POLL: Majority of Russians believe Ukraine downed MH17
2014-07-30 18:33:21 UTC
The vast majority of Russians believe the Ukrainian military shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, a new poll has shown, underlining how differently the tragedy has been presented in Russia than in the west.
Western leaders have said pro-Rus...
Germany's super-shy super-rich
2014-07-29 16:21:22 UTC
Nobody could accuse the richest people in Germany of flaunting their wealth, quite the opposite.
With the death of Karl Albrecht, there was no announcement for nearly a week, and not until the small, private funeral was over. He and his brother...
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, ...
Germany: Russia should be stripped of World Cup 2018 after MH17 attack
2014-07-24 21:07:33 UTC
“Firstly, the safety of players and fans cannot be guaranteed” in Russia, said Bernd Fabritius, an MP. “And secondly, a country that behaves like a rogue state should not be rewarded with such an international media event.”
The calls served to un...
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 ...
US lifts ban on flights to Tel Aviv
2014-07-24 07:17:03 UTC
The US aviation regulator has lifted its ban on US carriers flying to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport.
But it has warned that the situation with the conflict in Gaza remains "very fluid".
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) first impo...
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...
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 ...
Lowest deeds from loftiest heights
2014-07-23 07:10:45 UTC
<strong>Israel’s 'heroic' pilots push buttons and joysticks, battling the weakest and most helpless of people.</strong>
They are the most articulate, polished, brilliant and educated of soldiers. They study at the best universities during the c...
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.
Expert’s Warning: Israel’s Iron Dome Isn’t Working
2014-07-22 06:19:11 UTC
“We’re not trying to bash Iron Dome,” says weapons scientist Richard Lloyd, author of a research paper that calls into question the effectiveness of Israel’s now famous rocket-defense system. “We’re trying to help Iron Dome. The way to help Iron D...
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...
OSCE: Ukraine rebels 'limit investigation'
2014-07-19 08:15:56 UTC
A team of international observers say pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine have limited their access to the wreckage of a Malaysia Airlines plane.
An OSCE spokesman said access to the site had been controlled by armed men, with one firing shots into t...
'Many dead' after Boko Haram Islamist attacked Damboa
2014-07-19 08:05:28 UTC
Many people are feared dead after suspected Boko Haram Islamist gunmen attacked a town in north-east Nigeria.
Eyewitnesses told the BBC that half of Damboa had been burnt down, including the town's main market.
At least 18 bodies so far have...
Iran nuclear talks deadline extended
2014-07-19 08:19:19 UTC
Diplomats have agreed a four-month extension to the deadline for an agreement between Iran and world powers on Iran's nuclear programme.
The US says it will unblock $2.8bn in frozen Iranian funds, in return for Iran continuing to convert its st...
World celebrates 1st Mandela Day since icon´s death
2014-07-18 06:17:02 UTC
JOHANNESBURG: People around the world celebrating "Mandela Day" Friday for the first time since the iconic South African leader´s death by doing good deeds on what would have been his 96th birthday.
For the past five years millions have volunt...
Edward Snowden: 'If I end up in chains in Guantánamo I can live with that'
2014-07-17 21:28:15 UTC
The NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, has urged lawyers, journalists, doctors, accountants, priests and others with a duty to protect confidentiality to upgrade security in the wake of the spy surveillance revelations.
Snowden said professiona...
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...
Hunger strikes at US secret prison
2014-07-17 04:56:59 UTC
Sometimes they stopped eating to protest unclean drinking water. Other times they stopped eating because their comrades were placed in segregated housing. Still other times they stopped eating out of dissatisfaction with their access to the Intern...
EU imposes sanctions on more Ukraine rebels
2014-07-12 16:30:48 UTC
The European Union has imposed travel bans and asset freezes on the Ukrainian separatist leader Alexander Borodai and 10 other rebels as residents of Donetsk flee amid fears of further attacks on the rebel stronghold.
The move came as the Ukrai...