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'Shrapnel' blamed for MH17 crash

Jerzy Dyczynsk (R) and Angela Rudhart-Dyczynski from Australia show grief as they arrive at the crash site to look for their late daughter, Fatima.

Security officials in Ukraine believe the downed Malaysia Airlines jet in suffered an explosive loss of pressure after it was punctured by shrapnel from a missile.

Deadly blasts in Gaza and Israel

A relative reacts after seeing the bodies of children killed in an explosion in a playground in Gaza in late July.

An upsurge in violence in Gaza and southern Israel has caused over a dozen casualties, including children, despite a plea for a ceasefire by the United Nations Security Council.

Huge oil depot fire in Libya

A huge fire near Tripoli airport in Libya has spread to a second fuel tank, despite firefighters' efforts.

A huge fire at an oil depot in Tripoli has burned out of control and spread to a second tank, in what Libyan authorities say could become a humanitarian and environmental disaster.

Ex-Australian Speaker guilty of dishonesty

Peter Slipper will be sentenced in September.

The Australian Parliament's former Speaker, Peter Slipper, has been found guilty of using taxpayer funds to tour wineries. He was convicted on three counts of dishonesty.

Job-seekers may have to apply for 40 a month

job ads in newspaper

Australian job-seekers may be forced to apply for 40 jobs a month as the Abbott administration renews its push to move people off welfare.

Plea for immediate ceasefire in Gaza

A Palestinian salvages cushions found in the rubble of destroyed buildings  in the Shejaiya residential district of Gaza City.

A late-night meeting of the UN Security Council has called for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire in Gaza, urging Israel and Hamas to allow the delivery of assistance to civilians.

Clashes over control of MH17 crash site

Debris from MH17 on the ground near the village of Rozsypne.

The Ukrainian armed forces have launched an offensive against pro-Russian rebels in the east in a bid to gain control over the crash site of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.

Rival militia battle in Libya

Rival militia are fighting for control of Tripoli's international airport.

Heavy clashes between troops loyal to the Libyan government and Islamist militias have left at least 38 people dead in the city of Benghazi, in the worst violence since the 2011 uprising.

Costa Concordia ends final voyage

The refloated wreck of the Costa Concordia.

The wreck of the Costa Concordia has arrived off the Italian city of Genoa, where it will be broken up for scrap. The cruise liner sank two and a half years ago killing 32 people.

Hamas now declares 24 hour ceasefire

An Israeli soldier carries a shell on his shoulder as troops prepare ammunition along the border between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

Palestinian militant group Hamas has declared a 24-hour ceasefire after Israel ended an earlier truce amid continuing rocket fire from Gaza. Hamas said it would start at 2pm local time.

Russia accuses US of smear campaign

Debris from the downed Malaysian Airliner in sunflower field near the village of Rassipnoe in Ukraine.

Russia says the United States is guilty of an international smear campaign, designed to influence international opinion against Moscow through lies and propaganda.

Plea for extended truce in Gaza

The bombed out Shejaiya district of Gaza City.

Residents in Gaza have used a 12-hour humanitarian truce to return to their homes, gather essential supplies and search for those trapped in the rubble.

India takes aim at Glasgow's facilities

India's chef de mission has criticised the food, space, bathrooms and TV sets in Glasgow.

India's chef de mission at the Commonwealth Games has reportedly criticised the food, space, bathrooms and TV sets in the athletes' village in Glasgow as being far inferior to Delhi.

Attack on Gaza school sparks protests

Distraught relatives outside a hospital morgue following the attack on the UN-run school

At least two Palestinians have been killed and scores wounded in the West Bank during a protest against Israel's military campaign in Gaza that has seen the death toll climb above 800. (AUDIO)

Asylum-seekers to go to mainland

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A large group of Sri Lankan asylum-seekers who have been detained on an Australian customs ship for almost a month are to be transferred to the Australian mainland.

PM quits, complicating MH17 probe

Arseniy Yatsenyuk speaking to MPs on Thursday.

Ukraine's Prime Minister has resigned after the collapse of his governing coalition, again plunging the former Soviet state into political limbo and complicating an investigation into shooting down of a Malaysia plane.

UN aid bypasses Damascus checks

Residents of the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp, south of Damascus, with food distributed by the UN earlier in July.

The United Nations says an aid convoy has entered Syria from Turkey without Syrian government consent. Until now, almost all aid has gone to parts of the country controlled by Damascus.

Wreckage of Algerian plane found

 Air Algerie plane

The wreck of a plane which disappeared with 116 people on board on a flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers has been found in Mali, officials say. Many on board were French.