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UN holds emergency meeting on Israel tensions (30.10.2014)

A U.N. official warned in an emergency meeting of the Security Council on Wednesday that Israel's plans for further settlements in east Jerusalem threaten the viability of the future Palestinian state. Close ally the United States also warned against Israel's plans.

Egypt clears Gaza border area to create security buffer (29.10.2014)

Egypt began clearing residents from its border with the Gaza Strip on Wednesday to create a buffer zone following some of the worst anti-state violence since President Mohamed Mursi was overthrown last year.

Army restores order, militant leaders on the run (28.10.2014)

The Army’s campaign against terrorist groups has put an end to four days of fierce clashes with militants inspired by ISIS and the Nusra Front. The clashes left 42 people dead and some 150 wounded.

Iraqi forces seize four villages after victory near Baghdad (26.10.2014)

Iraqi government forces retook four villages on Sunday near a mountain ridge overlooking Islamic State supply lines, security officials said, in a campaign which has struggled to make advances against the Sunni Islamist insurgents.

Egypt declares state of emergency on parts of Sinai (25.10.2014)

Egypt has declared a three-month state of emergency in parts of northern Sinai. The move comes after two attacks in Sinai killed 33 security personnel on October 24.

Toward a lasting ceasefire in Gaza ¬ ICG briefing (23.10.2014)

In its latest briefing, Toward a Lasting Ceasefire in Gaza, the International Crisis Group analyses the recent fighting and argues that a more enduring ceasefire is possible.

Germany to send military training mission to northern Iraq (23.10.2014)

Germany is sending a mission to northern Iraq to examine whether its military, and possibly other European nations, can expand training of Kurdish forces battling Islamic jihadists there, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Wednesday.

UN chief says moving ahead with Gaza war inquiry (21.10.2014)

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday he was setting up an investigation into attacks on United Nations facilities during Israel's recent war against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip and the use of UN sites to store weapons.

UN tells Israel, Palestinians to stop unilateral actions (21.10.2014)

UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged Israel and the Palestinians on Tuesday to move away from unilateral actions stoking tensions and make the "tough compromises" needed to end their decades-old conflict.

UN official warns of possible genocide against Iraqi Yazidis (21.10.2014)

“Actions taken against Yazidis may amount to attempt of genocide. Why? Because they are defined by their religion and the only option they have is either to convert or to be killed," said Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic.