Israel has now resumed its air strikes on Hamas-controlled Gaza, after Israel's brief truce was met with continuing rocket fire. Earlier today Israel had accepted an Egyptian ceasefire proposal and stopped operations. However the armed wing of Hamas rejected the initiative, calling it a "surrender".
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has hit out at Western assertions that a military solution to a nuclear dispute with Tehran remained an option. He also pledged that Tehran would press on "forever" with what he called peaceful atomic research.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has arrived Ghana on a maiden visit as part of a three nation African tour. He arrived at the Kotoka International Airport on the Iranian presidential aircraft and was welcomed by President John Dramani Mahama, amidst pomp and pageantry. A cultural troupe drummed and danced to receive him. A contingent from the Ghana Armed Forces also mounted a parade to welcome the Iranian guest. The two-day visit is the last leg of his African tour, which included Benin, Niger and Ghana. It is aimed at strengthening Ghana -Iran relations, which dates back to 1974. President Ahmadinejad shared with his Ghanaian counterpart, Iran’s experiences, especially in the oil and gas industry.
The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, is visiting Turkey to draw attention to the humanitarian impact of the conflict in Syria. On Wednesday, Amos met with the Governor of Kilis, Süleyman Tapsız with whom she also held talks on the situation of the Syrian refugees in that area. Following a tour to a daycare centre in the Kilis camp, Amos met refugee families living there and the Turkish and international agencies helping them. She also visited a Women Centre, its weaving section, and the camp market where refugees are using e-cards to buy groceries.
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