Hamas militants have executed 18 people suspected of collaborating with Israel during its six week offensive on the Gaza Strip. The deaths come after three senior Hamas commanders were killed in an Israeli airstrike.
The United Nations has released new figures on the death toll inflicted by the Syrian civil war. While the report includes previously unavailable information, the UN warns that the actual death toll is probably higher.
Germany has upset Qatar, with one of Angela Merkel's ministers saying the Gulf monarchy was funding the self-proclaimed "Islamic State" terror group, and another attempting some sensitive World Cup wordplay.
Britain, France and Germany are reported to be discussing a possible UN resolution calling for a long-term truce between Israel and the militant group Hamas. An international monitoring mission is part of the proposal.
Three senior Hamas military leaders have been killed in a pre-dawn airstrike carried out by the Israeli military. Fighting has resumed after a six-day ceasefire.
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The United Nations Security Council has said it deplores the resumption of fighting in the Gaza Strip, and urged both sides to resume talks. Israel has said its military operation will go on.
Officials in Washington have admitted that they attempted, but failed, to rescue several US hostages earlier this summer. Among the captives that special forces had hoped to find was slain journalist James Foley.
Syria is the most dangerous country for journalists, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Middle East program coordinator Sherif Mansour estimates about 20 foreign reporters are being held hostage.
The parents of the journalist James Foley, murdered in Syria by the "Islamic State," have paid public tribute to their son. President Obama says the US will be relentless in pursuing justice for those who harm Americans.
Israel's assault on Gaza will continue until militants stop firing rockets, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says. Renewed airstrikes have killed at least 20, including several children, and injured 120.
As Gaza and the rise of "Islamic State" militants in Iraq seized international headlines, Syria dropped off the media radar. But just because no one is talking about it, doesn't mean it has gone away.
Israel is continuing strikes on the Gaza Strip. A ceasefire broke down Tuesday amid rocket fire, air attacks and the failure by negotiators to agree on a longer-term truce.
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