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Residents in Manila take shelter from Typhoon Hagupit.
Residents in Manila take shelter from Typhoon Hagupit.
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Monday, December 8, 2014

ISRAEL ACCUSED OF BOMBING SYRIA
Syria has officially asked the United Nations to impose sanctions on Israel after accusing the Israeli military of bombing the international airport in Damascus and another target in the countryside near the Syrian capital. “This direct aggression by Israel was carried out to help the terrorists” after recent defeats, the Syrian army said in a statement. Israeli officials did not directly comment on the attacks, but Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz reiterated that the country has “a firm policy of preventing all possible transfers of sophisticated weapons to terrorist organizations.” According to both the AFP and The Washington Post, the statement was a reference to Lebanon’s Hezbollah, an arch enemy of Israel and allied to Assad in the Syrian war. One of the targets was reportedly an arms depot, but Hezbollah sources said it did not belong to them.

FAILED HOSTAGE RESCUE IN YEMEN
American journalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Pierre Korkie, both hostages in Yemen, were killed by an al-Qaeda-affiliated group on Saturday after a failed U.S. operation to rescue the Somers. The operation went wrong when the Navy SEALs lost their “element of surprise” less than 100 yards from their target, The Wall Street Journal reports. But in a tragic development, it emerged later that the South African teacher was just hours away from being released, in return for a $200,000 ransom, something U.S. officials said they had not known. Korkie’s widow Yolande, who had been captured with her husband but released in January, said in a statement that she had chosen to “forgive” and “love.” “Even though the pain is overwhelming us right now, we choose to believe that this too shall pass,” AFP quoted her as saying.

SNAPSHOT
At least 27 people were killed on the eastern island of Samar in the Philippines, as Typhoon Hagupit registered maximum gusts up to 170 kilometers per hour (105 mph).

UKRAINE FIGHTING CONTINUE AHEAD OF CEASEFIRE TALKS
Ukraine officials say that at least eight civilians and two soldiers had been killed in recent fights with pro-Russian rebels, just hours ahead of the planned start of a “Day of Silence” on Tuesday, AFP reports. A meeting will take place tomorrow in Minsk where representatives of both sides will discuss a schedule for the implementation of a ceasefire deal agreed in September.

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