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Israeli official quits in protest of cease-fire

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/14/18, 10:44 am

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman resigned Wednesday over the recent cease-fire with Hamas in Gaza, calling it a “surrender to terrorism.” The Egyptian-brokered cease-fire late Tuesday ended clashes that began Sunday night when undercover Israeli forces entered the Gaza Strip. Palestinian militants fired 460 rockets and mortars into Israel, while Israeli airstrikes hit 160 targets in Gaza. More than a dozen Palestinians and two Israelis have died in the fighting.

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U.S. takes backseat in offering Asia Bibi asylum

International | Rumors swirl of pending release of the Christian mother acquitted of blasphemy in Pakistan
by Mindy Belz
Posted 11/14/18, 10:34 am

PAKISTAN: A U.S. official involved in religious freedom issues told me Tuesday he was “not sure” whether the United States was making any efforts to offer asylum to Asia Bibi, the Christian mother exonerated of blasphemy charges two weeks ago by Pakistan’s Supreme Court but prohibited from leaving the country. Three British imams joined calls for the UK to offer asylum, as rumors swirl this week of her impending release.

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Hamas agrees to cease-fire in Gaza

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/13/18, 12:09 pm

UPDATE: After firing hundreds of rockets and mortars into Israel in the past 24 hours, Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza said Tuesday they accepted a cease-fire brokered by Egypt. There was no immediate word from Israel on whether it agreed to the deal, too. An hour before the Palestinians made their declaration, the Israeli Security Cabinet said it had ordered the military to “continue operations as needed,” following a six-hour meeting.

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