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Gaza air strikes 'kill five' as rockets hit Israel.  
Saturday, 09 August 2014 - 17:42
Five people have been killed in Israeli air strikes on Gaza, health officials there say, as Palestinian militants continue to fire rockets at Israel.Violence resumed after the end of a three-day ceasefire on Friday.Tensions have also...
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US aid drop follows fresh raids on militants in Iraq  
Saturday, 09 August 2014 - 13:51
The US has conducted its second air-drop of food and water to thousands of Iraqis hiding in mountains from jihadist fighters.It came hours after the US launched fresh air strikes against militants from the Islamic State.The group had...
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West warns Russia against 'aid' mission in Ukraine  
Saturday, 09 August 2014 - 13:51
The UK and US governments have warned Russia not to use humanitarian assistance as a pretext for sending troops into eastern Ukraine.US Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power said any such intervention would be "completely unacceptable...
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US and UN condemn new Gaza violence  
Saturday, 09 August 2014 - 13:52
The US and UN have condemned the resumption of attacks between Gaza and Israel yesterday, urging both sides to cease hostilities.Israel renewed strikes on Gaza soon after a three-day truce expired, saying it was in response to rocket...
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Obama authorises air strikes on Iraq  
Friday, 08 August 2014 - 11:52
US President Barack Obama says he has authorised air strikes against Islamic militants in northern Iraq, if they threaten US interests or to prevent the slaughter of religious minorities.However, the president said US troops would...
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UN Security Council urges world to help Iraqi government  
Friday, 08 August 2014 - 8:02
The United Nations Security Council has condemned attacks by Iraqi jihadists , after hundreds of thousands of people from minority groups fled from militants.The Islamic State group has seized Qaraqosh, Iraq's biggest Christian town,...
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MH17 search suspended over security concerns  
Thursday, 07 August 2014 - 11:42
International experts suspended their search for body parts at the MH17 crash site because of deteriorating security in eastern Ukraine.Today, a flight containing a large number of personal belongings of victims is expected to arrive...
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Israel offers Gaza truce extension but Hamas rejection reported  
Thursday, 07 August 2014 - 7:07
Israel has offered to extend a three-day ceasefire in Gaza which began on Tuesday after nearly a month of conflict.However, unconfirmed reports on social media suggest the militant Hamas movement, which controls Gaza, has not agreed...
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Israel-Palestinian talks under way  
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 - 20:28
Indirect talks between Israeli and Palestinian representatives are taking place in the Egyptian capital Cairo.They come after a four-week conflict in Gaza that has claimed more than 1,900 lives.Egyptian mediators are shuttling between...
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US general Harold Greene killed by Afghan soldier  
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 - 16:38
A US general has been killed in an attack by an Afghan soldier at a British-run military academy near Kabul.Maj Gen Harold Greene is the highest ranking US military official to have been killed since US-led combat operations in Afghanistan...
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Missing plane MH370: Search contractor named  
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 - 13:19
Australia has announced that a Dutch firm has been chosen to carry out the underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.Fugro Survey will use two vessels to search a swathe of the Indian Ocean.The ships would use side-scan...
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China earthquake toll nears 600  
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 - 11:10
Almost 600 people are now known to have died in the earthquake that hit Yunnan province on Sunday.The 6.1-magnitude quake struck a mountainous area, destroying thousands of houses and triggering landslides.A total of 589 people were...
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Gaza conflict: Kerry urges broader Israel-Palestinian talks  
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 - 7:12
US Secretary of State John Kerry has urged Israel and the Palestinians to take advantage of the Gaza truce to move towards broader negotiations.Kerry told the BBC the situation could concentrate minds on the need to negotiate a "two-state...
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Military jets escort Qatar Airways plane to Manchester Airport.  
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 - 20:13
Military jets have escorted a passenger plane to Manchester Airport after reports of a possible device on board.The Qatar Airways plane was escorted in to land by the Royal Air Force following information received by the pilot.Greater...
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China earthquake death toll passes 400.  
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 - 17:31
More than 400 people have died in an earthquake that devastated a Chinese village, as relatives faced the stark probability that rescuers would only find the remains of their loved ones.The death toll in the south-western province...
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Israeli troops 'withdraw from Gaza'  
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 - 13:30
Israeli military says All Israeli troops are to be withdrawn to "defensive positions" outside of the Gaza Strip.Colonel Peter Lerner told reporters Israeli forces would pull out before a 72-hour truce.Israeli media reports had claimed...
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Israel, Hamas agree on new 72-hour truce  
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 - 9:20
Israel and Palestinian groups including Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian truce in Gaza.The ceasefire will start at 05:00 GMT today.Yesterday Israel held its own seven-hour "humanitarian window" in Gaza but then resumed its...
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Race to rescue China quake survivors  
Monday, 04 August 2014 - 17:48
China has sent 2,500 soldiers to the south-west province of Yunnan after an earthquake killed hundreds of people.At least 400 people died and more than 1,800 were injured when the magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck yesterday.Chinese troops...
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South Indian movie stars protest against Sri Lanka  
Monday, 04 August 2014 - 17:27
Meanwhile, Members of Tamil film industry, staged a protest against Sri Lanka in Chennai today.They protested a recent article in Sri Lankan Defence Ministry website, which had comments about Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and Prime...
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Gaza conflict: Israel plans partial seven-hour ceasefire  
Monday, 04 August 2014 - 12:34
Israel has announced a seven-hour "humanitarian ceasefire" in parts of Gaza, starting this morning.A senior Israeli military official said the truce would not apply to Rafah and that Israeli troops would respond if they came under...
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China earthquake kills hundreds in Yunnan province  
Monday, 04 August 2014 - 7:56
At least 367 people have been killed and some 1,300 injured by a magnitude 6.1 earthquake in south-west China.The US Geological Survey said the quake struck about 11km north-west of Wen-ping in Yunnan province at 08:30 GMT.A major...
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Update : Earthquake 'kills 150' in south-west China  
Sunday, 03 August 2014 - 17:45
At least 150 people have been killed and scores more injured after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck in south-west China.The US Geological Survey said the quake struck about 11km north-west of Wenping in Yunnan province.One local official...
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Israel says missing soldier is dead  
Sunday, 03 August 2014 - 8:32
The Israeli military says a soldier reported missing in Gaza on Friday is dead.Hadar Goldin was believed to have been captured by militants during fighting, leading to the collapse of a ceasefire shortly after it had been declared.The...
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Gaza conflict: New exchanges amid Israeli soldier hunt.  
Saturday, 02 August 2014 - 19:54
Israel has carried out fresh attacks on Gaza and militants have launched more rockets into Israel as a hunt continues for a missing Israeli soldier.Palestinian officials said 55 people had died in Israeli strikes on Saturday, most...
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'Facebook down': People around world report outage  
Friday, 01 August 2014 - 21:52
Facebook is currently suffering an outage, with users around the world reporting problems accessing the site.
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Taiwan gas blasts in Kaohsiung kill at least 24  
Friday, 01 August 2014 - 11:52
A series of gas explosions in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung has killed 24 people and injured about 270 others.The blasts rocked the city's Cianjhen district, scattering cars and blowing deep trenches in roads.The exact cause...
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New Gaza humanitarian truce agreed by Israel and Hamas  
Friday, 01 August 2014 - 8:36
Israel and Hamas have agreed to an unconditional 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza from 05:00 GMT today.A joint US and UN statement urged all parties to "act with restraint" until the ceasefire begins. Talks on a more permanent...
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Israel calls up reserve soldiers while Netanyahu says Hamas tunnels should be destroyed.  
Thursday, 31 July 2014 - 18:22
Israel is calling up 16,000 extra reservists to bolster its military as the conflict in Gaza continues.The move brings the total number of reserves called up by Israel to 86,000. Officials say it will give the army scope to maintain...
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Russia warns sanctions will backfire on West  
Thursday, 31 July 2014 - 11:49
A defiant Russia said on that Western sanctions over Ukraine would backfire on the United States and lead to energy price hikes in Europe after Brussels and Washington unveiled the toughest punitive measures against Moscow since the...
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Gaza toll passes 1,300 on day 23 of Israeli assault  
Thursday, 31 July 2014 - 6:59
More than 100 people died in Israeli strikes across Gaza yesterday including 17 at a crowded marketplace, sending the Palestinian toll from 23 days of fighting above 1,330.An earlier strike also killed 16 people when shells hit a UN...
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Deadly shelling hits UN school as Hamas mulls truce  
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 - 19:08
Israeli shells struck a UN school in Gaza killing 16, as ground troops made a significant push into the territory despite Palestinian efforts to broker a 24-hour truce.It was the second time in a week that a UN school sheltering hundreds...
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Ukraine conflict: US and EU widen sanctions on Russia.  
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 - 14:26
US President Barack Obama has announced new economic sanctions against Russia, saying they will make Russia's "weak economy even weaker".He said the co-ordinated actions of the US and European Union would "have an even bigger bite"...
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Gaza conflict: Hamas vows no Israel ceasefire.  
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 - 9:32
A reclusive Hamas commander has rejected suggestions the Palestinian militants are ready for a ceasefire with Israel to end violence in Gaza.In an audio recording, Mohammad Deif, commander of Hamas' military wing, said his soldiers...
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Israel intensifies Gaza attacks after Netanyahu warning.  
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 - 16:16
Gaza has seen one of its heaviest nights of bombardment in three weeks, after Israel's prime minister warned of a long conflict ahead.Gaza's only power plant was damaged as Israel carried out 60 air strikes, also targeting sites associated...
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Deadly violence in Gaza and Israel  
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 - 8:13
Gaza and southern Israel have seen an upsurge in violence despite a plea by the UN secretary general for a cessation of hostilities.Explosions in Gaza City reportedly killed 10 people, including children.Israel confirmed five of its...
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