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Update 3: 44 killed, soldier missing in Gaza

At least 44 Palestinians have been killed while the Israeli military says two soldiers are dead and an infantry officer is feared captured in Gaza. Israel and Hamas are accusing each other of breaking the ceasefire, which had been announced by the US and UN and took effect at 8am local time today. The fighting broke out less than two hours later. The...

  • Last plane carrying MH17 victims departs for Netherlands

    Last plane carrying MH17 victims departs for Netherlands

    An Australian air force transport plane was the last aircraft to depart eastern Ukraine today carrying the remains of victims from the downed Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. All 298 people on board the flight perished when it was brought down over...

  • Rebels shoot down Syrian helicopter

    Syrian rebels have shot down a helicopter gunship over an area of the northern city of Aleppo, killing at least four people. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the helicopter was shot down with a missile over a...

  • Ebola outbreak spreads to Nigeria

    The Ebola outbreak that has left more than 660 people dead across West Africa has spread to Nigeria. The disease has spread to Africa's after a Liberian man with a high fever vomited aboard an aeroplane to Nigeria and then died there, officials...

  • Russia may ban some McDonald's food

    Nearly 25 years after McDonald's delighted Soviets with their first taste of American fast-food culture, the company could be banned from selling some of its signature products. The Russian consumer protection agency said it is taking the company...

  • Updated: Russia hits out at new EU sanctions

    Updated: Russia hits out at new EU sanctions

    Russia has condemned the latest round of Ukraine-related sanctions imposed by the European Union, saying they endanger the fight against international terrorism. The sanctions, announced yesterday, impose travel bans and asset freezes on 15...

  • Update 2: Gazans restock as ceasefire holds

    Update 2: Gazans restock as ceasefire holds

    Gaza residents used a 12-hour humanitarian ceasefire today to stock up on supplies and survey the devastation from nearly three weeks of fighting between Israel and Hamas. In the northern town of Beit Hanoun, the main road was impassable in parts...

  • Crunch time for truce as Gaza death toll over 800

    Crunch time for truce as Gaza death toll over 800

    US Secretary of State John Kerry pressed regional leaders to nail down a Gaza ceasefire yesterday as the civilian death toll soared, and further violence flared between Israelis and Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and...

  • Bad weather most probably the cause of Air Algerie crash

    Bad weather most probably the cause of Air Algerie crash

    Poor weather was the most likely cause of the crash of an Air Algerie flight in the West African state of Mali that killed all 118 people on board, French officials said yesterday. Investigators at the scene of the crash in northern Mali concluded...

  • ‘Russia is transferring rocket system to rebels’

    ‘Russia is transferring rocket system to rebels’

    The Pentagon yesterday said the transfer of heavy-calibre multiple-launch rocket systems from Russia to Ukrainian separatists appeared to be imminent with the arms close enough to the border they could be handed over “potentially today”. “We have...

  • Ebola victim goes on the run

    Sierra Leone officials appealed for help yesterday to trace the first known resident in the capital with Ebola whose family forcibly removed her from a Freetown hospital after testing positive for the deadly disease. Radio stations in Freetown, a...

  • Batman’s latest outfit

    Batman’s latest outfit

    Attendees eye the new Batman outfit at the franchise’s 75th anniversary display during the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention in San Diego, California.

  • Israel hits 30 houses in Gaza Strip

    Israel hits 30 houses in Gaza Strip

    Israeli aircraft have struck 30 houses in the Gaza Strip, killing a leader of the militant Islamic Jihad group and two of his sons. Israeli ground troops and Hamas gunmen fought intense battles in the north and centre of the territory, Palestinian...

  • Experts arrive to secure MH17 site

    Experts arrive to secure MH17 site

    A small group of Dutch and Australian investigators walked the sprawling, unsecured site where Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 went down as their governments prepared police detachments that will try to protect the crash area and help bring the last...

  • Communities shaken by Mideast attacks

    Communities shaken by Mideast attacks

    Cross border attacks between Israel and Gaza shook communities today, as ceasefire efforts have yet to bear fruit. A flurry of long-range rocket launches set off sirens around Israel's commercial capital of Tel Aviv, where witnesses reported...

  • MH17 flight code ends

    MH17 flight code ends

    The final MH17 flight lands in Kuala Lumpur before the code is dropped as a mark of respect for victims of the plane downed over Ukraine. Paul Chapman reports

  • MH17 investigators 'hampered'

    MH17 investigators 'hampered'

    Some investigators at the scene of the MH17 plane wreck in Ukraine say their work is being hampered. Paul Chapman reports

  • Dutch sending police to crash site

    Dutch sending police to crash site

    The Netherlands is sending 40 unarmed military police to eastern Ukraine as part of an increased effort to find the last victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 still at the wreckage site. Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced he is also...

  • Ban 'shocked and appalled' by shelling of Gaza school

    Ban 'shocked and appalled' by shelling of Gaza school

    UN secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon made an impassioned plea for Israel and Hamas to end their conflict and vehemently condemned the shelling of a UN-run school in the Gaza Strip. "I was shocked and appalled by what has happened in Beit Hanoun," Ban...

  • Air Algerie wreckage found in Mali

    Air Algerie wreckage found in Mali

    The wreckage of the Air Algerie plane that went missing has been found about 31 miles from the border of Burkina Faso near the village of Boulikessi in Mali, a presidential aide said. "We sent men with the agreement of the Mali government to the...

  • At least 15 die in Israeli shelling of Gaza school

    At least 15 die in Israeli shelling of Gaza school

    Gazan authorities said Israeli forces shelled a shelter at a UN-run school yesterday, killing at least 15 people as the Palestinian death toll in the conflict climbed over 750 and attempts at a truce remained elusive. United Nations...