Israeli troops kill Palestinian at Gaza border protest, ceasefire efforts continue

Israeli troops kill Palestinian at Gaza border protest, ceasefire efforts continueBy Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) – Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian and wounded at least 220 others at protests along the Gaza border on Friday, Gaza health officials said, as diplomats sought to secure a durable ceasefire deal. Over four months of weekly Friday border protests that began on March 30 have reduced in intensity lately but organizers have vowed they would continue until Israel lifts economic sanctions on the coastal enclave. The Israeli military said troops had responded with “riot dispersal means” and had operated “according to standard operating procedures,” a term that refers to the use of accurate live fire, after some Gazans broke through the border fence and attacked troops with firebombs and an explosive device.


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Zimbabwe election: Troops fire on MDC Alliance supporters

  1. Zimbabwe election: Troops fire on MDC Alliance supporters  BBC News
  2. The Latest: At least 3 dead in chaos in Zimbabwe’s capital  Yahoo News
  3. Zimbabwe’s Days-Long Wait For Election Results Turns Elation Into Upheaval  NPR
  4. Zimbabwe is at a historic fork in the road  Financial Times
  5. Army opens fire on violent opposition protests in Zimbabwe’s capital during wait for election results  Washington Post
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'Victory is near,' Syria's Assad tells troops

'Victory is near,' Syria's Assad tells troopsSyrian President Bashar al-Assad told his troops on Wednesday they were close to winning the country’s seven-year civil war after inflicting a succession of defeats on rebels. Early last year, government forces held just 17 percent of national territory but a series of blistering offensives has since forced the rebels out of many of their strongholds, putting Assad’s government in control of nearly two-thirds of the country. “Our date with victory is near,” Assad wrote in an open letter to the rank and file.


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Israel shoots down Syrian fighter jet as Syrian troops reach the edge of the Golan Heights

  1. Israel shoots down Syrian fighter jet as Syrian troops reach the edge of the Golan Heights  Los Angeles Times
  2. Netanyahu Rejects Russian Plan to Keep Iran 60 Miles From Border With Syria, Report Says  Newsweek
  3. Israel shoots down Syrian warplane with US Patriot missiles after intense fighting  Business Insider
  4. Israel Downs Syrian Fighter Jet Over Golan Heights  New York Times
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Recovery of U.S. troops' remains in North Korea hindered by cash, politics

Recovery of U.S. troops' remains in North Korea hindered by cash, politicsBy Joyce Lee SEOUL (Reuters) – When North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed in June to help return the remains of American troops killed in the 1950-53 Korean War, it was seen as one of the more attainable goals to come out of his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. American officials expect North Korea to hand over around 50 sets of remains in coming weeks, but the drawn out process of negotiations to get to this point highlights the complications involve in the issue. At the heart of the difficulty, former officials involved in previous recovery missions say, are likely demands from North Korea for cash compensation, as well as the unsolved tensions over North’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile arsenal.


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Somalia's al Shabaab says it storms southern military base, kills 27 troops

Somalia's al Shabaab says it storms southern military base, kills 27 troopsFighters of the al Shabaab group attacked a military base with a suicide car bomb in the south of Somalia, killing 27 soldiers, the group said on Monday, a blast heard by residents of a nearby town. The attack follows a June attack on the base by al Shabaab that wounded seven soldiers. There was no immediate comment from government officials about the attack on the base in Baar Sanguni, about 50 km (31 miles) distant from the port city of Kismayu.


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