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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…

Israelis gather on hillsides to watch and cheer as military drops bombs on Gaza

People drink, snack and pose for selfies against a background of explosions as Palestinian death toll mounts in ongoing offensive As the sun begins to sink over the Mediterranean, groups of Israelis gather each evening on hilltops close to the Gaza border to cheer, whoop and whistle as bombs rain…

‘Death and horror’ in Gaza as thousands flee Israeli bombardment

Palestinian government condemns attack on Gaza’s Shejaiya neighbourhood as ‘war crime’ as Israel widens ground offensive The fiercest fighting of the 13-day war in Gaza erupted on Sunday as Israel dramatically widened its ground offensive, sending tanks and troops into urban areas and causing thousands of panicked civilians to flee.…

Mexico starts moving children out of squalid shelter where they were subjected to abuse

Mexican authorities began Saturday moving children out of a shelter where investigators say hundreds of minors were kept in squalid conditions and subjected to physical and sexual abuse. Police raided the home, known as “La Gran Familia” and located in the western town of Zamora, Tuesday amid reports that five…

Israel to expand Gaza ground offensive

srael’s army said Sunday it was expanding its ground offensive against the Gaza Strip, as the bloodiest conflict since 2009 entered its 13th day with a death toll of over 350. “This evening, the ground phase of Operation Protective Edge expands, as additional forces join the effort to combat terror…

Philippine typhoon death toll nears 100, new storm brings rains

The death toll from Typhoon Rammasun in the Philippines rose to 94 — with six missing — as another storm brought rains to the ravaged areas, authorities said Sunday. The reports of fatalities came in as repairmen struggled to restore electricity to hundreds of thousands of households who have been…

Central America to ask for U.S. aid to stem immigration

The leaders of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala plan to ask US President Barack Obama for help funding projects to stem immigration during White House talks next week. The presidents will meet Friday over the humanitarian crisis triggered by some 57,000 unaccompanied minors from Central America who have traveled illegally…

Authorities in Lebanon to investigate viral video of child beating boy as adults cheer

 Lebanon ordered an investigation Saturday into horrific video footage that has gone viral on the Internet showing a small child beating a boy, believed to be Syrian, urged on by adults. In the footage, which cannot be independently verified by AFP, the child, named Abbas, swings a club at the…

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