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MH17 victims remembered

Australians were Sunday remembering those killed on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at church services, as stories emerged of parents losing children, and doctors, teachers and a nun among the dead. Twenty-eight of the 298 people on the plane apparently shot down in eastern Ukraine on Thursday were Australians, while eight[…]

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Gaza toll rises as invasion widens

Benjamin Netanyahu has said that Israel is prepared for a “significant expansion” of the ground invasion in Gaza, after overnight bombardments killed dozens of Palestinians. The Israeli prime minister said on Friday he had instructed the army to “prepare for the possibility of significantly widening the ground operation”. “We don’t[…]

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Ukraine rebels pledge truce for jet recovery

Pro-Russian separatists have promised to cease fire for two to four days in eastern Ukraine to allow recovery work at the site where a Malaysian airliner carrying 298 people crashed, Russia’s RIA news agency quoted a rebel leader as saying. The announcement came as world leaders demanded an investigation into[…]

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UN: more than 5,000 killed in Iraq this year

The United Nations has said at least 5,576 civilians have been killed by violence in Iraq this year. At least 11,665 have been wounded since January, when Sunni fighters from the group calling itself the Islamic State, overran the city of Fallujah in the western province of Anbar, the UN[…]

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Israel begins Gaza ground assault

Israeli ground troops backed by tanks and warplanes swept into Gaza on a mission to stamp out rocket fire that the Hamas leadership said Friday was doomed to fail. The deathtoll amongst Palestinians soared to 258 as the Israeli offensive entered its 11th day, with the army bombarding Gaza by air[…]

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‘Jetliner did not make distress call’

The Malaysia Airlines jetliner that went down in war-torn Ukraine did not make any distress call, Malaysia’s prime minister said Friday, adding that its flight route had been declared safe by the global civil aviation body. Najib Razak, who addressed a middle-of-the-night news conference after speaking with leaders of Ukraine[…]

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Morsi’s fugitive son arrested

A son of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, who was sentenced to a year in prison for possession and use of hashish, was arrested early Friday at a train station south of Cairo, security officials said. Abdullah Morsi, 19, who security officials said was on the run, was arrested while[…]

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Libya warring factions agree to truce

Powerful militias battling for the Libyan capital’s airport have agreed a ceasefire, Tripoli said Friday, after the government sought UN help to stop the country from becoming a “failed state”. Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdelaziz asked the UN Security Council to dispatch experts to train Libya’s defence and police forces to[…]

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Israel ‘considers Egypt plan for Gaza truce’

A five-hour humanitarian truce has ended in the Gaza Strip, amid reports that Israel was considering a wider ceasefire proposed by Egypt. The UN-brokered humanitarian truce ended at 12pm GMT on Thursday with two reported infractions – three mortar bombs landed in Israel while Israeli tank fire was reported in[…]

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UN warns of “immense” Gaza casualties

Reiterating calls for an immediate end to the Israeli war on Gaza, the United Nations said the level of human loss and destruction became “immense” as the war on Gaza enters its ninth day. “The numbers are increasing by the hour,” Sami Mshasha, from the UN Relief and Works Agency[…]

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