- World Plane Carrying MH17 Bodies Leaves Ukraine for Netherlands The first plane carrying bodies from downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on Wednesday left eastern Ukraine for the Netherlands following a sombr... 23 July 2014, 13:01
- Lebanon Parliament Fails to Elect President for Ninth Time as Berri Hopes Polls Won't Affect Cabinet Parliament failed for the ninth time on Wednesday in electing a president due a lack of quorum. Speaker Nabih Berri, who did not attend the sess... 23 July 2014, 07:47 5
- Middle East World Pushes for Truce as War-Battered Gaza Toll Exceeds 600 The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced on Tuesday that at least 624 people have been killed and another 3750 since the start of the Israeli a... 22 July 2014, 20:09 51
Iraqi lawmakers were to choose a new president for their ailing country Wednesday as air strikes, suicide car bombs and summary executions yielded their daily grim crop of bodies.
A government air raid on the jihadist-held town of Sharqat nearly 300 kilometers (180 miles) northwest of Baghdad killed at least three women and a child, a senior army official told AFP.Full Story
The black boxes from the doomed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that came down in eastern Ukraine have arrived in Britain for expert analysis, the government said Wednesday.
The recorders have been delivered to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch headquarters in Farnborough, southwest of London.Full Story
German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged the country's Jewish community Wednesday her unwavering support as she condemned anti-Semitic slurs and threats at pro-Palestinian demonstrations, a government spokesman said.
The spokesman, Georg Streiter, said Germany would not tolerate aggression against the resurgent Jewish population, after protests against the Israeli offensive in Gaza where violent slogans were used.Full Story
Chinese citizens confronted by knife-wielding attackers should "quickly run away", authorities have advised in an updated anti-terrorism handbook.Full Story
Two bills that aim to tackle France's saturated, inefficient asylum system and reform stringent immigration rules are already attracting controversy before they have even been officially introduced.
Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, who was to submit the two bills at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, stressed in an interview with daily Liberation that France must continue to welcome immigrants as "countries that are closed in on themselves are doomed to decline."Full Story
A Russian television channel said Wednesday it had lost contact with a British journalist reporting from conflict-torn eastern Ukraine.
RT said on its website it had been unable to reach Graham Phillips since the early hours of Wednesday after he went to cover intense fighting around Donetsk airport.Full Story
Chinese President Xi Jinping ends his Latin American tour on Wednesday with a symbolic visit to the barracks from which Fidel Castro launched the first armed assault of his communist revolution in 1953.
As part of his regional charm offensive, Xi extended a hand to his Cuban communist ally with the signing of 29 bilateral agreements ranging from a credit line to modernize the port of Santiago de Cuba to the development of golf courses on the Caribbean island.Full Story
For the first time in years, Gaza City's Greek Orthodox church is packed to overflowing, having offered refuge to hundreds of Palestinians who fled their homes under Israeli bombardment.
Around 600 people, mostly women and children, are sheltering in the church compound in the old sector of Gaza City, after escaping the inferno of neighbouring areas like Shejaiya.Full Story
Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi called Wednesday for unity during a visit to the northern city of Amran, briefly seized by Shiite rebels in clashes with government forces and loyal tribes.
The capture on July 2 of Amran, just 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Sanaa, by Huthi rebels threatened a federalization plan that was agreed in February following national talks as part of a political transition.Full Story
Israel's military actions in the Gaza Strip could amount to war crimes, U.N. rights chief Navi Pillay said Wednesday while also condemning indiscriminate rocket attacks by Palestinian militants Hamas.
"There seems to be a strong possibility that international law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes," Pillay told an emergency session on Israel's Gaza offensive at the U.N. Human Rights Council, citing attacks that have killed Palestinian civilians, including children.Full Story