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Nine Palestinians, including seven Hamas militants, were killed overnight in air strikes over the Gaza Strip.
Nine Palestinians, including seven Hamas militants, were killed overnight in air strikes over the Gaza Strip.
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Monday, July 7, 2014

THREE SUSPECTS CONFESS MURDER OF PALESTINIAN TEEN
Israeli news sources report that three of the six suspected Jewish extremists arrested by the Israeli police yesterday have since confessed to murdering Mohammed Abu Khdeir, the 16 year-old Palestinian abducted and believed to have been burned alive last week. Israel's daily Haaretz also quotes Israeli police as saying that they are investigating whether the six suspects are involved in the attempted abduction of a 9 year-old before they allegedly kidnapped Khdeir. The Jerusalem Post meanwhile quotes Israeli Prime Minister as saying he called the family of the teenager to “express my shock, and the shock of all Israeli citizens, at the heinous murder of your son,” before adding that the “murderers will be brought to justice”.

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The Days After: What Would Happen If Putin Opts For A Tactical Nuclear Strike

The risk of the Kremlin launching a tactical nuclear weapon on Ukraine is small but not impossible. The Western response would itself set off a counter-response, which might contain or spiral to the worst-case scenario.

An anti-nuclear activist impersonates Vladimir Putin at a rally in Berlin.

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PARISVladimir Putin could “go nuclear” in Ukraine. Yes, this expression, which metaphorically means “taking the extreme, drastic action,” is now literally considered a possibility as well. Cornered and humiliated by a now plausible military defeat, experts say the Kremlin could launch a tactical nuclear bomb on a Ukrainian site in a desperate attempt to turn the tables.

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In any case, this is what Putin — who put Russia's nuclear forces on alert just after the start of the invasion in late February — is aiming to achieve: to terrorize populations in Western countries to push their leaders to let go of Ukraine.

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