President Barack Obama has called for the unconditional and immediate release of an Israeli soldier who was apparently captured in a clash with Hamas militants.

Israeli forces search for soldier as UN chief condemns Hamas

Israeli forces, backed by heavy tank fire and air strikes, have moved deeper into southern Gaza in search of a soldier apparently captured in a clash with Hamas ...

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WHO: Ebola outbreak moving faster than efforts to control it

An Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 700 people in West Africa is moving faster than the efforts to control the disease, the head of the World Health Organisation ...

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At least 35 people killed in Gaza today

At least 35 Palestinians have been killed by shelling in Gaza and the Israeli military says one of its soldiers may have been abducted.

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Uganda court axes anti-gay law

A Ugandan court has invalidated an anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year, saying it was illegally passed and is therefore unconstitutional.

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Rolf Harris launches appeal bid

Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris has applied for permission to appeal against his convictions for a string of indecent assaults.

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Palestinians killed after ceasefire announced

At least four Palestinians have been killed by Israeli tank fire nearly two hours after Israel and Hamas began observing a three-day ceasefire, Gaza officials have ...

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Dozens killed in Taiwan gas blasts as CCTV footage captures explosion

A series of underground gas explosions have killed at least 24 people and injured 271 in Taiwan’s second-largest city, hurling concrete through the air and blasting ...

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Three-day Gaza ceasefire begins (picture shows bomb before it hits Gaza house)

The three-day Gaza ceasefire has begun after heavy Israel-Hamas fighting early today.

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