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  • Truce bid as Gaza death toll rises

    Truce bid as Gaza death toll rises

    The overall Palestinian death toll passed 560 as high-level attempts to end Israel-Hamas fighting hit serious problems. As the United Nations and US secretary of state John Kerry stepped up diplomatic efforts, Gaza's Hamas rulers signalled they...

  • Rebels release bodies from plane

    Rebels release bodies from plane

    Bowing to international pressure, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane. Five days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine, and amid signs that...

  • Dead leave Ukraine crash site for return to the Netherlands

    Dead leave Ukraine crash site for return to the Netherlands

    Bodies of Malaysia Airlines crash victims and black box leave site of tragedy as calls for broader sanctions against Russia increase and Ukraine crisis deepens A train carrying the remains of most of the almost 300 victims of the Malaysia Airlines...

  • European sanctions on Russia seen as limited for now

    For all the tough talk, Europe is unlikely to punish Russia over last week’s downing of an airliner over Ukraine beyond speeding up the imposition of already agreed individual sanctions when the bloc’s foreign ministers meet today. The severity of...

  • Five dead as fighting flares in Donetsk

    Five dead as fighting flares in Donetsk

    Fighting broke out near the railway station at the heart of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk yesterday in what separatists said was an attempt by government forces to seize back the east Ukrainian city. The government in Kiev denied sending the...

  • Seven killed in Benghazi

    Seven killed in Benghazi

    Islamist militants attacked an army base in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi yesterday, triggering fierce clashes involving helicopters and jets that killed at least seven people and wounded 40 others, residents and security sources said. The...

  • Gaza death toll tops 500 as Israel kills tunnel infiltrators

    Gaza death toll tops 500 as Israel kills tunnel infiltrators

    The Palestinian death toll in an Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip rose above 500 yesterday as the army said it had killed 10 militants who tunnelled into Israel, while Gazan officials said an Israeli tank shelled a hospital, killing...

  • Can tragedy-hit airline survive double blow?

    Can tragedy-hit airline survive double blow?

    Malaysia Airlines is in uncharted territory after the disappearance of Flight MH370 in March with 239 people aboard was followed by the downing of another of its jets, carrying 298 people, over Ukraine. Before the disasters the carrier had one of...

  • 45 years after Apollo landing, US debates next lunar step

    45 years after Apollo landing, US debates next lunar step

    Forty-five years after the first Apollo lunar landing, the US remains divided about the moon’s role in future human space exploration. Ten more US astronauts followed Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s July 20, 1969, visit to the moon before the...

  • Patriot actress found dead

    Patriot actress found dead

    Actress Skye McCole Bartusiak, who played Mel Gibson’s young daughter in the 2000 film The Patriot, has been found dead at her Texas home. Her mother, Helen Bartusiak, said the 21-year-old actress had been living in a garage apartment at her...

  • ‘Cute concept’ hardwired

    ‘Cute concept’ hardwired

    Children as young as three recognise ‘cute’ features that encourage care-giving in adults, a study has found. Even before they start school, children rate puppies, kittens and babies as ‘cuter’ than their adult counterparts. Cuteness is wrapped up...

  • Prince George turns 1

    Prince George turns 1

    Prince George is seen walking in an official photograph released to mark his first birthday. It was taken during a visit with his parents to the Sensational Butterflies outdoor exhibition at London’s Natural History Museum. The youngster will...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    The only British prime minister to be assassinated has been remembered as Parliament revived the spot near where he was shot. Spencer Perceval is said to have uttered “Oh, I have been murdered” after he was gunned down by John Bellingham on May...

  • Train leaves crash site with bodies

    Train leaves crash site with bodies

    A refrigerated train bearing the bodies of many of the 298 people killed in the Malaysia Airlines plane disaster has pulled away from a rebel-held town in eastern Ukraine. Reporters saw the train leave, destination unknown, from the town of Torez,...

  • Israeli shells hit Gaza hospital, kill four - medics

    An Israeli tank shell hit the third floor of Al-Aqsa hospital in the central Gaza Strip, killing four people and wounding 70, Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qidra said. The spokesman said the third floor housed an intensive care unit and...

  • Demands over train carrying bodies

    Demands over train carrying bodies

    Dutch forensic investigators told armed separatists guarding train cars full of bodies from the downed Malaysia Airlines jet that the train must be allowed to leave within hours. The experts from the Dutch National Forensic Investigations Team -...

  • Dutch anger over treatment of dead

    Dutch anger over treatment of dead

    It is no longer only grief and mourning sweeping across the Netherlands in the aftermath of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. It is now anger. The Dutch have widely condemned the way the bodies of loved ones have been treated in Ukraine...

  • Knifeman in China attacks children

    A man with a kitchen knife has killed a one-year-old boy and injured two other children in the southern Chinese city of Zhongshan near Hong Kong, police said. The 23-year-old man attacked the children in a rented room in Zhongshan, a police...

  • 47 killed in Libya militia clashes

    Forty-seven people have been killed in clashes between rival militias fighting for control of the international airport in Libya's capital, Tripoli, government officials said today. The health ministry said on its website that 120 other people...

  • 21 more jet crash bodies recovered

    21 more jet crash bodies recovered

    Another 21 bodies have been found in the sprawling fields of east Ukraine where Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was downed last week, killing all 298 people on board. Local rescue workers piled 21 black body bags by the side of the road in Hrabove...