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Gaza residents see no joy in Muslim Eid holiday 29.7.2014 FirstPost: World

GAZA (Reuters) - One of the most joyous days in the Muslim calendar, the holiday of Eid al-Fitr was marked on Monday by tears and sorrow in the Gaza Strip, left battered by three weeks of merciless fighting between Israel and Hamas Islamists.

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Sri Lankan asylum seekers in Australia limbo could sue government 29.7.2014 FirstPost: World
SYDNEY (Reuters) - The fate of 157 Sri Lankan asylum seekers held at sea for almost a month before being brought to a detention centre in Australia was stuck in limbo on Monday, as lawyers for the detainees said they might sue the government for illegal imprisonment. The interception and detention of the Tamil asylum seekers, including 50 children, has highlighted Australia's controversial policy of turning back boats carrying potential refugees, which has drawn criticism from rights group and the United Nations. The government made the decision to bring the group to Australia on Sunday after lawyers began legal action in the High Court to stop them being sent to Sri Lanka, and disputing the government's stated right to assess asylum claims at ...
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Israel vows to continue to act with force as nine children are killed in Gaza - video 29.7.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
The Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, said on Monday that Israel will continue to act with force until its mission is accomplished. His comments came on a day when at least nine children were among those killed in an attack on a refugee camp in Gaza. Four Israeli soldiers were also killed in a Hamas attack in southern Israel Continue reading...
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Biometric cards for Tamil refugees soon 29.7.2014 Hindu: Tamil Nadu
The State government has decided to issue biometric cards to Sri Lankan Tamil refugees living in camps to eliminate any scope for irregularities in disbursal of cash dole. Revenue inspecto...
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Israel says Gaza campaign will continue 'until mission is accomplished' 29.7.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
Binyamin Netanyahu makes vow as nine children are killed in Gaza refugee camp and four Israelis die in mortar attack Continue reading...
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Palestinian fighters raid Israel on Gaza "truce" day 29.7.2014 FirstPost: World

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinian fighters slipped into an Israeli village from the Gaza Strip and fought a gun battle with troops on Monday as an unofficial truce called for the Muslim Eid al-Fitr festival disintegrated. The clash, in which Israeli television said five gunmen were killed and the Islamist Hamas movement said it had killed 10 Israeli soldiers, appeared to wreck international hopes of turning a brief lull in fighting into a longer-term ceasefire.

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Eight children killed in Gaza blast; Israel denies responsibility 29.7.2014 FirstPost: World

GAZA (Reuters) - A huge explosion in a public garden in northern Gaza killed eight children and two adults, and wounded 40 others, Palestinian medics said on Monday. Locals blamed the blast on an Israeli air strike, but Israel denied responsibility, saying it was a misfire by a rocket launched by Hamas militants. At roughly the same time, another blast shook the grounds of Gaza's main Shifa hospital, without causing any casualties.

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Life under fire in Gaza: the diary of a Palestinian 28.7.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

What's it like for families struggling to survive in Gaza? A Palestinian author describes the overcrowding and shortages, the horror of seeing familiar places reduced to rubble and the constant fear of death

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Latest Gaza attack kills 10; US fumes as Israel slams Kerry 28.7.2014 TOI: Home
The White House said Obama told Israeli PM Netanyahu that the US had "serious and growing concern" about the worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza.
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Australia faces false imprisonment claims by Tamil asylum seekers 28.7.2014 deccanherald.com
Over 150 Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers, who were brought to mainland Australia after nearly a month Sunday, have claimed damages for false imprisonment in the high seas by the countrys authorities, a media report said Monday. As many as 157 Tamil asylum seekers are being held at Curtin detention centre in the remote north-western Australia after being flown from Cocos Island Sunday. The group of 157, including children, were detained for four weeks off Australias Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean early July. All the asylum seekers, originally from Sri Lanka, fled the island country to India during the decade-long civil war. They had been living in refugee camps in India since then. During the high court hearing Monday, their lawyers contended that the Australian government cannot engage in conduct like that with impunity, The Melbourne Age reported. The lawyers urged the court to continue hearing the case. "They were detained for almost a month on the high seas pursuant to a power we say the ...
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Israel-Palestine crisis: A Holocaust of a different kind 28.7.2014 DNA: Mumbai
In 2010, during summer school in Germany, I also visited Berlin. Right at the heart of the German capital is the Holocaust Memorial and Information Center, interestingly, just next to the huge complex of the American Embassy. The memorial stands as a grim reminder of one of the saddest and worst chapters in history, a testimony of the fact of how cruel humans can be.  As you enter the Memorial’s ‘Information Center’ underground, right next to the reception counter, a quote from Primo Levi greets you: “It happened, therefore it can happen again: this is the core of what we have to say.” Levi was an Italian Jew who experienced the incarceration of Nazis at the biggest concentration camp at Auschwitz himself, but was one of the fortunate few who survived to later emerge as one of the most ‘incisive and candid intellectuals’ to narrate to the world what Jews went through during the holocaust. The recorded audio guide helped us navigate different sections of the museum depicting the history and testimonies of ...
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With Taliban’s revival and army’s new offensive, dread returns to Swat 28.7.2014 The Hindu: Today's Paper
With Taliban’s revival and army’s new offensive, dread returns to Swat
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Displacement in the name of urbanisation 28.7.2014 The Hindu: Today's Paper
Displacement in the name of urbanisation
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In war-struck Gaza, civilians struggle to get by 28.7.2014 Hindu: Home
Caught in the fighting between Israel and Hamas, Gaza’s civilians are increasingly struggling to get by. There is no electricity 21 hours a day because power lines have been hit. Water taps have r...
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France offers asylum to Christians from Northern Iraq 28.7.2014 DNA: Popular News
France said on Monday it was ready to welcome Christians from northern Iraq who have been told by the Al Qaeda offshoot group now ruling the region to either convert to Islam, pay a religious levy or face death. Islamic State insurgents seized large swathes of northern Iraq last month, prompting hundreds of Christian families in Mosul to flee a city which has hosted the faith since its earliest years. "We are providing aid to displaced people fleeing from the threats of Islamic Sate and who have sought refuge in Kurdistan. We are ready, if they wish, to facilitate their asylum on our soil," France's foreign and interior ministers said in a joint statement. "We are in constant contact with local and national authorities to ensure everything is done to protect them." Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki earlier this month condemned the treatment of the Christians and instructed a government committee to help those made homeless. However, he has not said when the army might try to win back control ...
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Gaza residents see no joy in Muslim Eid holiday 28.7.2014 DNA: Popular News
One of the most joyous days in the Muslim calendar, the holiday of Eid al-Fitr was marked on Monday by tears and sorrow in the Gaza Strip, left battered by three weeks of merciless fighting between Israel and Hamas Islamists. Marking the end of the holy Ramadan month of fasting, Eid is normally a time of feasts and fun, presents and parties, even in this impoverished and isolated Palestinian coastal enclave. But these are not normal times in Gaza. "How should a mother feel when she opens her eyes on the day of Eid and does not see her son next to her?" said Abir Shammaly, whose son was killed during heavy Israeli shelling of the Shejaia district in east Gaza last week. Instead of celebrating with the living, Shammaly sat next to her son's freshly dug grave, joining many other Gazans who were paying their respects to more than 1,000 people, many of them civilians, who have died so far in the fighting. Her young daughter silently pushed pink and white flowers into the mound of freshly dug earth. "The world ...
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India to ID 175 Tamil asylum seekers in Australia 28.7.2014 Rediff: News
Australia on Monday said that the identity of 157 Tamil asylum seekers who were detained on a customs ship for a month will now be assessed by Indian consular officials in Melbourne.
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As the Gaza crisis deepens, boycotts can raise the price of Israels impunity | Rafeef Ziadah 28.7.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
If governments refuse to act on Gaza, we must emulate the methods that isolated South Africa during apartheid I started my life under Israeli siege and bombardment. Even as a child I remember wondering, while the smell of artillery shells filled the Beirut air in 1982 and we ran for our lives: why is the world allowing this to happen? On the face of Gazas children today I see another generation born to the same trauma, and to the same question. How can this be allowed to happen? Gaza has been under Israeli siege for seven years. Fishermen are shot when they go out to sea. Trade is blocked. Travel is nearly impossible. Water is contaminated. Hospital supplies are lacking. The economy is kept in controlled collapse, just short of catastrophe. Israel is rationing everything that enters Gaza, from calories to world ...
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Asylum seekers' high court hearing off and compensation claim mooted 28.7.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

No date set for new hearing but urgency has eased now that asylum seekers are on Australian soil

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Asylum seekers brought to Australian mainland from Cocos Islands 28.7.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
Australia makes exception from policy of refusing to let asylum seekers on mainland for 157 Sri Lankans intercepted in June Continue reading...
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