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UN Security Council calls for "immediate truce" in Gaza
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon called on Israel to show “maximum restraint”.
A Palestinian describes what life is like under Israeli bombardment
Mohammed Suliman lives in Gaza City and told us what the city is like.
Israel accepts Egyptian peace deal, but Hamas rejects it
The death toll has now reached 186 in the last week.
Russian missile system used against Ukraine, Poroshenko claims
Russian state TV said that Ukrainian troops “crucified” a three-year-old boy.
Israeli aircraft continue to strike Gaza as rockets fired from Syria and Lebanon
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has asked the UN to protect the Palestinian state.
Condemnation after lynched figure depicting Gerry Adams placed on loyalist bonfire
Gerry Adams has condemned the figure’s appearance as “deeply offensive”.
"They beat me with their fists, a chair, anything they could find. They stubbed out cigarettes on my leg and electrocuted me."
Amnesty International says the bulk of the kidnappings are carried out by pro-Russian rebels.
Israeli air strikes kill 20 more people in Gaza
The deaths bring to 70 the number of Palestinians killed since Tuesday.
28 dead as Israel pounds Gaza Strip
The death toll has risen since Israel began air strikes on the region.
Israel moves forces to border as rockets fired from Gaza
Israel said the show of force on the Gaza border was a defence measure.
Riots, tension, and fears of retaliation as killing of Palestinian teenager sparks rioting
“The current spiral of violence, loss and suffering must stop now,” said the head of the Red Cross.
The US has begun flying armed drones over Iraq
The US says that drones are purely to protect their military advisers.
John Kerry makes unannounced trip to Iraq's Kurdish region as country teeters on the brink
There is an increasingly urgent diplomatic push to stop Iraq from tearing apart.
Russia orders troops to be on "full combat alert"
Moscow is concerned Ukraine is stepping up its military operation against pro-Russian rebels despite having called a unilateral ceasefire, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
14-year-old Palestinian boy shot dead by Israel army during search for missing teenagers
The soldiers had been carrying out arrests as part of the arrest to find the three teens believed to have been abducted by Hamas.
Israel arrests Palestinian politician in giant manhunt for kidnapped teenagers
More than 150 Palestinians have been arrested in the search for the three teenagers who were snatched from a settlement on Thursday night.
Second European team of monitors reported missing in eastern Ukraine
The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe said that it had been unable to establish contact with four of its monitors.
Ukraine troops killed as president promises to meet Putin
Putin has rejected the legitimacy of the interim team that rose to power in February and not been reported to have spoken to any Ukrainian official since the Kiev uprising.
Dozens dead as Ukraine reclaims Donetsk airport
“The airport is under our full control. The enemy suffered heavy losses. We have none,” Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said.
Petro Poroshenko set to win Ukraine's presidential election
In early returns it’s suggested candy tycoon Petro Poroshenko will be elected president of Ukraine.
Pro-Russian rebels kill 17 Ukrainian troops ahead of vote
A toll puts the number of dead in violence in the east of the country at 140.
Ukraine starts 'unity talks' as Russia warns of civil war
The discussions come just two weeks before an election in the country.
It's a start: Doctors agree to 'talks about talks' with Minister
The Irish Medical Organisation and Alex White will sit down about the plan to give free GP care to children under six.
Pro-Russian rebels present peace-keeping 'prisoners of war' to international media
The captured men are in Ukraine as part of an Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe verification team.
Obama confirms that if Putin was drowning, he would probably jump in to save him
“If anybody is out there drowning, I would save them. I used to be a pretty good swimmer, I grew up in Hawaii.”
Angry scenes as relatives of MH370 passengers meet airline staff
“I am not trying to create trouble or difficulty for your staff. We haven’t been trying to vent anger or hate your staff”.
Invasion fears rise as Russia accuses Kiev of 'crimes against its own people'
Vladimir Putin has warned of “consequences” to the military action.
Ukraine revives offensive against rebels while US sends 'reassuring' troops
Pro-Moscow insurgents are also currently holding two journalists.
Russia accuses Ukraine of violating peace deal
US President Barack Obama had warned Russia that it would face additional sanctions if progress was not made within days.
Ukraine's pro-Russian rebels won't abide by an international agreement reached yesterday
Obama has warned that if there’s no progress “additional consequences” will be imposed on Russia.
Russia accuses West of "off the scale" hypocrisy over Ukraine
Meanwhile, Ukraine’s interim president says he supports a ref
Gerry Adams criticises Norman Tebbit for saying he hoped the Real IRA would shoot McGuinness
Adams said Tebbit was publicly advocating the assassination of Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.
Journalist shot dead in Afghanistan
Two female journalists were shot in a police station in Khoust – one has died and one is seriously injured.
Fitch downgrades Russia rating as EU adds sanctions to 12 more people
The agency says investors will be reluctant to lend to Russia during the current crisis.
Crimea officially asks to rejoin Russia in Cold War-style stand-off
The final tally shows 96.6 per cent of voters in Crimea chose to secede from Ukraine and rejoin Russia.
Tatars urge NATO to intervene in Ukraine "before there is a massacre"
The European Court of Human Rights has called on Russia to avoid military action, while a protester was stabbed in the west of Ukraine.
Pro-Russian gunmen have stormed a Ukrainian military command centre
Around 20 attackers entered the base without firing a shot, report say.
Russia has test-fired an intercontinental missile
It successfully hit a target in Kazakhstan, the Russian government says.
'An anti-constitutional coup': Vladimir Putin isn't happy about events in Ukraine
The Russian president is addressing journalists in Moscow this morning.
Ukraine's navy chief switches allegiance to the pro-Russian authorities
Denis Berezovsky said in a televised statement that he “swears allegiance to the residents of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea”.