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Europe, Asia on alert as Ebola fears spread

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.

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 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.

New poll finds most Russians believe Ukraine shot down flight MH17

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

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

In Ukraine, lives of innocent caught in crossfire

Nastia Dankovtseva in the hallway of a building that now accommodates internally displaced people in Donetsk.

Paul McGeough At age 11 year, Nastia Dankovtseva is too familiar with the weapons of war.

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

Ben Farmer and Christopher Hope 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.

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

Nick Miller 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.

After a reported 17 warnings on shelter location, Israeli artillery hits Gaza school, killing 19

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

Ruth Pollard Four donkeys lay dead at the gate of the Jabalia Elementary Girls School in Gaza, the first indication of the bloody human toll inside.

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

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Megan Levy 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 frees jailed US boy, places him under house arrest

Tariq Abu Khedair, with his mother, after his release from jail.

An Israeli judge has released from jail and placed under house arrest a 15-year-old American of Palestinian descent whose apparent beating by Israeli police has drawn US concern.

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 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.

Russia places region near Sochi on counter-terrorism alert as six found dead in cars

A Russian Cossack lights a candle near a photo of Russian police sergeant who was killed in a suicide bomb blast at the city's main railway station in the southern Russian city of Volgograd on January 4.

Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Russia began a counter-terrorism operation in a southern province that borders the Krasnodar region, where the Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi in less than a month, after...

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Searching for refuge in a land where there are no safe places

Ruth Pollard in Jabal Akrad, northern Syria

Ruth Pollard AS THE night-time temperature in Syria drops closer to freezing and the rains begin, it is difficult to imagine how those who have barely survived without electricity, water or enough food this year...

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

Nick Miller The Australian entertainer's five year and nine month sentence over sex offences not likely to be deemed 'unduly lenient', says Attorney General.

The world's oldest message in a bottle has failed to sell on eBay

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 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.

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

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

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.

Ebola poses 'very serious threat' to Britain, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says

Medecins Sans Frontiers members put on protective gear in Conakry, Guinea.

LONDON, July 30 AFP - The Ebola outbreak in west Africa poses a "very serious threat" to Britain, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says, as England's public health authority warned the virus was out...

Elegant tribute places twin towers victims together side by side

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Jon Swaine Around a reflecting pool, a unique September 11 memorial unites families, friends and colleagues.

Ng's defiance places China on defensive

John Garnaut In Guangzhou LATE on Thursday night Matthew Ng dropped his head to his hands and sobbed uncontrollably as defence lawyer Chen Youxi's closing submission reached its climax.

We looked in the wrong places, says Pakistan

Asif Ali Zardari.

Ben Doherty, Khudayar Khan In Islamabad PAKISTAN has said it was an ''intelligence failure'' it had no idea Osama bin Laden was living on its soil, but few in international intelligence believe no one in the government and military...

Mother places girl in front of oncoming train

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A woman's bid to avoid paying a train fare nearly cost her the life of her daughter in Buenos Aires, Argentina.