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UK deploys powerful warship in Gulf

Britain’s biggest warship is being sent to the Gulf for its first mission as tensions rise in the region after Iran threat to block the Strait of Hormuz, it has been revealed. Naval commanders believe the deployment of HMS Daring, a Type 4

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Closing Hormuz 'not so easy for Iran'

Iran's navy chief boasts that closing the Strait of Hormuz to oil traffic would be 'easier than drinking a glass of water.' Hardly, US analysts say. Iran's navy does not have the size for a sustained physical blockade of th

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Israel says easing Gaza land blockade

Israel's security cabinet decided on Thursday to ease a Gaza land blockade following an international outcry over a deadly raid on an aid flotilla. "It was agreed to liberalise the system by which civilian goods enter Gaza (and) expand the

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US, Egypt discuss ways to ease Gaza's plight

US Vice President Joe Biden said on Monday that he was working closely with Egypt on new ways of dealing with the problems facing the Palestinians in Gaza as a result of the Israeli blockade. Israel has faced international calls to lift th

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Israeli navy blocks Libyan ship's Gaza mission

A Libyan ship trying to deliver aid to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on Monday turned back in the face of an Israeli naval blockade, Palestinian officials said. The ship, Al-Marwa, sailed instead to a port in neighbouring Egypt. It left

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Blockade threat to factories

People in an area of Muharraq are threatening to form a human blockade to prevent work starting on two controversial cement factories. The government previously gave verbal permission for the new plants as Bahrain battles with a cement cri

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Free Gaza with 'iron & fire' says Bin Laden

Osama bin Laden has urged Palestinians to use 'iron and fire' to end an Israeli blockade of Gaza, in a recording after the Vatican rejected accusations by the Al Qaeda chief of a 'new crusade'. In an audiotape broadcast by the Qatar-based

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Gazans flood in as Egyptian forces pull back

Egyptian troops kept their distance from the breached Gaza border on Saturday a day after a security guard was shot in the foot, allowing thousands of Palestinians to stream unhindered into Egypt. Palestinian taxis drove passengers across

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WHO worried over Gaza health situation

The World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed concern over the health situation in and around Gaza sparked by a Israel fuel blockade. WHO said the blockade has caused huge suffering for the civilian populations in the area. 'In

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Rice tells Israel to avoid Gaza crisis

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Tuesday she had spoken to the Israelis and urged them to avert a humanitarian crisis in Gaza where Israel implemented a blockade on fuel and electricity. 'Nobody wants innocent Gazans to suffe

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