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Gaza ceasefire reveals full extent of Israeli destruction

Palestinians appear dazed by level of damage as they check homes, retrieve possessions and search for bodies of relatives Thousands of people in Gaza have ventured out from homes and shelters during a 12-hour ceasefire to find that whole streets and neighbourhoods have been destroyed in the last week. Israel…

UN warns of world inaction as South Sudan famine looms

op UN aid chiefs have begged donors to increase efforts to stave off looming famine in South Sudan, where a third of the population are in crisis after months of war. Nearly a million children aged under five face acute malnutrition, the World Food Programme (WFP) and UN children’s agency…

Human remains still at MH17 crash site, says Australia PM

More than a week after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 came down in rebel-held eastern Ukraine human remains are still at the crash site, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Saturday. The majority of the 298 people killed when the plane was apparently shot down by a missile were Dutch, but…

US evacuates embassy in Libya amid fierce clashes

The United States Saturday evacuated all its staff from its embassy in Libya due to the fierce fighting in the capital, US officials said. Although the embassy had already been operating on limited staffing, the remaining team drove overland to Tunisia to safety only hours after the Libyan government warned…

Richard III’s makeshift grave opens to public

The grave of King Richard III, immortalised by Shakespeare as one of history’s great villains, was opened up to the public on Saturday in central England. The remains of the infamous ruler were found in 2012 under a car park in the city of Leicester. Around a hundred visitors were…

Al Qaeda releases video of American suicide bomber in Syria

Syria’s Al-Qaeda affiliate has released a video of a US suicide bomber who blew himself up at an army post in the northwest of the country. Moner Mohammad Abu Salha, alias Abu Hurayra al-Amriki, was believed to be the first American national to carry out such an attack in Syria’s…

Giant anteaters kill two hunters in Brazil

Giant anteaters in Brazil have killed two hunters in separate incidents, raising concerns about the animals’ loss of habitat and the growing risk of dangerous encounters with people, researchers said. The long-nosed, hairy mammals are not typically aggressive toward people and are considered a vulnerable species by the International Union…

Breathe deeply, it is safe to go on a plane, travellers told

After three major air disasters in one week, with planes coming down in Ukraine, Taiwan and then Mali without a single survivor, passengers can be forgiven for feeling a little pang of panic boarding their flights. Waiting to check in at Paris’s Charles De Gaulle airport on Friday, Thai athlete…

Gaza 12-hour humanitarian ceasefire truce begins

A 12-hour ceasefire entered into force between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip at 0500 GMT on Saturday, the 19th day of a conflict that has killed hundreds. Israel and the Islamist movement said they would observe the temporary ceasefire, after US Secretary of State John Kerry was unable…

French mayor ditches anti-gay marriage stance to preside at son’s wedding

Raymond Bardet, mayor of Haute Savoie village of Ville-la-Grande, says he made exception for son, but ‘it won’t happen again’ For mayor Raymond Bardet, a vehement opponent of same-sex marriage, the question pitted parental love against principle. However, when asked to officiate at the union of his son and another…

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