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The Obama administration has said that the military mission to rescue thousand of Yazidis stranded on Mount Sinjar in Iraq is for now unlikely.

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Rio de Janeiro: Eduardo Campos, a candidate for the Brazilian presidency, died Wednesday morning in a plane crash in Santos, in southeastern state of Sao Paulo.

The Brazilian air force confirmed that the plane which crashed over several houses and a gym in a residential neighbourhood in Santos was the same jet Campos used for his campaign, Xinhua reported. According to authorities, seven people were in the plane and there were no survivors.

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Cairo: A five-day ceasefire extension agreement has been reached between Israel and Hamas in Cairo to give the two sides a chance to hold further consultations on a permanent truce.

The truce begins at 01.00 a.m. Thursday, after an earlier 72-hour truce mediated by Egypt was due to expire Wednesday midnight, MENA reported.

However, just hours before the truce deadline, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said that a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit southern Israel Wednesday evening.

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Islamabad: A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused it of indulging in a proxy war against India, Pakistan on Wednesday hit back by dubbing it as "baseless rhetoric" and said both countries should focus on resolving issues instead of engaging in blame game.

"The press reports of Indian accusations, at the highest political level, are most unfortunate, especially as the leadership of Pakistan wishes to establish good neighbourly relations with India," Pakistan foreign office spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said.

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New York: Two Indian-origin academicians have won prestigious global prizes in the field of mathematics with one of them being awarded the Fields Medal - known as the "Nobel Prize of mathematics".

Manjul Bhargava won the Fields Medal while Subhash Khot won the Rolf Nevanlinna Prize, awarded by the International Mathematical Union (IMU), at the International Congress of Mathematicians 2014 held in Seoul.

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Jeddah: The executive committee of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Tuesday held an emergency ministerial meeting here to deliberate on the Israeli "aggression" on the Gaza Strip, state-run Saudi Press Agency reported.

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Moscow: Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Russian President Vladmir Putin Tuesday ageed to enhance bilateral cooperation between the two countries after the two leaders met in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi, state-run MENA news agency reported.

Sisi said he was confident that boosting Egypt-Russia relations was something both the leaders were looking forward to. He added that his talks with Putin focused on bilateral ties, as well as regional and international issues.

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Cairo: Egypt Tuesday termed as "negative and biased" a human rights report on the crackdown a year ago on protest camps at Cairo's Rabaa el-Adaweya mosque and Nahda square, state-run MENA news agency reported.

The report by US-based Human Rights Watch ignored terrorist operations against Egypt by the Muslim Brotherhood group in 2013, the report quoted the government as saying after reviewing the report Tuesday.

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Gaza: The UN World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners Tuesday launched a special food distribution programme in Gaza for 730,000 people who are not receiving food under other programmes, in an effort to reach all conflict-affected people there.

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Brasília: Israeli President Reuven Rivlin apologized to his Brazilian counterpart for a remark by a foreign ministry spokesman calling the Latin American powerhouse a "diplomatic dwarf."

The comment in July was made by spokesman Yigal Palmor after Brazil criticized Israel's military campaign in Gaza as excessive and recalled its envoy in Tel Aviv.

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