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  • 31 July 2014 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 31 Jul 2014
  • Israel, Hamas Agree to 72-hour Ceasefire VOA 31 Jul 2014 -- Israel and Islamist militant group Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire in their conflict in the Gaza Strip starting on Friday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday.
  • Hamas Launches Rockets on Civilians in Gaza IDF 31 Jul 2014 -- "Hamas indiscriminate firing of rockets endangers millions of Israeli and Palestinian lives. While the IDF strikes terrorist targets in Gaza with precision, Hamas launches rockets with one aim: hitting civilians."
  • UN Urges Respect of its Gaza Facilities VOA 31 Jul 2014 -- The head of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees called on Israel and Hamas militants to respect the inviolability of U.N. premises Thursday, a day after Israeli fire killed 19 civilians sheltering at a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip.
  • Gaza situation is extreme: UN officials Iran Press TV 31 Jul 2014 -- Senior UN officials have told the Security Council the situation in the Gaza Strip is extreme, calling for an immediate action to put an end to the humanitarian catastrophe in the besieged enclave.
  • Netanyahu vows to continue Gaza tunnels destruction Iran Press TV 31 Jul 2014 -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Tel Aviv will push ahead with the destruction of tunnels in the Gaza Strip with or without a ceasefire.
  • Israel Determined to Complete Destruction of Hamas Tunnels RIA Novosti 31 Jul 2014 -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel was determined to complete the destruction of tunnels that Palestinian militants use to smuggle arms and secretly enter Israeli territory, Reuters reported.
  • Gaza: UN relief officials warn of growing humanitarian crisis as conflict continues UN News Centre 31 Jul 2014 -- As the crisis in Gaza continues unabated, United Nations relief officials today urged the parties to protect civilians amid the ongoing conflict, which has resulted in thousands of casualties and caused widespread displacement and destruction.
  • Israel Calls Up 16,000 More Reservists VOA 31 Jul 2014 -- Israel's military called up an additional 16,000 additional reservists, taking their total to 86,000, as military operations in the Gaza Strip continue, an army spokeswoman said Thursday.
  • Israel: Tunnels to Be Destroyed, Cease-Fire or Not VOA 31 Jul 2014 -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel was determined, regardless of cease-fire efforts, to finish the destruction of tunnels that Palestinian militants have built under the Gaza-Israel border.
  • UN: Israel, Hamas May Be Guilty of War Crimes VOA 31 Jul 2014 -- The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, says the targeting of civilian infrastructure or the use of civilian structures for military purposes violate international humanitarian law and international human rights law. She warns both Israel and Hamas may be guilty of war crimes in breaching these humanitarian principles. U.N. figures show civilians, including many children and women, account for 74 percent of the more than 1,200 Palestinians who have been killed. Nearly 60 Israelis have been killed, including two civilians.
  • Team Calls Visit to MH17 Crash Site in Ukraine a Success VOA 31 Jul 2014 -- Investigators in eastern Ukraine reached the wreckage of a downed Malaysian airliner Thursday. It was their first look at the July 17 crash site after earlier attempts were blocked by armed pro-Russian rebels.
  • International Experts Reach MH17 Crash Site in Ukraine VOA 31 Jul 2014 -- An international team of experts has reached the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine for the first time, after days of attempts foiled by violence in the separatist-controlled area.
  • Ukraine to end offensive in east soon Iran Press TV 31 Jul 2014 -- The Ukrainian army has announced plans to wrap up the military offensive in eastern Ukraine within a month.
  • OSCE Experts Confirm Remains of Victims Still at MH17 Crash Site in Ukraine RIA Novosti 31 Jul 2014 -- OSCE experts confirmed Thursday that remains of victims are still at the Malaysian passenger plane crash site in Donetsk Region, in eastern Ukraine, a spokesman for the OSCE monitoring mission told journalists in Donetsk.
  • Kiev's Use of Aviation, Artillery Against Civilians Inadmissible – Russian General Staff RIA Novosti 31 Jul 2014 -- Russia's top military commander told his US counterpart in a phone conversation Thursday that the use of aviation and artillery against civilians in eastern Ukraine was inadmissible.
  • Yatsenyuk Promises Financial Aid to Eastern Ukraine if Controlled by Kiev RIA Novosti 31 Jul 2014 -- The Kiev authorities are planning to provide eastern Ukraine with financial assistance if government troops gain control over local cities, Prime Minster Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Thursday.
  • Ukraine Contact Group Agrees to Keep 'Safe Corridor' to MH17 Crash Site RIA Novosti 31 Jul 2014 -- The so-called Ukrainian contact group agreed on Thursday to cease hostilities along an access route to the Malaysian plane crash site in East Ukraine established earlier by international inspectors, Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroisman said.
  • Heavy Fighting Using Grad Rocket Launchers Continues Near MH17 Crash Site RIA Novosti 31 Jul 2014 -- Heavy fighting using BM-21 Grad multiple rocket launchers continues near the Malaysia Airlines Boeing crash site in eastern Ukraine, despite calls from the United Nations to stop military activity in the area, an advisor to the Ukrainian interior minister said Thursday.
  • Kiev Allots $791 Mln for Military Support in East Ukraine RIA Novosti 31 Jul 2014 -- The Ukrainian parliament on Thursday made changes to its annual budget to allot an additional $791 million to support its troops, according to a statement on the Kiev government's official website.
  • Iraq: Amid rising insecurity, UN official urges unimpeded access to desperate civilians UN News Centre 31 Jul 2014 -- A senior UN official in Iraq expressed concern today over rising levels of violence and instability across the crisis-torn country and its impact on the lives of civilians.
  • Briefing: South Sudan heads towards famine IRIN 31 Jul 2014 -- More than a third of South Sudan's population is at risk of severe food insecurity as a result of the ongoing conflict, and the international community, NGOs and local organizations are sounding the alarm over an impending famine.
  • Food insecurity in South Sudan set to deepen as funds dry up, warns UN agency UN News Centre 31 Jul 2014 -- The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today that food insecurity continues to deepen in South Sudan as funding for life-saving assistance dwindles.
  • Foreign Citizens Urgently Evacuated From Libya Over Safety Concerns VOA 31 Jul 2014 -- MOSCOW, July 31 (RIA Novosti) - The international community is fleeing Libya over the escalation of violence in the country, as numerous states urgently evacuate their citizens from Tripoli.
  • US-Trained Somali Commandos Fight Al-Shabab VOA 31 Jul 2014 -- Of all the ways the United States is helping Somalia's fledgling national government, none may be more important than training the country's first rapid reaction force, known as 'Gaashaan,' or 'the shield."
  • Female Suicide Bombers Strike in Nigeria VOA 31 Jul 2014 -- College students in the northern Nigerian city of Kano were reading a campus notice board, seeing what post-graduation public service job they would be assigned to, when a girl in their midst blew herself up.
  • Vietnam Defends Foreign Policy, China Ties VOA 31 Jul 2014 -- Vietnam said Thursday that its foreign policy is aimed at protecting the country's independence. The comment follows a letter from prominent members of the Communist Party to the country's top leaders calling for political and economic reforms to end the country's "reliance" on China.
  • At Khmer Rouge Court, Long-Awaited Verdict Approaches VOA 31 Jul 2014 -- Chum Mey, an 82-year-old survivor of the Khmer Rouge, sits on a plastic chair outside his book kiosk in the courtyard of the former prison that once held him. He sells books about the Khmer Rouge and about himself in what is now called the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.
  • Turkey Fears ISIL Radicalism Could Spill Over From Syria, Iraq VOA 31 Jul 2014 -- With the Sunni jihadist group ISIL stepping up attacks in Syria along the border with Turkey, concern is growing in Turkey that the violence could spill over.
  • Yemen IDPs mull return to Amran after ceasefire IRIN 31 Jul 2014 -- Thousands of people displaced by recent heavy fighting between Houthi rebels and government forces in the city of Amran in northern Yemen are looking to return to their homes following a recent Houthi withdrawal, but they face significant challenges.
  • Little hope of justice for Nepal's war-time rape survivors IRIN 31 Jul 2014 -- For several weeks in July, veteran Nepali women's rights activist Renu Rajbhandari picketed in front of the Constituent Assembly, Nepal's legislative body in Kathmandu, demanding amendment of the country's rape laws.

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