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US claims Russia firing artillery across border at Ukrainian military
2014.07.25 03:54:53

The United States  government has accused Russia of firing artillery across the border into Ukraine to target Ukrainian military positions in the conflict against pro-Russian separatists.

"We have new evidence that the Russians intend to deliver heavier and more powerful multiple rocket launchers to the separatist forces in Ukraine, and have evidence that Russia is firing artillery from within Russia to attack Ukrainian military positions," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said.

Harf, speaking at a regular media briefing, cited intelligence reports, but said she could give no more information of what the reports were based on.

Russia has in the past denied it is directly involved with the rebellion in its western neighbor, but the United States and its European allies accuse Moscow of arming and encouraging the uprising and have imposed sanctions on Moscow in response. [Reuters]



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Thailand urged Israel to relocate 4,000 Thai nationals
2014.07.25 03:43:00

Thailand on Thursday urged Israel to relocate 4,000 Thai nationals working near the battle-scarred Gaza strip after one of its citizens was killed.

Israeli police said a farm laborer, Narakorn Kittiyongkul, died on Wednesday when a projectile fired from Gaza struck the greenhouse where he was working in the southern part of the country.

[AFP]



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MH17 black box data now downloaded
2014.07.25 03:41:53

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.

"No evidence or indications of manipulation of the recorder was found," the Dutch Safety Board (OVV) said in a statement on Thursday.

"The data was successfully downloaded and the flight data recorder contained valid data of the flight," it said.

The OVV said on Wednesday that it had successfully downloaded recordings from the black box cockpit voice recorder.

The recorders, salvaged from the plane wreckage in eastern Ukraine, are being analyzed at the Air Accidents Investigation Branch headquarters in Farnborough, southwest of London. [AFP]



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Approximately 98 rockets were fired at Israel
2014.07.25 03:40:52

Since midnight, approximately 98 rockets were fired at Israel, out of which 70 hit Israeli territory and 25 were intercepted, according to a statement by the Israeli military.

The military said that over the course of Wednesday, it "targeted over 100 terror sites across the Gaza Strip, including concealed rocket launchers, terror tunnels, militant compounds, and terror activity posts located within the premises of Al-Wafa hospital".

Israeli forces have also detained 150 Palestinians suspected of involvement in “terror activity” and transferred them for security questioning, the statement said.



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Plane with more crash victims leaves Ukraine
2014.07.25 03:39:30

A Dutch military aircraft carrying victims of the Malaysian plane which was downed over eastern Ukraine has departed for the Netherlands.

[AP]



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Bombardment by the Israeli military
2014.07.25 03:13:24

Three children were among 25 people killed today in bombardment by the Israeli military on the Gaza Strip.

Most of Thursday's casualties were reported in the town of Khan Younis in southeast of Gaza, but ambulances struggled to enter the area amid intense fighting between Israeli troops and Palestinian Hamas fighters.



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Brawl in Ukraine Parliament
2014.07.25 03:12:15

Ukraine local media is reporting the dissolution of the country's communist party.

This follows a fight in parliament as politicians tried to physically remove the leader of the pro-Russia Communist party.

The brawl was over accusations he made to a Russian TV channel about high civilian casualties he alleged happened because of Ukrainian government forces.



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Death toll update
2014.07.25 02:59:00

At least 23 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip in bombardment by the Israeli army on Thursday morning.

The latest deaths bring the total death toll in the 17-day Israeli assault on Gaza to 732, including scores of children. More than 4,600 people have been injured.

Two Israeli civilians have been killed by fire from Gaza since the offensive began. The total number of Israeli soldiers killed since the start of the military assault rose to 32. One more soldier has been listed as missing and is believed to be dead.



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Ukraine rebel commander acknowledges fighters had BUK missile
2014.07.25 02:57:59

In an interview with Reuters, a rebel leader has confirmed that pro-Russian separatists had a BUK anti-aircraft missile and accused Kiev of provoking its use.

"They knew that it would be deployed there, and provoked the use of this BUK by starting an air strike on a target they didn’t need, that their planes hadn’t touched for a week."

For the full interview, click here.



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American flights to Israel
2014.07.25 02:44:12

The US national aviation authority has lifted a ban on American flights to Israel, but warned of a "very fluid situation" amid intense fighting with Palestinians in nearby Gaza.

"The FAA has lifted its restrictions on US airline flights into and out of Israel's Ben Gurion Airport by cancelling a Notice to Airmen it renewed earlier today," the Federal Administration Agency said in a statement.

[AFP]



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Russia calls on US to show proof of missile claims over MH17 disaster
2014.07.25 02:43:07

"They've said US intelligence has technical data and satellite photos which show that the missile was launched from rebel-held territory. The question is, where is this data?"

Russia Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antono



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Inclusive government is needed in Iraq
2014.07.25 02:41:44

UN secretary general says an inclusive government is needed in Iraq

"Iraq is facing an existential threat but it can be overcome by the formation of a thoroughly inclusive government."

Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary general, at a joint press conference with Iraq PM, Nouri al-Maliki.



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Red Cross vehicles came under heavy Israeli fire
2014.07.25 02:32:41

Ambulances and two Red Cross vehicles have entered the outskirts of Gaza's Khuzaa, near the southern city of Khan Younis, after the area came under heavy Israeli fire overnight.

A pause in the fighting was negotiated and medical teams were given one hour to go in to recover the dead and wounded.



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Australia police ready to be deployed to Ukraine
2014.07.25 02:30:01

Australia's PM, Tony Abbott says 50 police officers have been sent to London and are ready to be deployed to Ukraine to help secure the crash site.



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The first convoy of humanitarian aid
2014.07.25 02:29:05

The first convoy of humanitarian aid has crossed into Syria from Turkey on Thursday under a new UN-authorized plan to send relief without Damascus' approval.

"Nine trucks crossed at Bab al-Salam into Syria this morning," said Amanda Pitt of the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs.

"They were carrying food, shelter, water and sanitation supplies," she told AFP.

[AFP]



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At least 60 people killed in north of Baghdad
2014.07.25 02:27:23

Iraqi police say that at least 60 people have been killed in north of Baghdad after suicide bombers and gunmen attacked a bus transferring convicts and clashes erupted security forces.

The dead include prisoners and policemen, an official at the Interior Ministry told the AFP news agency.

Thursday's assault came a year almost to the day after an attack on two Iraqi prisons freed some 500 inmates.



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UK black box analysis of MH17 could see 'corrupted' data - aviation expert
2014.07.25 02:13:40

A British aviation expert on Wednesday said that UK air crash investigators would be able to tell from flight data contained on the black boxes of MH17 whether information on them had been corrupted or not.

A department spokesman in the UK said it would take 24 hours to download the data from each black box. The data will then be sent to international investigators for analysis.

Former Uk Air Accidents Investigation Branch Spokesman, David Deas, said the Air Accident Investigation Branch due to lead the investigation into the black boxes had the technology and experience to determine whether data on the recorders had been corrupted.

"They'll be able to tell whether it's fresh data, whether it's been corrupted in any way, and even if it's been corrupted it will be useful to compare it with other sources of data because most aircraft have a system of automatic data transmission back to their engineering base, and there was some question on MH370 as to whether this was working or not," he said, referring to missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared earlier this year. [Reuters]



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Kerry, Peres meet family of American killed in Gaza fighting for Israel
2014.07.25 02:12:45

United States Secretary of State John Kerry and outgoing Israeli President Shimon Peres on Wednesday met with the family of 23-year-old American national Max Steinberg, one of the 32 Israeli soldiers killed so far while fighting in Gaza.

Kerry met Steinberg's parents in Jerusalem, and offered them a gift.

"I am in awe of your son, truly. I served in the military and I have deep respect for anybody who wears the uniform, and especially puts himself willingly in harm's way, and as an American we're so proud, affectionately proud of this love they found in you know, his roots, it's a beautiful story. God bless," Kerry told the soldier's parents.  [Reuters]



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Australia vows help to secure Ukraine crash site
2014.07.25 02:10:56

Australia's foreign minister said on Thursday that her country stood ready to provide whatever resources were needed to secure the Malaysian airliner's crash site in Ukraine, as newspapers reported

Australian troops and police could soon be sent.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she was traveling with her Dutch counterpart Frans Timmermans to meet with Ukraine leaders in Kyiv to discuss securing the crash site.

She said securing the crash site was the next priority for Australia after repatriating the 37 Australian citizens and residents aboard flight MH17.

"We stand ready to provide whatever support or resources are needed," Bishop said in a statement. [AP]



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Christian minority
2014.07.25 02:08:46

Gaza has a small Christian minority, and as Israel's bombardment continues, several churches are being used as safe havens.

In one church, more than a thousand people from neighboring communities are seeking shelter from the air strikes.



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