Gaza school attack unacceptable - US

Posted on Thursday July 31, 2014

The shelling of a UN shelter in Gaza by the Israeli military is "totally unacceptable and totally indefensible", the White House says.

WHO sounds alarm over W Africa Ebola

Posted on Thursday July 31, 2014

The World Health Organization and presidents of West African nations affected by the Ebola outbreak are to announce a joint $100m response plan.

Forensic scientists reach MH17 site

Posted on Thursday July 31, 2014

International forensic scientists reach the site of the flight MH17 crash in east Ukraine after the government halts military operations for a day.

Memo reveals response to CIA 'abuse'

Posted on Thursday July 31, 2014

A still-secret Senate report on CIA enhanced interrogations "tells a story of which no American is proud", a leaked White House memo states.

Snowden's asylum status expires

Posted on Thursday July 31, 2014

Fugitive US whistleblower Edward Snowden's year-long leave to stay in Russia expires without confirmation that it will be extended.

Argentina blames US for debt default

Posted on Thursday July 31, 2014

Argentina blames the US for its default, calling the mediator in debt negotiations which ended in failure "incompetent".

Russia told to pay Yukos investors

Posted on Thursday July 31, 2014

Russia is ordered to pay about $2.5bn to former shareholders in defunct oil group Yukos by the European Court of Human Rights.

Italy in Europe-wide mafia crackdown

Posted on Thursday July 31, 2014

Italian police secure the arrest of members of a mafia clan across Europe - with information from a woman once held as a virtual prisoner by the clan.

Australia 'in child asylum cover-up'

Posted on Thursday July 31, 2014

The Australian government sought to cover up the extent of mental health problems among children held in asylum detention, a psychiatrist tells a national inquiry.

US ex-governor's wife 'sought gifts'

Posted on Thursday July 31, 2014

The star witness in the corruption trial of Virginia ex-governor Bob McDonnell says the ex-first lady sought gifts in return for business help.

Bathers drown off Karachi coast

Posted on Thursday July 31, 2014

At least 20 bathers celebrating the Muslim Eid festival drown in rough seas off the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, officials say.

Tibetan monk cremated in Nepal

Posted on Thursday July 31, 2014

Thousands of Tibetan exiles attend the funeral in Nepal of one of Tibetan Buddhism's most senior monks, Shamar Rinpoche.

Goalkeepers' penalty 'flaw' revealed

Posted on Thursday July 31, 2014

Goalkeepers in penalty shoot-outs make a predictable error that could influence the outcome of the game according to new research.

Guilty plea in Australia racist rant

Posted on Thursday July 31, 2014

A woman whose racist rant caused shock in Australia is given a 12-month good behaviour bond after admitting offensive behaviour.

Filipinos urged to leave Libya

Posted on Thursday July 31, 2014

A top diplomat from the Philippines is to oversee the evacuation of 13,000 citizens from Libya after a Filipino worker was beheaded and a nurse raped.

Giraffe dies after 'hitting bridge'

Posted on Thursday July 31, 2014

South Africa's animal rights body is probing the death of a giraffe that reportedly hit its head on a bridge as it was being transported on a motorway.

VIDEO: Axe crashes through windscreen

Posted on Thursday July 31, 2014

A car passenger had a lucky escape after an axe flew off the back of a lorry and through the windscreen of the vehicle travelling behind it.

VIDEO: Mysterious miracle? Crop circle draws crowds

Posted on Thursday July 31, 2014

A giant crop circle which apparently appeared out of nowhere, has drawn crowds of people to a farmer's field in Bavaria, southern Germany.

VIDEO: Underwater art exhibition in Italy

Posted on Thursday July 31, 2014

An exhibition of photographs is taking place underwater off an Italian island.

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Posted on Thursday July 31, 2014

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