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Gaza: The death toll from the four-day Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip climbed to 121 Saturday as more Palestinians were killed in unending rounds of Israeli bombardment of the coastal enclave.

The escalating violence has raised concerns of the international community which has largely remained mute in the past few days.

Despite the international pressure, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country would continue the campaign and did not rule out a ground offensive, Xinhua reported.

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Managua: President Vladimir Putin made a surprise stop in Nicaragua after visiting Russia’s Cold War ally Cuba, part of a tour to increase Moscow's influence in Latin America amid frayed ties with the West.

Putin's six-day trip will also take him to Argentina and Brazil, where he will take part in a summit of the BRICS group of emerging countries -- an agenda that neatly aligns with his push for a multipolar world at a time when the Ukraine crisis has brought Moscow-Washington relations to a post-Cold War low.

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Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday his country would not bow to international pressure to halt the offensive on Gaza.

"No international pressure will prevent us from acting with full power," Xinhua quoted Netanyahu as telling in a news conference. "The operation will continue until quiet is returned to Israel."

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Gaza: At least 10 Palestinians were killed and 15 injured Saturday during airstrikes by Israeli warplanes all over the Gaza Strip.

According to officials, in one incident three Palestinians were killed and five injured in an airstrike near a mosque in western Gaza city, Xinhua reported.

Two handicapped girls were killed and five injured when airstrikes hit a handicapped society in northern Gaza, the officials said.

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Kiev: Thirty Ukrainian troopers were killed Friday and at least 50 pro-Russian separatists died in the past 24 hours in heavy shelling in the east of the country, Ukranian officials said.

The troopers were killed at dawn in a rebel rocket attack with Russian Grad missiles in the eastern region of Lugansk, said Zorian Shiriak, an advisor at the Ukrainian interior ministry.

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Baghdad: Kurdish security forces seized two major oilfields in Kirkuk Friday after they expelled Arab workers and replaced them with Kurds, the Iraqi government said in a statement.

The statement issued by the country's oil ministry said that Kurdish forces, known as Peshmerga, stormed the crude oil production facilities of Kirkuk and Bay Hassan at dawn and took control of them, Xinhua reported.

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United Nations: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned of the "risk of an all-out escalation in Israel and Gaza," urging Israelis and Palestinians to find common ground for a return to calm and a cease-fire understanding.

"We are now several days into a dangerous escalation in and around Gaza," Ban told an emergency meeting he called Thursday of the UN Security Council on the Middle East.

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Dubai: UAE President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Thursday announced 25 million dollars aid for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, state media reported.

The UAE president was donating the money as urgent humanitarian aid to support the Palestinian people, "who are exposed to the latest brutal Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip", reported Xinhua citing an official statement.

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Ankara: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday that it is impossible for his country to restore the strained bilateral ties with Israel unless the strikes on Gaza end, a media report said.

Earlier in the day, Erdogan made phone calls to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal as Israeli military continued with its offensive against Gaza targets, Xinua reported.

He told the two that Turkey will stand in unity with the Palestinians against Israeli attacks, media reported.

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Palestinian families leave their houses following overnight Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City on July 10, 2014. AFP

Jerusalem: The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) Thursday told Palestinians living near the Gaza Strip border to evacuate their homes, media reports said.

More than 100,000 Palestinians residing in areas adjacent to the border received notification from the IDF in a recorded message over the phone that they must evacuate their houses as quickly as possible, Xinhua reported citing the Ynet news website as saying.

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