World Bulletin / News Desk
Hamas said on Thursday that one of its members, Kamal Husni Ghanaja, was killed in his Damascus home in what the Palestinian group described as a "cowardly murder".
In a statement in Gaza, Hamas did not immediately accuse Israel, its long-time enemy, of involvement in his death, saying only that it had launched an investigation "to identify the party behind the deplorable crime".
A Hamas source in Gaza said "there were marks of torture" on Ghanaja's body. The organisation, which rules Israel-besieged Gaza Strip, did not disclose his role in the movement but said he spent his life working for the sake of God within its ranks.
Damascus has served as a base for Hamas's leadership in exile but many of the group's top officials and their families in the city have left Syria during its past 16 months of conflict. One Hamas source described Ghanaja as a mid-level military official.
Israel's Mossad intelligence service is widely believed to have been behind the assassination in Dubai in 2010 of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a top Hamas commander. Israel refused to confirm or deny its agents killed him.
The security source said at least 30 bodies had arrived at the hospital in the city of Baquba in Diyala province
Russia said it was no longer prepared to tolerate any delays to an aid convoy heading for Ukraine and that the trucks are starting to move towards Luhansk.
Israel is believed to possess the Middle East's only nuclear arsenal, drawing frequent condemnation by Arab countries and Iran which say it threatens regional peace and security.
"Sharmila has been re-arrested. It is clear that she is attempting suicide and we cannot allow her to do so," said M.C. Singh, a police official in Imphal
The spokesman said the German government had been in contact with Qatar following the comments by Development Minister Gerd Mueller in a television interview
The left-wing Republican Turkish Party (CTP) is due to announce their candidate for next year's polls on August 28.
The mine at Ndassima is carved deep into a forested hilltop north of Seleka's military headquarters in Bambari.
IRNA reported foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham as dismissing "reports by some news agencies about Iran and U.S. cooperation in Iraq".
Deputy Prime Minister Minister Saleh Mutlaq did not say why the promises to free Sultan Hashem, who was sentenced to death, and other Sunni military and political leaders were made.
The Kurdish forces, backed by U.S. airpower, took one district near the eastern entrance to Jalawla, Iraqi troops were advancing towards the nearby town of Saadiya
The Government Accountability Office accused the Obama administration of failing to give Congress advance notice required for the release of Guantanamo Bay detainees.
The highest number of documented killings were recorded in Rural Damascus province(39,393), followed by Aleppo (31,932), Homs (28,186), Idlib (20,040), Daraa (18,539) and Hama (14,690).
The publication said it chose "to publish it in full in the interest of transparency and to fully tell Jim's story. We believe the text offers insight into the motivations and tactics of the ISIL."
The first 20 of 43 Malaysian victims, including 15 Malaysia Airlines crew, were brought home in coffins draped in the national flag.
The 35-year-old woman with advanced cancer had been travelling via Abu Dhabi airport when her health deteriorated
Rescue workers feared the continuing rain could set off further landslides in the area after a month's worth of rain fell in one night