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Turkey snubs Jewish body's call to return Erdogan award

American Jewish CongressA call by the American Jewish Congress for Recep Tayyip Erdogan to return his 2004 Courage Award shows it is "blind towards the Israeli government's brutality and occupation policies" in the Occupied Territories, the Turkish Prime Minister's office has said in a letter to the organisation.

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Brazilian president calls Israeli attack on Gaza a massacre

Dilma RousseffBrazilian President Dilma Rousseff has described the ongoing Israeli offensive against the population of the Gaza Strip as a "massacre". The bombardment and invasion has so far killed 1,085 Palestinians, the majority of whom were civilians.

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Washington on Israeli criticism: 'This is not the way allies treat each other'

Jennifer PsakiThe spokeswoman of the US State Department, Jennifer Psaki, said the US government is "surprised" and "disappointed" that the "confidential" draft US ceasefire proposal was leaked to the press.

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Congress bill calls for designating Muslim Brotherhood as 'terrorist organisation'

Michele BachmannA number of republicans in the US Congress have submitted a bill that designates the Muslim Brotherhood as a "foreign terrorist organisation" (FTO), Anadolu reported.

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Washington: Turkey is key to Gaza ceasefire efforts

Turkey is playing a key role in arranging a ceasefire in Gaza, US State Department spokeswoman Mary Harf said yesterday.

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