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Iraqi leaders elect former foe of Hussein as President (24.07.2014)

Iraq’s leaders selected Fouad Massoum, a longtime Kurdish politician and former guerrilla fighter who took up arms against Saddam Hussein’s regime, on Thursday as the country’s new president.

As civilian casualties rise in Gaza, UN Rights Council agrees probe into alleged ‘war crimes’ (23.07.2014)

The United Nations Human Rights Council today decided to launch an independent inquiry into purported violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.

Kerry claims progress toward Gaza truce, but Hamas leader is defiant (23.07.2014)

During a whirlwind round of diplomacy on Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry asserted that progress had been made on forging a cease-fire to halt the bitter fighting in Gaza between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants there led by Hamas.

UN envoy demands Islamist forces end ‘horrific terrorist acts’ (23.07.2014)

The top United Nations official in Iraq called today on the Security Council to demand that the Islamist forces – in control of more than a third of the country's territory – cease all hostilities and to ensure that those responsible for "horrific terrorist acts" are held to account.

EU reinforces sanctions against Syrian regime (22.07.2014)

The Council has targeted three additional persons and nine entities due to their involvement in the violent repression of the civilian population or their support to the regime.

US, UN denounce ISIL persecution of Iraqi minorities (22.07.2014)

The condemnations followed the issuance of a decree by ISIL that Christians and other non-Muslims under its control must convert to Islam, pay a special tax, leave or face execution.

Rocket fire resumes after Gaza cease-fire ends (17.07.2014)

Rockets from the Gaza Strip soared into Israel starting at 3 p.m. Thursday, precisely marking the designated end of the five-hour halt to hostilities both sides had agreed upon to provide a “humanitarian window” to residents after nine days of fighting.

Syria's President Assad sworn in for new seven-year term (16.07.2014)

President Bashar al-Assad was sworn in Wednesday for a new term, warning Western and Arab governments of the backfire they face for their support of the armed revolt in Syria.

Iraqi forces withdraw from Tikrit after new push (16.07.2014)

The attempt to retake Tikrit, which fell on June 12 to Sunni insurgents led by the militant Islamic State group, began two-and-a-half weeks ago.

UN Chief urges ISIL sanctions enforcement (15.07.2014)

In a report to the U.N. Security Council on the world body's political mission in Iraq, obtained by Reuters on Tuesday, Ban described the rapidly deteriorating security situation fueled by the Sunni militants as "deeply worrisome."