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 said.


Kelsey Grammer: I have to live with tragedy every day.

‘Frasier’ star testifies against release of sister’s killer

A man convicted of murdering the sister of actor Kelsey Grammer in Colorado 34 years ago was denied parole after the Frasier star testified against his release.

Palestinian mourners carry the bloodied bag with the body of their loved one out of the morgue of Gaza City's Shifa hospital. Picture: Lefteris Pitarakis

Beyond the violence in Gaza

As the world watches the horror in Gaza unfold, Michael Moynihan examines a new book to try and understand why the situation seems so intractable

An alcohol monitoring tag. Picture: PA

First sobriety ankle tag fitted

The first ankle tag that constantly monitors if an offender is still drinking has been fitted to a man for provoking violence outside a nightclub while drunk.

Medical personnel at an Ebola clinic in Sierra Leone. Picture: AP

$100m plan to control Ebola outbreak

The deadliest recorded Ebola outbreak surpassed 700 deaths across West Africa as the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced dozens of new deaths reported in the last several days.

Killers frontman Brandon Flowers

Killers’ ‘Human’ tops weird lyric poll

Mormon rockers The Killers have triumphed in the baffle of the bands — after their hit ‘Human’ was judged to have the most bewildering song lyric. This story is enriched with multi-media content


Microsoft told hand over emails by US court

Microsoft has been ordered by a United States federal court to turn over a customer’s emails and other information stored in a Dublin data centre.

Former secretary of state Colin Powell was eventually told about the programme and sat in on meetings. Picture: AP

Brutal CIA prison practices ‘kept secret’

A US Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation and detention practices after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks on the US has concluded that the agency initially kept the secretary of state and some ambassadors uninformed about harsh techniques and secret prisons.

Barack Obama: Has gone too far, claim opponents.

Republicans’ plan to sue Obama ‘is a stunt’

The US House of Representatives has approved a Republican plan to file a lawsuit against Barack Obama for allegedly exceeding his constitutional powers.


Quirky World... Doggy heaven? Pet remains go to space

Houston firm offers space flights for pet remains

USA: A Houston company that already sends human remains out of this world will offer the same memorial space flights for four-legged loved ones.