UN, US announce ceasefire to begin Friday morning
2014-07-31 23:16:50 UTC
Israel and Hamas have agreed to an unconditional 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza from 08:00 (05:00 GMT) on Friday, the US and UN say.
A statement urged all parties to "act with restraint" until the ceasefire begins. Talks on a more perma...
Ukraine army claims strategic town in Donetsk
2014-07-30 19:37:42 UTC
The Ukrainian army says it has seized a key town near the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, as fighting rages in the east.
Pro-Russia separatists were driven out of Avdiivka on Wednesday, the army said. The strategic town is near the airport and tra...
Israel hits U.N. school refuge 'without warning'
2014-07-30 09:30:47 UTC
Tank fire has killed at least 15 Palestinians sheltering at a school in a Gaza refugee camp, the UN says.
Witnesses at the UN-run Abu Hussein school, where thousands were taking refuge, said walls had been destroyed.
Israel, which has accuse...
EU agrees new Economic sanctions against Russia
2014-07-29 16:01:02 UTC
European Union governments reached a deal on Tuesday to impose economic sanctions against Russia, targeting its oil industry, defence, dual-use goods and sensitive technologies.
The sanctions will be reviewed after three months, a diplomat said...
Israel has accepted a 24-hour ceasefire in Gaza
2014-07-26 22:47:22 UTC
Israel has accepted a UN request for a 24-hour ceasefire in Gaza, but warns the army will act if it is breached by Palestinian militants.
A crisis cabinet meeting extended Saturday's truce until midnight on Sunday (21:00 GMT).
The move comes...
Gaza conflict: Israel and Hamas 'agree short truce'
2014-07-25 22:33:43 UTC
Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 12-hour pause in hostilities in Gaza, reports say.
The truce is due to begin at 0800 local time (0500 GMT). Efforts to negotiate a seven-day ceasefire are still ongoing.
Earlier US Secretary of State John Ke...
Jerusalem protests: Kills at least 2 and 200 wounded
2014-07-25 08:20:30 UTC
At least two Palestinians have been killed and 200 wounded in the West Bank during protests against Israel's campaign in Gaza, officials say.
About 10,000 protesters marched from Ramallah towards East Jerusalem, where they were met by Israeli f...
MH17: Putin 'created conditions' | Separatists 'shot down'
2014-07-23 07:22:20 UTC
US intelligence officials accused Moscow of "creating the conditions" that resulted in the death of 298 people aboard the Malaysian Airlines jet shot down last week over a part of Ukraine controlled by Russia-backed separatists.
But in a partia...
Israeli strike hits Gaza hospital
2014-07-21 21:06:23 UTC
At least five people have been killed and 70 injured by an Israeli strike on a hospital in Gaza, Palestinians say.
The Israeli military said it had targeted a cache of anti-tank missiles in the hospital's "immediate vicinity".
Gaza: Kerry says 'It's a hell of a pinpoint operation'
2014-07-20 22:50:34 UTC
The secretary of state, John Kerry, on Sunday appeared to criticise Israel’s claims about the targeted scope of its attacks on Gaza, as a open microphone caught him talking to an aide ahead of a TV interview.
“It’s a hell of a pinpoint operatio...
Obama warns Israel amid rising death toll
2014-07-19 08:19:36 UTC
US President Barack Obama has backed Israeli's right to self-defence, but warned against escalation in Gaza.
Speaking to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday, he underlined his support for Israel's right to defend itself against Palestin...
Israel begins ground offensive in Gaza
2014-07-17 20:17:27 UTC
JERUSALEM — Israel began a ground invasion into the Gaza Strip Thursday night, saying it would target tunnels that can infiltrate its territory after cease-fire talks failed to de-escalate the air war that has raged for 10 days.
The military re...
Israel seeks agreement that would restore the authority of Abbas, in Gaza
2014-07-17 19:57:03 UTC
Israel wants a ceasefire agreement that would restore the authority of the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, in Gaza, according to a senior government official.
Talks in Cairo seeking a way to end the 10-day conflict in Gaza, in which more ...
Malaysia Airlines plane MH17 'crashes in Ukraine'
2014-07-17 19:19:02 UTC
A Malaysian airliner carrying 295 people has crashed in east Ukraine on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, amid allegations it was shot down.
Bodies are scattered around what is believed to be the wreckage of the jet near the village of G...
Israel declares 'humanitarian truce' in Gaza
2014-07-17 04:58:02 UTC
Israel says it will observe a "humanitarian ceasefire" in Gaza on Thursday, after days of deadly rocket and missile exchanges with militants.
A statement from the Israeli military said it would hold fire from 10:00 to 15:00 (07:00-12:00 GMT), t...
Obama Announces Expanded Sanctions Against Russia
2014-07-17 04:57:52 UTC
The Obama administration is imposing new, deeper sanctions on Russia for its intervention in Ukraine, targeting Russian banks and energy and defense firms.
“Given its continued provocations in Ukraine, today I have approved a new set of sanctio...
John Kerry: 'Every single ballot cast' will be counted again
2014-07-15 18:12:15 UTC
Afghanistan will audit every vote cast in the recent presidential election, the US secretary of state, John Kerry, announced on Saturday, marking a breakthrough in a dangerous standoff between the leading candidates.
“Every single ballot that w...
Israel says it has shot down drone launched from Gaza
2014-07-14 07:49:59 UTC
Israel claims to have downed a drone from the skies above its southern coastline. The unmanned aircraft, which Israel says was launched from Gaza and shot down with a Patriot missile near the city of Ashdod, is the first weapon of its kind Israel ...
Gaza air strikes are a necessary show of force for Israel
2014-07-10 18:04:43 UTC
It may sound like the refrain of a sad, familiar song. But, faced with Hamas and other armed groups in Gaza firing hundreds of rockets at it, Israel had no other choice than to launch a military operation. The immediate trigger was the abduction o...
Israel pounds Gaza with air and naval strikes
2014-07-09 06:15:24 UTC
Israeli jets and naval gunfire pounded the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, killing more than 20 people and injuring dozens more, as the government of Binyamin Netanyahu launched a large-scale military operation against the Islamist militant group Hamas in ...
Eduard Shevardnadze, Soviet Union's last FM dies
2014-07-07 19:01:22 UTC
Eduard Shevardnadze, the Soviet Union's last foreign minister and later the president of Georgia, has died aged 86 after a long battle with illness. His death was confirmed by a spokesperson on Monday.
The politician had an extraordinary career...
Ukraine troops regain control of Slavyansk
2014-07-06 00:12:54 UTC
Government troops have raised a Ukrainian flag over the rebel stronghold of Slavyansk in Kiev's biggest tactical victory since the start of the conflict in the east of the country.
Kiev's forces entered the city on Saturday after pro-Russia reb...
Palestinian teenager kidnapped and killed in revenge attack
2014-07-02 06:32:29 UTC
A Palestinian teenager from annexed east Jerusalem has been kidnapped and killed in a suspected act of revenge for the murder of three Israeli youths, army radio reported.
The radio said the youth was seen being forced into a car in the Arab ea...
Bodies of three missing Israeli teenagers found in West Bank
2014-06-30 23:46:37 UTC
The bodies of three missing Israeli teenagers who disappeared almost three weeks ago have been found buried in a shallow grave under rocks in a valley close to the southern West Bank city of Hebron.
Following the discovery of the bodies the Isr...
US flying armed drones in Iraq
2014-06-28 06:17:15 UTC
The US has confirmed it is flying armed drones over Baghdad to protect US troops who recently arrived to assess Iraq's deteriorating security.
The military for more than a week has been flying manned and unmanned aircraft over Iraq, averaging a...