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Gaza tunnel collapse kills two Hamas militants

Gaza City - 

Two Hamas militants were killed and three are missing after a tunnel in the Gaza Strip collapsed, the Islamist group's military wing said Thursday.

Palestinian tries to stab Israeli police, shot dead: Israel

Jerusalem - 

An 18-year-old Palestinian threatened Israeli border police with a knife at a flashpoint junction in the occupied West Bank on Thursday and was shot dead, Israeli authorities said.

Israel votes to advance settler homes bill

Israel votes to advance settler homes bill
Jerusalem - 

Israeli lawmakers voted Wednesday to advance a bill legalising some 4,000 settler homes in the occupied West Bank despite international criticism and warnings over its implications.

Netanyahu rejects Abbas peace talks in Paris: office

Netanyahu rejects Abbas peace talks in Paris: office
Jerusalem - 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday rejected the possibility of a meeting with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas at a France-led peace conference later this month, his office said.

Deadly strike in western Iraq, fierce battles in Mosul

Bartalla, Iraq - 

An air strike in a western Iraqi town near the Syrian border still controlled by the Islamic State group killed and wounded dozens of civilians on Wednesday, officials said.

Assad confident of Aleppo victory, ignores ceasefire appeals

Damascus - 

President Bashar al-Assad said victory in Aleppo would be a "huge step" towards ending Syria's five-year civil war, ignoring pleas for a truce as rebels in the city lose more ground.

80,000 have fled east Aleppo since army operation began: monitor

Beirut - 

At least 80,000 people have fled east Aleppo since the Syrian army began an operation in mid-November to recapture the rebel-held sector of the second city, a monitor said Tuesday.

Almost 60 people missing after ship sinks off Yemen

Aden  - 

Nearly 60 people are missing after a ship sank off Yemen's Socotra island, its fisheries minister said on Wednesday, with state media reporting that only two people had been rescued.

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