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UN school in Gaza caught in cross-fire; 15 killed

Palestinian medics run carrying children, wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, into the emergency room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, Thursday, July 24, 2014. Israeli tank shells hit the compound, killing more than a dozen people and wounding dozens more who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside. Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra says the dead and injured in the school compound were among hundreds of people seeking shelter from heavy fighting in the area (AP Photo/Majed Hamdan)

A U.N. school in Gaza crowded with hundreds of Palestinians seeking refuge from fierce fighting came under fire Thursday, killing at least 15 civilians and leaving a sad tableau of blood-spattered pillows, blankets and children’s clothing scattered in the courtyard.

Posted: July 25th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

UN urges Chile to allow abortion in some cases


The UN Human Rights Committee asked Chile Thursday to make exceptions to its ban on abortion in cases of rape, incest and the health of the mother.

Posted: July 25th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

UN Council condemns MH17 downing, demands crash site access

Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans, left, speaks during a security council meeting at United Nations headquarters, Monday, July 21, 2014. The council unanimously adopted a resolution demanding full access to the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.  AP PHOTO/SETH WENIG

With the backing of Russia, the UN Security Council on Monday unanimously condemned the downing of a Malaysian passenger jet and demanded crash site access in rebel-held east Ukraine.

Posted: July 22nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Obama calls for immediate truce as Gaza toll soars


US President Barack Obama called for an “immediate ceasefire” between Israel and Hamas on Sunday, after the bloodiest day of fighting in Gaza raised the number of Palestinians killed to 476.

Posted: July 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

N. Korea defends missile tests, warns ‘gangster’ US

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North Korea’s top military body Monday defended its recent missile tests as a legitimate exercise in self-defense, and said South Korean and US charges of provocation were malicious and hypocritical.

Posted: July 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »