The Ukrainian government claims wins in rebel stronghold Luhansk
2014-08-21 05:28:54 UTC
The Ukrainian government has announced control of the rebel stronghold Luhansk. The news follows a day of heavy fighting around the eastern city of Donetsk that left at least 40 people dead.
With street battles ongoing on Wednesday, Ukrainian t...
Germany 'ready' to arm Kurdish peshmerga forces
2014-08-20 12:35:33 UTC
Germany has announced that it plans to supply northern Iraq with military equipment. The Iraqi Kurds are battling Islamic State -ISIS- fighters who have taken over a number of cities and displaced minority populations.
German Foreign Minister F...
Refugee convoy hit by Pro-Russian rebels rockets
2014-08-18 21:47:41 UTC
Dozens of people, including women and children, were killed on Monday when a convoy carrying refugees was hit by rocket fire near the eastern city of Luhansk, a Ukrainian military spokesman said.
Government forces and pro-Russian rebels accused...
1,200 Ukraine rebels 'trained in Russia'
2014-08-16 17:16:32 UTC
One of the top rebel leaders in eastern Ukraine claims that his forces have recently received 1,200 fighters who had undergone training in Russia. The claim came during a speech to leading rebels, apparently recorded on Friday and posted to YouTub...
Ukraine destroyed Russian vehicles after crossing border
2014-08-15 22:27:09 UTC
Ukraine claims it has destroyed Russian military vehicles in the country's east, a day after a column was spotted moving across the border.
Ukraine's president, Petro Poroshenko, told David Cameron in a phone call that his country's armed force...
Shells hit Ukrainian city of Donetsk amid Russia convoy row
2014-08-14 15:59:57 UTC
Heavy shelling has hit the rebel-held Ukrainian city of Donetsk, amid a continuing row over a controversial Russian aid convoy.
People poured out of offices in the city centre after an evacuation warning sounded. At least one person has died.
US denies role in plot to oust Iraqi PM Maliki
2014-08-11 23:34:58 UTC
American officials have denied participating in a plot to oust Iraq prime minister Nouri al-Maliki, despite a series of phone calls made by Barack Obama and Joe Biden to support the appointment of his successor.
Obama welcomed the selection of ...
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: New three-day ceasefire holds
2014-08-11 09:34:52 UTC
Gaza was hit by an Israeli strike at sunset - ahead of the new ceasefire, as Orla Guerin reports
The agreement, which began at midnight (21:00 GMT Sunday), came after days of intense mediation by Egypt.
If the truce continues to hold, Israel...
US aircraft strike 'ISIS' artillery in Iraq
2014-08-08 18:32:01 UTC
US aircraft have struck targets of the 'Islamic State' militant group in Iraq. US President Barack Obama had earlier authorized airstrikes in northern Iraq following militants' rapid advances.
The Pentagon said on Friday that two F/A-18 aircraf...
Worst since the Nazi era: Anti-Semitism Rises in Europe
2014-08-08 09:27:58 UTC
In the space of just one week last month, according to Crif, the umbrella group for France's Jewish organisations, eight synagogues were attacked. One, in the Paris suburb of Sarcelles, was firebombed by a 400-strong mob. A kosher supermarket and ...
Day 2 of Ceasefire: Gaza residents return to ruined homes
2014-08-06 18:19:59 UTC
Formal negotiations to secure a lasting ceasefire in the Gaza Strip are expected to begin in Cairo on Wednesday, as a temporary truce between Israel and Hamas enters a second day.
Hamas is officially banned from political activity in Egypt, but...
Russian Gang Amasses Over a Billion Internet Passwords
2014-08-06 07:12:45 UTC
A Russian crime ring has amassed the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials, including 1.2 billion user name and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses, security researchers say.
The records, discovered...
Amnesty International: Nigeria army committed atrocities
2014-08-05 07:12:54 UTC
Nigeria's army has committed atrocities in the north-east in its fight against Islamist militants belonging to Boko Haram, Amnesty International says.
The campaign group said it had seen "gruesome footage" including alleged members of the milit...
WHO: The Ebola outbreak is 'spreading too fast'
2014-08-01 17:53:03 UTC
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is spreading faster than efforts to control it, World Health Organization (WHO) head Margaret Chan has said.
She told a summit of regional leaders that failure to contain Ebola could be "catastrophic" in terms ...
Israeli soldier 'captured by militants' as ceasefire ends
2014-08-01 17:40:37 UTC
Israeli forces are searching for a soldier believed captured, as a 72-hour truce with Hamas in Gaza collapsed just hours after it had begun.
The soldier, named as Hadar Goldin, 23, disappeared when Israeli forces trying to destroy a suspected m...
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...