Her Dead Mother's Womb

When the doctors gently pulled the tiny newborn from her mother's womb in an emergency Caesarian section, the woman had already been dead for an hour.

Twenty-three-year-old Shayma al-Sheikh Qanan was eight months pregnant when an Israeli tank shell hit her home in the central Gaza Strip town of Deir al-Balah, reducing it to rubble.

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