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Israel extends Gaza ceasefire by 24 hours

Israel extends Gaza ceasefire by 24 hours

Israel's security cabinet approved extending the humanitarian ceasefire that started early on Saturday until midnight (local time) on Sunday, an Israeli government official said.

Ukraine fights 'foreign mercenaries' in its east

Ukraine fights 'foreign mercenaries' in its east

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said his country was not fighting a civil war in its east but was fighting "foreign mercenaries", hailing soldiers for forcing pro-Russian rebels out of several towns and cities.

Bad weather seen as probable cause of Air Algerie crash

Bad weather seen as probable cause of Air Algerie crash

Poor weather was the most likely cause of the crash of an Air Algerie flight in the West African country of Mali that killed all 118 people on board, French officials said.

Russian transfer of rockets 'imminent' - US

Russian transfer of rockets 'imminent' - US

The Pentagon says the transfer of heavy-caliber multiple-launch rocket systems from Russia to Ukrainian separatists appeared to be imminent with the arms close enough to the border they could be handed over "potentially today."

India struggles to contain 'brain fever'

India struggles to contain 'brain fever'

Almost 570 people in India have died after contracting encephalitis, commonly known as "brain fever", health authorities say, warning the death toll may rise with more people still at risk.

Israel, Gaza militants agree to a 12-hour truce

Israel, Gaza militants agree to a 12-hour truce

Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip have agreed to a UN-requested 12-hour humanitarian truce and efforts to secure a long-term cease-fire moved ahead.

Crunch time for Gaza truce talks as death toll passes 800

Crunch time for Gaza truce talks as death toll passes 800

US Secretary of State John Kerry pressed regional leaders to nail down a Gaza ceasefire as the civilian death toll soared, and further violence flared between Israelis and Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.

Time to be afraid - preparing for the next big solar storm

Time to be afraid - preparing for the next big solar storm

The probability of a solar storm striking Earth in the next decade with enough force to do serious damage to electricity networks could be as high as 12 percent, according to solar scientists.

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