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35 killed in attacks across Afghanistan


At least 35 people, including Taliban militants, have been killed in separate attacks across Afghanistan, officials say.

Afghan officials said on Sunday that six militants attacked a school in the Spin Boldak district in eastern part of Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province.

“All the attackers were killed by police. Also, one local policeman and one child were killed in the attack,” said Deputy Interior Minister Ayoub Salangi.

The Afghan Interior Ministry also said that 21 militants were killed in military operations in Herat, Ghor, Paktia, Nooristan, Helmand, Logar and Baghlan provinces, while five others were killed in an overnight operation in Helmand Province.

Taliban has stepped up its attacks against the Afghan government, foreign forces and civilians. The group has vowed to escalate the attacks on Afghan forces and US-led troops, their bases, diplomatic missions and vehicle convoys before the drawdown of the US-led foreign forces by the end of the year.

According to Afghan and UN officials, more than 2,500 Afghan civilians were killed and over 5,000 others wounded in Taliban-led violence last year.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but years into the invasion, the country is still grappling with insecurity.
 
MH17 crash: Investigators must have full access, Malaysian PM says

More than a week after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down in eastern Ukraine, Malaysian investigators have not yet been able to access the entire crash site, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Saturday.
He urged both the pro-Russia rebels and Ukraine's armed forces to cooperate so investigators can access the site fully.
All 298 people aboard the plane died when it crashed on July 17. Of that number, 43 were Malaysian, including 15 crew and two infants, according to Malaysia Airlines.
Nine days later, some human remains still lie scattered amid the debris.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/07/26/world/europe/ukraine-malaysia-airlines-crash/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
 
Syria conflict: Isis 'overruns' Raqqa military base

Fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) say they have overrun a large Syrian military base on the outskirts of the city of Raqqa.

The Islamist fighters have released images of captured soldiers being beheaded after the battle for the base.

The Syrian army did not confirm that the base had fallen, but said it was organising a counter-attack.

Isis already controls much of Raqqa province, and recently seized a swathe of territory in neighbouring Iraq.

The group, which has changed its name to Islamic State, describes the territory under its control in Iraq and Syria as a caliphate.

The Raqqa base, manned by Division 17 of the Syrian army, is said to have been captured overnight after coming under siege from Isis fighters.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-28481283
 
Israeli strikes push Gaza death toll near 900

Eight Palestinians were killed in an Israeli air strike on the southern Gaza town of Khan Yunis Saturday, four of them children, emergency services said, according to Agence France-Presse.

About 20 people were wounded in the strike, hours before a ceasefire was due to take effect.

The deaths brought the overall toll of Palestinian dead to 879.

On Friday, two Israeli soldiers were reportedly killed in Gaza fighting, taking the total number of military deaths since the start of ground operations there to 37.

“Yesterday evening two Israel Defence Forces soldiers were killed in combat in the Gaza Strip,” an army statement said.

Both incident happened shortly after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that Israel agrees to a 12-hour Gaza ceasefire starting at 7am Israeli time (4:00am GMT) on Saturday.

Hamas also agreed to implement the 12-hour ceasefire.

Meanwhile, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meanwhile called for a seven-day humanitarian truce with an extendable 12-hour pause.

The U.S., Britain, Germany, Italy, the European Union, Turkey and Qatar will attend talks on Saturday in Paris aimed at converging “all efforts” for a ceasefire in Gaza.
 
Israeli shell kills 18 Gazans of a single family

Israeli tank shelling killed 18 Palestinians from a single family in the southern Gaza Strip on Saturday, the Gaza health ministry said, shortly before a 12-hour humanitarian truce agreed by Israel and Hamas went into effect.

Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qidra said that the 18 members of the Al-Najar family had been trapped inside their house in Khuzaa village east of Khan Younis since Thursday and that many others were wounded in Israeli tank shelling.

The fatalities brought up to 881 the number of Palestinians, most of them civilians, killed since the Israeli Gaza offensive began on July 8.
 
2 more Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza

The Israeli military has confirmed the death of two more of its soldiers engaged in the offensive against the Gaza Strip, taking the official toll to 37.

The military announced on Saturday that 21-year-old Guy Boyland and another unnamed soldier were killed during an attack on Gaza.

However, Palestinian resistance movement Hamas puts the figure at about 90.

Hamas says ten Israeli troopers were killed in clashes with resistance fighters on Friday alone.

Israeli military casualties began to rise rapidly since Tel Aviv significantly broadened its ground operations in Gaza.

Israeli towns and cities have also been the targets of Palestinian rockets in retaliation against Tel Aviv’s deadly onslaught on the impoverished region.

Israeli warplanes have been carrying out incessant airstrikes against the blockaded Gaza Strip since July 8. On July 17, thousands of Israeli soldiers launched a ground invasion into the densely-populated strip.

Nearly 900 Palestinians have been killed in the Israeli attacks.

The United Nations says over 80 percent of the fatalities have been civilians, including more than 200 children.
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/07/26/372828/2-more-israeli-soldiers-killed-in-gaza/
 
Fourteen civilians shot dead in Afghanistan

Suspected Taliban fighters stop two vehicles in Ghor province, separating and killing the Shia Hazara passengers.

Suspected Taliban fighters have halted two minibuses in the western province of Ghor, identified 14 Shia Hazara passengers, including three women and a child, bound their hands, then shot them dead by the side of the road, an official has said.

The buses were travelling from Kabul, where many of the passengers had gone to the capital to shop ahead of the holiday weekend, said the provincial governor, Sayed Anwar Rahmati.

"The insurgents stopped two vans and after checking peoples' identifications cards, they separated 14 passengers from 32 others and shot them dead," said the governor.

The dead included a couple who were engaged and two relatives travelling with them, Rahmati said, adding the other passengers were released.

The Taliban view the country's minority Shia community as apostates, and have targeted Hazaras in the past with suicide bombings and other attacks.

Many of the Hazaras, believed to be descended from Mongol invaders, suffered enormously under Taliban rule and the minority saw many of its communities levelled.

Many were killed and buried in mass graves or thrown into wells, the Reuters news agency reported.

Tens of thousands were jailed. They still believe they are treated as second-class citizens and that President Hamid Karzai has done little to improve their lot.
 
Korean officials: Ferry fugitive's cause of death unknown

South Korean forensics officials say they are sure the body found in a plum orchard last month is Yoo Byung Eun, a billionaire fugitive who was wanted in connection to the fatal Sewol ferry crash that claimed nearly 300 lives.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/07/24/world/asia/korean-fugitive-body/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
 
MH17: Australia and Netherlands seek Ukraine site access

The Netherlands and Australia are seeking access to the MH17 crash site in Ukraine, as more planes with victims' bodies landed in Eindhoven.

Foreign ministers from both countries attended a ceremony marking the departures in the city of Kharkiv.

Separately the EU has formally announced that it is strengthening sanctions against Russia.

It says that "15 further persons and 18 entities" have been subjected to an asset freeze and a visa ban.

A statement says that those targeted are "responsible for action against Ukraine's territorial integrity".

"This brings the number of persons currently under EU sanctions in connection with the situation in Ukraine to 87 while the number of entities will rise to 20," the statement issued on behalf of the Council for the European Union said.

The statement also said that the Council had decided to introduce measures which pave the way for "imposing asset freezes and visa bans on persons and entities that actively support or are benefiting from Russian decision-makers responsible for the annexation of Crimea or the destabilisation of eastern Ukraine".
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28478941
 
Afghan Taliban chief warns against pact with US

Taliban’s leader in Afghanistan has warned against the presence of US-led troops in the country after 2014, saying it means more fighting.
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/07/26/372785/afghan-taliban-warns-against-us-pact/