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Kerry to push for 'immediate' ceasefire

Kerry to push for 'immediate' ceasefire

US Secretary of State John Kerry was to push for an "immediate" ceasefire in Gaza after arriving in Cairo yesterday, President Barack Obama said. Obama also said that while Israel has the right to defend itself against a barrage of Hamas rockets, Washington has "serious concerns about the rising number of Palestinian civilian deaths...

Israeli tanks 'shell Gaza hospital'

Israeli tanks 'shell Gaza hospital'

Israeli tanks have reportedly shelled a hospital in Gaza, killing at least four people and wounding 60, half of whom were medical staff. A Palestinian health official said that 12 shells had been fired at the Al Aqsa hospital in the town of Deir el-Balah, striking parts of the building that included the intensive...

Dutch experts inspect Ukraine crash bodies

Dutch experts inspect Ukraine crash bodies

Dutch forensic experts yesterday began examining bodies from the MH17 plane disaster that have been held up at an east Ukraine train station as Kiev and insurgents wrangle over the fate of the remains. As world leaders deplored the "shambolic" state of the crash site left in the hands of the rebels, the animosity...

Iran complying with nuclear deal

Iran has eliminated all its most sensitive nuclear material in line with an interim deal struck with world powers, a new UN atomic agency report showed yesterday. Days after a deadline to reach a lasting nuclear deal was pushed back four months, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran was continuing to comply with its international commitments, in a report seen by AFP. Under a Geneva agreement with world powers reached in November, the Islamic Republic vowed to freeze certain nuclear...

Nobel laureates condemn Israeli action

Nobel laureates condemn Israeli action

Several Nobel laureates, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Mairead Maguire, are calling for an arms embargo against Israel over the ongoing aggression against the Palestinian Gaza Strip that has cost over 548 Palestinian lives and injured over 3,000 so far. In an open letter, the sixty-four signatories denounce Israel for once again to use...

Mh17 Crash Developments

Mh17 Crash Developments

Families to get $5,000 as initial help Afp, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Airlines said yesterday it would make an initial payment of $5,000 to families of passengers aboard its crashed flight MH17 to each passenger's immediate family "as goodwill to ease... their economic needs". "Funds have already been made available for this purpose," it said in a...

Typhoon Ramasun

Death toll rising

The death toll is still rising and hundreds of thousands of homes are without power five days after Typhoon Rammasun's rampage through the Philippines, authorities said yesterday. Reports of fatalities from the typhoon, which struck the archipelago on July 16, continued to come in from isolated areas, bringing the number of dead to 97, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said in a statement.

Political makeover in Jammu, Kashmir

The political and electoral scene in India's Jammu and Kashmir state is set to look different with ruling National Conference and Congress party having decided to snap their uneasy alliance and contest the coming elections to state legislature separately. However, the two parties will continue their coalition government till the fresh elections due later this year. The tenure of the present government in the state headed by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah of National Conference is till January 5 next. "We wish...

News in Brief

S Sudan truce crumbles as rebels battle govt forces Afp, Juba South Sudan rebels and government troops battled yesterday over the strategic town of Nasir, the United Nations said, with rebels launching their largest offensive since an oft-broken May truce. Heavy shooting continued for a second day with fighting continuing in the northern town and rebel forces apparently in "firm control" of the centre, UN spokesman Joe Contreras said. Jihadists seize Iraq monastery Afp, Mosul Jihadist militants have taken over a monastery in northern Iraq,...

Published Date: July 21, 2014
Israel using flechette shells

Israel using flechette shells

The Israeli military is using flechette shells, which spray out thousands of tiny and potentially lethal metal darts, in its military operation in Gaza. Six flechette shells were fired towards the village of Khuzaa, east of Khan Younis, on 17 July, according to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights. Nahla Khalil Najjar, 37, suffered...