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In Ukraine, lives of innocent caught in crossfire

PAUL MCGEOUGH 10:27am At age 11 year, Nastia Dankovtseva is too familiar with the weapons of war.

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Europe, Asia on alert as Ebola fears spread

Medical personnel demonstrate protective equipment to educate team members on the Ebola virus  in Liberia.

11:10am The US Peace Corps announced Wednesday it was pulling volunteers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone due to growing concerns over the spread of the deadly Ebola epidemic raging in West Africa.

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Argentina vows not to repay 'vulture' funds

Argentina

Mark Mulligan 3:09pm Argentina on Thursday denied reports it is in default on a $US539 million ($578 million) interest payment to bondholders who took heavy discounts after the country’s record $US95 billion default in 2001.

Prince Philip's ex-aide charged with sex abuse

Buckingham Palace: Prince Philip's ex-aide has been accused of sexual abuse with a girl in the 1970s.

12:04pm The former personal assistant of Britain's Prince Philip has been charged with sexually abusing a girl while he was working for the royal family in the 1970s, prosecutors say.

Israel shells school in Gaza killing 19

A boy wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a UN school in Jabalia waits for treatment.

RUTH POLLARD 6:14pm Four donkeys lay dead at the gate of the Jabalia Elementary Girls School in Gaza, the first indication of the bloody human toll inside.

Ukraine shot down flight MH17: Russian poll

Hmmm... Russian President Vladimir Putin's approval ratings are at historically high levels, now at 85 per cent.

Adam Taylor 3:28am Just 3 per cent of Russians believe separatists in Ukraine might have shot down the plane, a new poll shows.

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Fighting continues around MH17 site despite Ukraine's ceasefire annoucement

Alexander Hug (front, centre), deputy head for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe's monitoring mission in Ukraine, stands with members of his team on the way to the MH17 site on Wednesday.

6:51pm Fighting is continuing around the MH17 crash site despite Ukraine's military announcing a day-long pause to its brutal offensive to oust pro-Russian rebels in the east.

Rain of asteroids melted early Earth, boiled its oceans

The lunar surface.

Julia Rosen 4:40pm Los Angeles Times

Iraqi Shiite militia hangs 15 executed Sunnis on power poles in public square

Burnt-out shops after clashes between Iraqi security forces and ISIL militants in Baquba.

Michael Georgy 4:25pm Iraqi Shiite militia forces have executed 15 Sunni Muslims and hung them from electricity poles in a public square, police said.

Republican House votes to sue US President Barack Obama for constitutional overreach

So sue me. US President Barack Obama in Kansas City, Missouri, on Wednesday.

Paul Kane and Zachary Goldfarb 4:24pm The Republican controlled US House of Representatives has voted to proceed with a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, saying that his executive actions are so extreme that they violate the Constitution.

China charges Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti with working for separatism

Uighur scholar and rights advocate Ilham Tohti.

PHILIP WEN 3:40pm China has formally indicted Uighur scholar and rights advocate Ilham Tohti on charges of separatism – a crime that carries a potential death sentence.

Libyan Islamists seize key Benghazi base

Militants raise their arms in salute next to the camp of special forces in Benghazi.

3:39pm Islamist groups have seized the army special forces headquarters in Libya's Benghazi after days of fighting left at least 35 soldiers dead and plunged the country deeper into lawlessness.

White House accidentally emails torture report memo to reporter

A former senior CIA official said the US Secretary of State in 2001, Colin Powell, was eventually informed about the interrogation program.

Ken Dilanian 4:21pm The White House has accidentally emailed a memo about a Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the September 9, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington attacks to an Associated Press reporter.

US 'vulture fund' forces debt default by Argentina

The man who made Argentina default. Paul Singer, president of hedge fund Elliott Management.

Peter Eavis and Alexandra Stevenson 3:25pm The hedge fund firm of billionaire Paul Singer has about 300 employees, yet it has managed to force Argentina, a nation of 41 million people, to default on its debt for the second time in 13 years.

Country web domains cannot be seized rules internet's regulatory body

ICANN has ruled that country level domain names are not property.

3:08pm The internet's regulatory authority says country-specific web domains cannot be seized in court proceedings as it sought to quash an effort to recover assets in terrorism-related lawsuits.

Bees spot best flowers from afar based on petal colour

Discerning: Bumblebees link differences in pollen quality with floral features such as petal colour.

3:11pm Like discerning shoppers checking out vegetables on display in a supermarket, bumblebees can spot the best quality flowers from a distance, a study has shown.

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Am I supposed to tell my children they could die at any time from an incoming shell?

Smoke and flames are seen during Israeli offensive in the east of Gaza City.

Wejdan Abu Shammala 2:06pm My older son was so excited when the Israeli bombing raids began. "Fireworks!" yelled Rami, 4.

US restocks Israel with ammunition as it condemns attack on United Nations school

Sale approved: An Israeli soldier as troops prepare ammunition along the border between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on Wednesday.

1:42pm The US has confirmed it has restocked Israel's supplies of ammunition, hours after issuing a strong condemnation of an attack on a United Nations school in Gaza.

World War 1 GIFs: Standing in the footprints of history

World War I

Stephen Hutcheon 12:15pm One hundred years later the ghosts of World War I still linger.

Mayhem at Gaza market as Israel ignores ceasefire

A Palestinian mourns at a hospital in Gaza City after an Israeli strike on a packed market.

12:51pm At least 17 people have been killed in an Israeli strike on a packed Gaza market in a deadly raid that came as Israel was observing a four-hour humanitarian lull.

Rolf Harris case: victims' groups decry lack of appeal after 'lenient' sentence

Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris's sentence won't be appealed.

NICK MILLER 10:47am Child protection groups say victims of sexual abuse have been let down by the decision not to appeal the sentence handed down to Rolf Harris.

Russia 'acting like pre-wars Germany': British PM David Cameron

British PM compared Russia to pre-war Germany in the 20th Century.

Ben Farmer and Christopher Hope 10:24am Britain's ability to deal with an aggressive Russia has been "seriously degraded in recent years" and the Ukraine crisis should be a "wake-up call" to Nato, MPs will warn on Thursday.

MH17: Julie Bishop concerned Russia may be actively undermining process to access crash site

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop

8:21am Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is concerned that Russia could be actively undermining the process to access the crash site of Malaysian airliner MH17, after the Dutch-led investigation team again failed to reach the area of the wreckage.

Intensifying ocean acidity from carbon emissions hitting Pacific shellfish industry

Shelling out: acidification signs are on the increase.

Reid Wilson 8:07am For more than a century, Bill Taylor's family has used the calm, protected waters of Puget Sound to raise oysters, planting billions of larvae in underwater beds and then harvesting them to ship to some of the finest restaurants in the world.

UN official Christopher Gunness breaks down on live TV following attack on Gaza school

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MEGAN LEVY 10:35am Working in strife-torn Gaza has exposed United Nations employee Christopher Gunness to the terror of a life lived in the constant shadow of war.

Israel shelled UN school, killing 20 Palestinians fleeing violence, relief agency says

A displaced Palestinian child takes shelter at the UN school in the Jabalia refugee camp after the shelling.

Ben Hubbard and Jodi Rudoren 2:03am The UN had told the Israeli military 17 times that the school in Gaza's biggest refugee camp was a shelter, but it was not enough to save them from deadly shelling.

Stampede at rap concert kills at least 34, including children, at Guinea beach resort

The entrance to the left, where the man is sitting, is where the stampede took place.

Saliou Samb 1:13am At least 34 people, including several children, were killed in a stampede at a beachside rap concert celebrating the end of Ramadan in Guinea's capital Conakry.

Ceasefire in Tripoli to let firefighters try to control huge oil depot fire caused by rocket

Libyan firefighters try to stop the huge blaze started by fighting in Tripoli.

Aziz El Yaakoubi 12:38am Rival militias fighting for control of Tripoli airport agreed on Wednesday to a temporary ceasefire to allow firefighters to try to control a huge blaze at a fuel depot hit by a rocket.

UK government will not appeal Rolf Harris sentence, despite 150 complaints


Under UK law Rolf, Harris is likely to be released on parole after half of his five year, nine month sentence.

NICK MILLER 11:21pm The Australian entertainer's five year and nine month sentence over sex offences not likely to be deemed 'unduly lenient', says Attorney General.

Ukraine official says pro-Russian separatists planted mines near MH17 crash site

Donetsk People's Republic gunmen on the outskirts of Shakhtersk.

10:39pm International observers turned back from Ukrainian crash site as a government official said the area near the zone had been mined by pro-Russian separatists.

Fisherman's bid to sell world's oldest message in a bottle on eBay thwarted

This photo, taken on March 5, shows German fisher Konrad Fischer holding a message in a bottle from 1913 on the fishing cutter

ERYK BAGSHAW 2:05pm A German fisherman who found the world’s oldest message in a bottle floating in the Baltic Sea has been thwarted in his attempts to sell the treasure on eBay.

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