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Lufthansa, Air Berlin to resume flights to Tel Aviv


FRANKFURT - German airlines Lufthansa and Air Berlin said they will resume flights to Israel on Saturday July 26, lifting a ban imposed in response to fears that rockets being fired from the Gaza strip could pose a threat to aircraft.

Israel rejects ceasefire plan, source says, as death toll nears 850

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel has rejected international proposals for a ceasefire in its fight against Islamist militants in Gaza, a government source said on Friday, but U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said no formal proposals had yet been put forward.

Top News, World, Israel 2:33am IST

Iraq's top cleric sends subtle message to Maliki: step aside

BAGHDAD - Iraq's most influential Shi'ite cleric urged political leaders on Friday to refrain from clinging to their posts - an apparent reference to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who has defied demands that he step aside.

Top News, World, Iraq 1:47am IST

Corrected - Iran detains four journalists, three of them Iranian-American, says CPJ

ANKARA - The Committee to Protect Journalists on Thursday called on the Iranian government to immediately release four detained journalists, three of whom it said had U.S.-Iranian nationality.

25 Jul 2014

Despite Syria rift, Hezbollah pledges full support to Hamas

BEIRUT - Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah pledged full support on Friday to the Palestinian group Hamas in its conflict with Israel despite a deep rift between the two militant organisations over the civil war in Syria.

World, Israel 25 Jul 2014

Even the dead search for shelter from Gaza bombs

GAZA - Almost half of the Gaza Strip is a no-go area shelled by Israeli ground forces during almost three weeks of fighting, sending not just the living but the dead in search of a safe place to rest.

World, Israel 25 Jul 2014

WHO seeks humanitarian corridor to evacuate Gaza wounded

GENEVA - The World Health Organisation (WHO) called on Friday for a humanitarian corridor to be set up in Gaza to allow aid workers to evacuate the wounded and bring in life-saving medicines.

25 Jul 2014

Five Palestinians killed in West Bank violence - medics

RAMALLAH West Bank - Five Palestinians were killed in the occupied West Bank on Friday in shootings involving both Israeli forces and a civilian who appeared to be a Jewish settler, medics and witnesses said.

World, Israel 25 Jul 2014

Israel rallies behind army in Gaza war

KFAR AZAR Israel - When 20-year-old Israeli soldier Daniel Pomerantz died in a Hamas ambush in the Gaza Strip, his small village near Tel Aviv decided they finally needed a cemetery to bury their dead.

World, Israel 25 Jul 2014

Gaza faces daunting reconstruction when elusive truce struck

GAZA - As the United States and regional powers strive for a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza militants, the impoverished enclave faces a daunting recovery, such is the scale of damage after almost three weeks of fighting.

World, Israel 25 Jul 2014

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