Egypt

  • The Baghdad Operations Command center in Iraq, where the Iraqi army plans offensives against the Islamic State group. While the U.S. has helped Iraq push back the extremists, gathering support from other nations has been difficult. Photo by Scott Nelson for the Washington Post
    August 29, 2014   BY Bradley Klapper, Associated Press 

    In the last year-and-a-half, Islamic State extremists have fought the Syrian army, Hezbollah and Iranian forces. They’ve clashed with al-Qaida’s local affiliate, routed Iraq’s army and pushed back Kurdish peshmerga fighters. American airstrikes in Iraq have recently caused somewhat of a retreat. But U.S. military leaders say the terrorists can’t be crushed unless their sanctuaries in Syria are targeted. Continue reading

  • Palestinians celebrate Gaza ceasefire
    August 26, 2014  

    The war between Israel and Hamas, which took thousands of lives this summer, appeared to be at an end with the announcement of a new cease-fire. Gwen Ifill talks to Dennis Ross of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Shibley Telhami of the Brookings Institution about the prospects of enduring calm, the emergence of Egypt as lead negotiator and the rebuilding process ahead. Continue reading

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    August 26, 2014  

    Israel and Hamas accepted a cease-fire deal that opens more border crossings, allowing humanitarian aid and construction materials into Gaza. If the cease-fire holds, new talks on other issues would begin in a month. The U.S. State Department called the deal “an opportunity, not a certainty.” Gwen Ifill reports. Continue reading

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    August 25, 2014  

    In our news wrap Monday, at least 58 people died in Iraq in a series of attacks that mostly targeted Shiite districts. At a mosque in Baghdad, a suicide bomber detonated a vest with explosives as worshippers were leaving after midday prayers. Also, Egypt pressed for new efforts to broker another truce between Israel and Hamas, but fighting continued with Israeli airstrikes and rocket attacks. Continue reading

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    August 18, 2014  

    In our news wrap Monday, the Ukrainian military reported that dozens of civilians were killed when a convoy of refugees came under rocket fire near the rebel-held city of Luhansk. Government officials and the separatists have blamed each other for the attack. Also, a five-day cease-fire between Israel and Hamas was extended another 24 hours as Egyptian officials continued to broker a truce. Continue reading

  • Egyptian security forces move in to disperse a protest camp held by supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi and members of the Muslim Brotherhood on Aug. 14, 2013 near Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque. Photo by STR/AFP/Getty Images
    August 13, 2014   BY Larisa Epatko 

    A year ago, Egyptian security forces bulldozed the main protest camp in Cairo, after the demonstrators had been rallying for weeks against the removal of President Mohammed Morsi. The Egyptian government this week disputed a Human Rights Watch report that likened the security forces’ actions to crimes against humanity. Continue reading

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    August 8, 2014  

    In our news wrap Friday, Hamas militants in Gaza launched more than 50 rockets at Israel before the end of a three-day truce. Israel answered with airstrikes, killing at least five people, according to Palestinian officials. Also, rival presidential candidates in Afghanistan agreed to a power-sharing deal. Judy Woodruff learns more from Sean Carberry of NPR in Kabul. Continue reading

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    August 7, 2014  

    In our news wrap Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry urged Afghanistan’s opposing presidential candidates to accept results from an ongoing audit of the runoff election. Also, several thousand Palestinians marched in support of Hamas on the final day of a 72-hour truce as negotiations continue in Egypt for a longer cease-fire. Continue reading

  • Palestinians relieving war wounds during 72-hour ceasefire
    August 5, 2014  

    Judy Woodruff talks to Aaron David Miller of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Hussein Ibish of the American Task Force on Palestine about the prospects of a lasting cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinians, what each side stands to gain, as well as how the U.S. can play a role. Continue reading

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    August 5, 2014  

    The last Israeli ground troops withdrew from Gaza, having largely completed the destruction of Hamas-built tunnels. Palestinians used a 72-hour cease-fire to venture out for food, water and supplies, and to survey the damage after a month of aerial and ground attacks. Palestinian and Israeli delegations arrived in Cairo, while other regional powers began work on a lasting cease-fire. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading

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