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The US is likely to consider military strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria.

Washington: The White House said it was ready to "take action" against any threat to America as it indicated serious consideration of US military strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria.

The Pentagon has warned of the dangers of IS and said operations against it in Syria may be needed, after weeks of air strikes have slowed the advance of the Sunni militant group in Iraq and as the West reeled from the grisly killing of American journalist James Foley.

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Members of Islamic State in Raqqa this summer (AFP image)

Cairo: At least 70 members of the Islamic State (IS) Sunni extremist organisation have been killed in two days of clashes with the Syrian Army over al-Tabaqa military airport, the only bastion still in the hands of the government in al-Raqa province in northern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Friday.

The London-based NGO said dozens of IS militants were also injured in the fighting with Syrian forces and some of them are in serious condition.

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Islamabad: Tensions in the Pakistani political landscape eased Friday with the Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) party agreeing to return to the negotiating table as the Senate or the upper house of parliament backed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Senior PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi told reporters in Islamabad that his party was now ready to engage in negotiations with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)-led government, Dawn online reported.

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Baghdad: At least 64 people were killed Friday when suspected Shia militiamen attacked a Sunni mosque in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, a media report said.

A bomber blew himself up and other gunmen fired fleeing worshippers during Friday prayers in a Sunni mosque in Baquba city, 120km from Baghdad, BBC reported.

The attack is seen as a blow to Iraqi government efforts to secure backing from Sunni groups in its battle against Islamic State (IS) jihadis.

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Kiev/Moscow: Ukraine Friday accused Russia of invading the country after a convoy of Russian trucks carrying humanitarian aid crossed the border allegedly without permission or supervision of the Red Cross, Efe news agency reported.

In remarks to the press in Kiev, the head of Ukraine's Security Service, Valentin Nalivaychenko, called the move "a direct invasion under the cynical cover of the Red Cross" and said the convoy was made up of military vehicles with false documents.

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Geneva: Over 190,000 people were reportedly killed in Syria between March 2011 and April 2014, according to a UN study released Friday.

The latest analysis, the third in a series commissioned by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), recorded that conflict-related deaths in the restive country were 191,369 during that period, Xinhua reported.

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Thousands of Palestinian Hamas supporters follow the body of three of Hamas senior commanders killed in an Israeli military strike during their funeral in Rafah in the south of the Gaza Strip. AFP photo

Gaza City: A Gaza security official said Hamas has killed 11 suspected informers for Israel.

Friday's killings came a day after Israel killed three top Hamas military commanders in an air strike on a house in southern Gaza Strip.

Hamas has vowed revenge for the targeting of its leaders.

The security official said the 11 suspected informers were killed early on Friday at the Gaza City police headquarters. He said that the 11 men had previously been sentenced by Gaza courts.

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Islamic State militants are the most dangerous threat the US has faced in recent years, warned Washington.

Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said that the US air strikes had helped to break the militant’s advance in Iraq, but they could be expected to regroup. America's top general Martin Dempsey stressed that ISIS could not be defeated without attacking their base in Syria.

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Kuala Lumpur: The bodies of 20 Malaysian victims of Flight MH17 that crashed in Ukraine in July have arrived in Kuala Lumpur, as the nation holds a day of mourning.

A specially chartered plane took off from Amsterdam and landed around 10:00 local time (02:00 GMT). National flags will be flying at half-mast across the country and a minute of silence will be observed.

Flight MH17 is believed to have been shot down by a missile fired by pro-Russian rebels. They denied the claim.

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United Nations: A senior official of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said here Thursday that a total of 469 children were killed in the Gaza Strip, where the situation is "dire" because of its debilitating effect on the one million Gaza Strip inhabitants under the age of 18.

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