The Gaza death toll hit 342 on Saturday as Israeli warplanes intensified their bombardment and troops pressed a ground assault on the 12th day of a major confrontation with Hamas.
The latest incident in Gaza saw one man killed in an air strike on the northern town of Jabaliya shortly after two were killed in a strike near Deir al-Balah in central Gaza, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.Full Story
Gunmen who attacked an Egyptian border guards checkpoint on Saturday killed 21 soldiers, a military official told Agence France Presse, raising a previous death toll of 15 troops.
The attackers used rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machineguns in the attack on the post in the desert area of El-Farafrah, 630 kilometers (390 miles) west of Cairo, security officials said.Full Story
Relatives of Tunisian soldier Zaki Saidani who was among 14 soldiers killed this week by suspected jihadists were shocked on Saturday to find the wrong body inside his coffin.
The defense ministry admitted that authorities had delivered the wrong body to the Saidani family who had gathered to mourn him in their home town of Metlaoui in central Tunisia.Full Story
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani flew back to his Kurdish fiefdom of Sulaimaniyah Saturday after more than 18 months in Germany for medical treatment, sources in his Patriotic Union of Kurdistan said.
The 80-year-old head of state arrived on a private aircraft, but access to the airport was restricted to his close entourage, an Agence France Presse correspondent said.Full Story
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius insisted on Saturday that his country's "absolute priority" is to secure a truce in Gaza, saying an Egyptian initiative for ceasefire enjoys international support.
At a joint news conference with his Jordanian counterpart, Nasser Judeh, Fabius said his regional tour seeks to help "break the spiral of violence and to protect the civilian population as much as possible" in Gaza, where the Israeli bombardment has killed more than 330 Palestinians.Full Story
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, who returned home Saturday from months of convalescence abroad, is an avuncular politician and a skilled negotiator toughened by his decades-old struggle for Kurdish independence.
His current state of health is unknown, with journalists having been kept away from the Sulaimaniyah airport where the Iraqi leader arrived on a private aircraft after spending 18 months in Germany receiving treatment following a stroke.Full Story
Ten-year-old Afnan Shuheiber was playing on a Gaza City rooftop with her cousins when she became one of at least 73 children killed by Israeli fire in the Gaza Strip.
The spiraling number of children killed in the latest conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas in Gaza has raised international concern.Full Story
Egyptian soldiers in north Sinai prevented an aid convoy of activists from reaching the Rafah border crossing with the embattled Palestinian Gaza Strip on Saturday, an Agence France Presse correspondent said.
An army officer at the Balloza checkpoint, one of many along the desert highway to Rafah, told an AFP correspondent that the security situation in the restive peninsula was too unstable to allow the convoy of 11 buses and 500 activists to pass.Full Story
At least 12 people were killed and dozens wounded in Baghdad Saturday when four near simultaneous car bombs exploded in the Iraqi capital, medical and security sources said.Full Story