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...
Ebola outbreak: Asky bans flights in West Africa
2014-07-29 17:40:43 UTC
A major West African airline has stopped flying to Liberia and Sierra Leone amid growing concern about the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.
Asky said it took the decision to keep "its passengers and staff safe during this unsettling time".
Russia on point of leaving 1987 arms-control treaty
2014-07-29 17:02:39 UTC
Russia may be on the point of walking out of a major cold war era arms-control treaty, Russian analysts have said, after President Obama accused Moscow of violating the accord by testing a cruise missile.
There has been evidence at least since ...
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...
Netanyahu: We will continue 'until mission is accomplished'
2014-07-28 19:47:35 UTC
The war in Gaza erupted afresh on Monday as Israel warned of a protracted military campaign to destroy cross-border tunnels and disarm Hamas and other militant groups.
"We need to be prepared for a long operation until our mission is accomplish...
UN calls for immediate ceasefire in Gaza
2014-07-28 06:31:45 UTC
The UN Security Council has called for an "immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire" in Gaza.
An emergency session backed a statement calling for a truce over the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr "and beyond".
Both the Palestinian and...
Satellite images 'show Russian rocket fire into Ukraine'
2014-07-28 05:58:31 UTC
The US on Sunday released satellite images it said backed up its claims that rockets have been fired from Russia into eastern Ukraine and heavy artillery for separatists has also crossed the border.
A four-page document released by the State De...
Ebola outbreak: Sierra Leone escaped patient dies
2014-07-26 22:32:39 UTC
A Sierra Leone woman who fled hospital after testing positive for the Ebola virus has died after turning herself in, health officials have told the BBC.
Her family had forcibly removed her from a public hospital on Thursday.
Since February, ...
US evacuates embassy staff from Libya due to militia clashes
2014-07-26 22:26:48 UTC
The US says it has temporarily evacuated its staff from the Libyan capital Tripoli over security concerns.
Staff, including marine guards providing security to the embassy, have been transferred to Tunisia "due to the ongoing violence resulting...
Barack Obama banned from entering Chechnya
2014-07-26 22:22:13 UTC
Although Russia has not responded to US sanctions over the Ukraine crisis by putting a travel ban on President Barack Obama, there is one part of the country he is now barred from entering: Chechnya.
On Saturday Ramzan Kadyrov, the president of...
MH17 crash: Russia says sanctions against us are illegal
2014-07-25 08:55:23 UTC
The west is imposing "illegal, unreasonable and counter-productive" sanctions against Russia based on internet forgeries that do not prove any of its missiles shot down the Malaysian airliner, the Russian ambassador to London has said.
US evidence: Russia fired artillery into Ukraine
2014-07-25 08:28:55 UTC
The US says it has evidence that Russia has fired artillery across the border targeting Ukrainian military positions.
Russia also intends "to deliver heavier and more powerful multiple rocket launchers" to pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine, th...
Air Algerie AH5017: 'No survivors' from crash in Mali
2014-07-25 21:58:21 UTC
There are no survivors from the Air Algerie AH5017 passenger jet that crashed in Mali, says the French President, Francois Hollande.
Mr Hollande said one flight data recorder had been recovered, after French troops reached the crash site near M...
Gaza Bloodbath: Israel attacks UN school, Kills at Least 16
2014-07-24 17:40:07 UTC
Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a UN school in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing at least 16 people and wounding dozens who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside.
Pools of blood soiled the school ...
Hamas: Gaza blockade must end before ceasefire
2014-07-24 07:03:55 UTC
The leader of Islamist militant group Hamas has said there can be no ceasefire to ease the conflict in Gaza without an end to Israel's blockade.
Khaled Meshaal said Hamas would continue to reject a lasting ceasefire until its conditions were me...
UK investigators to examine MH17 flight data
2014-07-24 06:57:29 UTC
UK investigators are to start examining the flight data recorder from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane.
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch in Farnborough will start the process almost a week after the plane crashed in eastern Ukraine.
Top rebel commander 'admits' rebels had Buk missile system
2014-07-24 06:37:46 UTC
A top rebel commander in eastern Ukraine has reportedly said that the armed separatist movement had control of a Buk missile system, which Kiev and western countries say was used to shoot down a Malaysia Airlines plane last week.
MH17: Netherlands holds solemn ceremony for victims
2014-07-23 17:32:24 UTC
The Netherlands has received the first victims' bodies from crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in a solemn ceremony at Eindhoven air base.
Forty hearses left for the town of Hilversum where the formal identification process will begin.
UN warns of Israel's military actions in Gaza 'war crimes'
2014-07-23 17:00:11 UTC
The UN's top human rights official has condemned Israel's military actions in the Gaza Strip, saying that war crimes may have been committed.
Navi Pillay told an emergency debate at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that Israel's military o...
John Kerry flies to Israel to meet Netanyahu and Abbas
2014-07-23 16:44:11 UTC
The US secretary of state, John Kerry, has arrived in Tel Aviv for to push for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas as fierce fighting continues in Gaza.
The move came as political leaders and diplomats held urgent talks in the region with the ...
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...
Rebels in eastern Ukraine have handed over two black boxes from the downed MH17 plane to Malaysian experts
2014-07-22 07:21:12 UTC
A senior rebel leader signed them over to the Malaysian officials at a meeting in the city of Donetsk.
The handover came hours after the UN Security Council voted unanimously to demand immediate international access to the crash site.
MH17: UN demands immediate crash site access
2014-07-22 07:16:58 UTC
The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution demanding access to the crash site of a passenger plane downed over a rebel-held area in Ukraine.
Pro-Russian separatists earlier allowed bodies from the Malaysia Airlines crash to be taken to th...
Iran completes process of eliminating enriched uranium
2014-07-21 06:58:35 UTC
Iran has turned all of its enriched uranium closest to the level needed to make nuclear arms into more harmless forms, the UN nuclear agency says.
The conversion of its stock of 20%-enriched uranium was part of a deal to curb Iran's nuclear pro...
MH17: The evidence against Russia
2014-07-20 22:27:35 UTC
The fact is that only a few weeks ago, a convoy of 150 vehicles of artillery, armoured personnel carriers, multiple rocket launchers, tanks, crossed over from Russia into this area and these items were all turned over to the pro- Russia separatist...