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Islamist militants kill 18 in Philippines

28 July 2014, 16:23

Islamist militants in the Philippines have killed 18 people in revenge for their clan's support of government efforts to bring stability to the region, the military has warned of more bloodshed.

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California lightning strikes 14 people

28 July 2014, 13:58

Lightning struck 14 people, injuring two critically, during rare summer thunderstorms that swept through Southern California, authorities say.

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MH17 armed mission 'unrealistic' - Netherlands

28 July 2014, 10:17

The Netherlands has scrapped plans to send an international armed mission to secure the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17, fearing a deployment risked being dragged into the conflict in east Ukraine.

Gaza's Christians bury their first casualty

28 July 2014, 08:36

Gaza's Christian community has buried its first casualty, hours after an Israeli airstrike destroyed her family's home.

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Hamas agrees to new 24-hour truce in Gaza

27 July 2014, 16:06

Hamas Islamist militants have agreed to a 24-hour humanitarian truce in its conflict with Israel in the Gaza Strip that should start within the hour, the group's spokesperson says.

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Muslims pray in church as bombs fall ahead of Eid

27 July 2014, 07:12

For Gaza resident Mahmud Khalaf, it was a bizarre new experience, prostrating himself for his daily Muslim prayers beneath the gaze of an icon of Jesus Christ.

Man accused of child abuse over 20 years

26 July 2014, 19:39

German authorities have arrested a man suspected of sexually abusing children over the past two decades after finding a boy who had been missing for several weeks at his apartment.

Israel extends temporary truce

26 July 2014, 19:45

Israel has approved a four-hour extension of a temporary truce in Gaza, Israeli television says, after the Palestinian death toll topped 1 000 with the retrieval of dozens of bodies.

Israel says missing soldier definitely dead

26 July 2014, 08:17

The Israeli army has announced that a soldier unaccounted for after an ambush in the Gaza Strip six days ago was definitely dead.

Gaza 12-hour humanitarian truce enters into force

26 July 2014, 08:13

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.

Ex-rebel Ukraine city uncovers 'mass grave'

25 July 2014, 22:00

The city of Slavyansk in eastern Ukraine, a former rebel stronghold back under Ukrainian military control, has found its first mass grave.

Black boxes from Taiwan air crash investigated

25 July 2014, 21:23

Investigators are examining wreckage and flight data recorders for clues into a plane crash on a Taiwanese island that killed 48 people.

US airlines, others resume flights to Israel

25 July 2014, 20:20

American, Russian and some European carriers have resumed flights to Israel after a two-day freeze amid fears that rocket fire from Gaza was endangering commercial air traffic into Tel Aviv.

Palestine declares 'Day of Rage'

25 July 2014, 19:22

In the West Bank, Palestinian factions have declared a "Day of Rage" after a night of clashes over Israel's Gaza offensive.

Surgeons in India remove 232 teeth from teen

25 July 2014, 18:31

Dental surgeons in India's largest city say they have removed 232 small "tooth-like structures" from the mouth of a teenage boy with a rare medical condition.

South Korea lab fails to find out how ferry owner died

25 July 2014, 17:29

South Korea's forensic lab says it has failed to determine the cause of death for a billionaire blamed for April's ferry disaster, amid public criticism that authorities didn't identify his body for a long time, yet continued a manhunt for him.

US panel votes to authorise lawsuit against Obama

25 July 2014, 16:25

Republicans in the US House of Representatives have taken another step toward authorising a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, claiming he has overstepped his executive powers.

Parents convinced MH17 daughter still alive

25 July 2014, 15:24

The parents of an Australian victim of the MH17 disaster are clinging to hopes their daughter may still be alive, travelling to Ukraine to find her, reports say.

Gaza truce talks very complicated - US

25 July 2014, 13:48

Diplomatic talks to end the fighting in Gaza as civilian casualties mount are very complicated, a US official says.

US congratulates Iraq on electing new president

25 July 2014, 12:23

The United States has thrown its weight behind the newly elected president of Iraq, Fuad Masum, and urged him to form a "cohesive government" to help fight Islamic militants.

Investigators: MH17 black box data not tampered with

25 July 2014, 10:42

Dutch investigators into the shooting down over Ukraine of flight MH17 have said that they had downloaded data from the black box flight recorder and that it had not been tampered with.

MH17 probe complicated as PM resigns

25 July 2014, 09:01

Ukraine's prime minister has resigned after his governing coalition collapsed, plunging the former Soviet state into political limbo as it struggles to quell a deadly rebellion in the east.

Israel fire takes Gaza deaths above 800

25 July 2014, 07:38

Israeli fire has killed four people in Gaza, including a pregnant woman, bringing the total death toll to more than 800, Palestinian emergency services spokesperson Ashraf al-Qudra says.

Twin car bombs kill at least 13 in central Baghdad: police

24 July 2014, 21:45

Two suicide car bombs exploded seconds and a few hundred metres apart in a busy area of central Baghdad, killing at least 13 people.

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