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UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos
2014.07.25 04:03:11

UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos expressed deep concern about the mounting civilian casualties in Gaza, warning that it was "almost impossible" for Palestinians to shelter from Israeli airstrikes.

Speaking to BBC Radio, she said:

The reality in Gaza is, it doesn't matter how hard Israel tries to minimize harm, this is an extremely overcrowded stretch of land.

Tags: Gaza | Israel

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Israel's military operation in Gaza
2014.07.25 04:01:40

Britain is "gravely concerned" by the high number of civilian casualties resulting from Israel's military operation in Gaza, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Thursday.

Speaking on his first official visit to the region since taking over as Britain's top diplomat, Hammond said London would do everything it could to help broker a quick end to the hostilities.

At a news conference with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Hammond expressed Britain's support for Israel's right to self-defense, acknowledging that the current fighting was caused by Hamas firing rockets "indiscriminately" at Israeli towns and cities.

"But we are gravely concerned by the ongoing heavy level of civilian causalities," he said as another 30 Palestinians were killed in ongoing fighting in Gaza, among them at least six children.


Tags: Gaza | Israel | Britain

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Ukraine forces and pro-Russian separatists
2014.07.25 03:59:41

Ukraine government forces and pro-Russian separatists continued to clash in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine on July 24. This video shows the remains of a bridge said to be in the Donetsk town of Horlivka. It shows a bridge collapsed onto a railway, with a vehicle amid the debris.

Tags: Russia | Ukraine

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Kerry reaches out to Hamas allies to press truce
2014.07.25 03:58:54

US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to his counterparts in Qatar and Turkey, which support the Palestinian group Hamas, as he pressed for a Gaza ceasefire.

Kerry - who is in Egypt, which has drafted a truce proposal for the Israel-Hamas conflict - spoke by phone with the foreign ministers of Qatar and Turkey, a US official said.

The top US diplomat was hoping Qatar and Turkey would use their influence to encourage Hamas to accept a ceasefire plan, which the Islamist group has so far rejected, the official said.

Kerry also spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, after meeting him for two hours late Wednesday.

Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal is based in Qatar.

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has harshly criticized Israel's assault on Hamas-ruled Gaza as well as Egypt's role in trying to  clinch a ceasefire.


Tags: Gaza | Israel | Hamas | Egypt | United States | John Kerry | Turkey | Qatar

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Acting prime minister of Ukraine
2014.07.25 03:57:16

Reports say Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Hroysman has been named as acting prime minister of Ukraine following the resignation of PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk. Hroysman is also a former mayor of the west-central Ukraine city of Vinnytsya.

Tags: Ukraine

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Israeli military in Bethlehem
2014.07.25 03:56:12

Palestinian youths protesting against Israel's offensive in Gaza, clashed with the Israeli military in Bethlehem.

Dozens of Palestinians hurled stones and molotov cocktails at Israeli soldiers, who responded with tear gas and water cannon.

Tags: Gaza | Israel

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US claims Russia firing artillery across border at Ukrainian military
2014.07.25 03:54:53

The United States  government has accused Russia of firing artillery across the border into Ukraine to target Ukrainian military positions in the conflict against pro-Russian separatists.

"We have new evidence that the Russians intend to deliver heavier and more powerful multiple rocket launchers to the separatist forces in Ukraine, and have evidence that Russia is firing artillery from within Russia to attack Ukrainian military positions," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said.

Harf, speaking at a regular media briefing, cited intelligence reports, but said she could give no more information of what the reports were based on.

Russia has in the past denied it is directly involved with the rebellion in its western neighbor, but the United States and its European allies accuse Moscow of arming and encouraging the uprising and have imposed sanctions on Moscow in response. [Reuters]

Tags: Ukraine | Russia | United States

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Thailand urged Israel to relocate 4,000 Thai nationals
2014.07.25 03:43:00

Thailand on Thursday urged Israel to relocate 4,000 Thai nationals working near the battle-scarred Gaza strip after one of its citizens was killed.

Israeli police said a farm laborer, Narakorn Kittiyongkul, died on Wednesday when a projectile fired from Gaza struck the greenhouse where he was working in the southern part of the country.


Tags: Gaza | Israel | thailand

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MH17 black box data now downloaded
2014.07.25 03:41:53

Dutch investigators into the shooting down over Ukraine of flight MH17 have said that they had downloaded data from the black box flight recorder and that it had not been tampered with.

"No evidence or indications of manipulation of the recorder was found," the Dutch Safety Board (OVV) said in a statement on Thursday.

"The data was successfully downloaded and the flight data recorder contained valid data of the flight," it said.

The OVV said on Wednesday that it had successfully downloaded recordings from the black box cockpit voice recorder.

The recorders, salvaged from the plane wreckage in eastern Ukraine, are being analyzed at the Air Accidents Investigation Branch headquarters in Farnborough, southwest of London. [AFP]

Tags: Ukraine | Russia | Netherlands

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Approximately 98 rockets were fired at Israel
2014.07.25 03:40:52

Since midnight, approximately 98 rockets were fired at Israel, out of which 70 hit Israeli territory and 25 were intercepted, according to a statement by the Israeli military.

The military said that over the course of Wednesday, it "targeted over 100 terror sites across the Gaza Strip, including concealed rocket launchers, terror tunnels, militant compounds, and terror activity posts located within the premises of Al-Wafa hospital".

Israeli forces have also detained 150 Palestinians suspected of involvement in “terror activity” and transferred them for security questioning, the statement said.

Tags: Gaza | Israel

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Plane with more crash victims leaves Ukraine
2014.07.25 03:39:30

A Dutch military aircraft carrying victims of the Malaysian plane which was downed over eastern Ukraine has departed for the Netherlands.


Tags: Ukraine | Russia | Netherlands

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Bombardment by the Israeli military
2014.07.25 03:13:24

Three children were among 25 people killed today in bombardment by the Israeli military on the Gaza Strip.

Most of Thursday's casualties were reported in the town of Khan Younis in southeast of Gaza, but ambulances struggled to enter the area amid intense fighting between Israeli troops and Palestinian Hamas fighters.

Tags: Gaza | Israel | Hamas

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Brawl in Ukraine Parliament
2014.07.25 03:12:15

Ukraine local media is reporting the dissolution of the country's communist party.

This follows a fight in parliament as politicians tried to physically remove the leader of the pro-Russia Communist party.

The brawl was over accusations he made to a Russian TV channel about high civilian casualties he alleged happened because of Ukrainian government forces.

Tags: Ukraine

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Death toll update
2014.07.25 02:59:00

At least 23 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip in bombardment by the Israeli army on Thursday morning.

The latest deaths bring the total death toll in the 17-day Israeli assault on Gaza to 732, including scores of children. More than 4,600 people have been injured.

Two Israeli civilians have been killed by fire from Gaza since the offensive began. The total number of Israeli soldiers killed since the start of the military assault rose to 32. One more soldier has been listed as missing and is believed to be dead.

Tags: Gaza | Israel

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Ukraine rebel commander acknowledges fighters had BUK missile
2014.07.25 02:57:59

In an interview with Reuters, a rebel leader has confirmed that pro-Russian separatists had a BUK anti-aircraft missile and accused Kiev of provoking its use.

"They knew that it would be deployed there, and provoked the use of this BUK by starting an air strike on a target they didn’t need, that their planes hadn’t touched for a week."

For the full interview, click here.

Tags: Ukraine | Russia

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American flights to Israel
2014.07.25 02:44:12

The US national aviation authority has lifted a ban on American flights to Israel, but warned of a "very fluid situation" amid intense fighting with Palestinians in nearby Gaza.

"The FAA has lifted its restrictions on US airline flights into and out of Israel's Ben Gurion Airport by cancelling a Notice to Airmen it renewed earlier today," the Federal Administration Agency said in a statement.


Tags: Gaza | Israel | United States

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Russia calls on US to show proof of missile claims over MH17 disaster
2014.07.25 02:43:07

"They've said US intelligence has technical data and satellite photos which show that the missile was launched from rebel-held territory. The question is, where is this data?"

Russia Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antono

Tags: Ukraine | Russia | United States

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Inclusive government is needed in Iraq
2014.07.25 02:41:44

UN secretary general says an inclusive government is needed in Iraq

"Iraq is facing an existential threat but it can be overcome by the formation of a thoroughly inclusive government."

Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary general, at a joint press conference with Iraq PM, Nouri al-Maliki.

Tags: Iraq

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Red Cross vehicles came under heavy Israeli fire
2014.07.25 02:32:41

Ambulances and two Red Cross vehicles have entered the outskirts of Gaza's Khuzaa, near the southern city of Khan Younis, after the area came under heavy Israeli fire overnight.

A pause in the fighting was negotiated and medical teams were given one hour to go in to recover the dead and wounded.

Tags: Gaza | Israel

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Australia police ready to be deployed to Ukraine
2014.07.25 02:30:01

Australia's PM, Tony Abbott says 50 police officers have been sent to London and are ready to be deployed to Ukraine to help secure the crash site.

Tags: Ukraine | Russia | Australia

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