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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."

UN authorises aid convoys to rebel-held areas (14.07.2014)

The UN Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution on Syria allowing aid convoys to go into rebel-held areas without government approval. Until now, almost 90% of UN humanitarian aid in Syria has gone to people in government-controlled areas.

Gaza and Israel: New obstacles, new solutions – ICG briefing (14.07.2014)

To break the violent impasse, Israel must change its policy toward Hamas and work toward a lasting ceasefire, recognising how much its own stability depends on the stability of Gaza.

De Mistura succeeds Brahimi as UN Syria mediator: diplomats (10.07.2014)

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters later on Wednesday that consultations were still continuing on the appointment and he hoped to make an announcement "very soon."

Syria's Western-backed opposition elects new president (09.07.2014)

Syria's Western-backed opposition, the National Coalition, elected Hadi al-Bahra, chief negotiator at the Geneva peace talks, as its new president on Wednesday after a three-day meeting in Istanbul.

EU police mission for the Palestinian Territories extended (09.07.2014)

The Council today prolonged the EU police mission for the Palestinian Territories (EUPOL COPPS) until 30 June 2015.