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In Gaza, whatever the target, children often the victims

Ten-year-old Afnan Shuheiber was playing on a Gaza City rooftop with her cousins when she became one of at least 73 children killed by Israeli fire in the Gaza Strip. The spiralling number of children killed in the latest conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas in Gaza has…

Looting and tear gas in Paris as protestors riot over Israeli offensive in Gaza

A French rally against the deadly Israeli offensive in Gaza once again descended into chaos Sunday as protesters looted shops and riot police lobbed tear gas and rubber bullets into the crowds. The demonstration in the northern Paris suburb of Sarcelles is the third to have deteriorated in the space…

Sky News apologizes after reporter rummages through luggage of flight MH17 victim on air

British broadcaster Sky News apologised after one of its presenters searched through luggage at the crash site of downed flight MH17 live on air on Sunday. In a news broadcast, presenter Colin Brazier was shown rooting through personal belongings in an opened suitcase at the site, picking up a set…

World AIDS forum opens with tribute for plane dead

A six-day world forum on AIDS got under way on Sunday to tributes to six campaigners killed on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and fresh vows to crush a disease that has claimed twice as many lives as World War I. Thousands of delegates at the 20th International AIDS Conference in…

Stats don’t lie: Shakira most ‘liked’ pop star on Facebook

Colombian pop star Shakira has become the first person to reach more than 100 million fans on Facebook, becoming the most “liked” celebrity on the social network in the process. The multi-lingual singer, who recently performed at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Brazil World Cup, stands ahead of rivals…

Putin’s Russia risks burning bridges over jet crash

Russia risks burning bridges with the West over the deadly Malaysian plane crash in Ukraine, as analysts warn that President Vladimir Putin might never accept responsibility for the disaster. Observers said Thursday’s shooting down of a Boeing 777 with 298 people on board over Ukrainian territory held by pro-Kremlin rebels…

‘Maverick’ star James Garner dies at age 86

James Garner, 86, star of the hit TV series “Maverick” and “The Rockford Files,” has died, Los Angeles police told AFP on Sunday. Police and fire department personnel responded to a call at Garner’s home at 8 pm Saturday (0400 GMT Sunday), said officer Alonzo Iniguez at the West Los…

US says recordings of Ukraine rebels admitting MH17 downing ‘authentic’

Alleged intercepted phone conversations released by Ukraine’s security service of pro-Russian rebels discussing how they shot down Malaysian airliner MH17 are genuine, the US embassy in Kiev said Sunday. Ukraine’s SBU security agency on Thursday released recordings of what it claimed were phone talks involving rebels and a Russian military…

Hamas ‘stubbornly’ refusing ceasefire bid: John Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry Sunday blamed Hamas for the continuation of the conflict in Gaza, saying the Islamic militants were refusing all ceasefire efforts. “They’ve been offered a ceasefire and they’ve refused to take the ceasefire,” Kerry told ABC television, adding Hamas has “stubbornly” refused efforts to defuse…

Gaza’s Shejaiya: a moonscape strewn with bodies

The ambulances and firetrucks of Gaza’s emergency services gathered on the edge of the Shejaiya district to await news of a humanitarian ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas group. The word arrived at 1030GMT — a two-hour truce to allow the retrieval of the dead and wounded, as well…

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