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Two Ukrainian fighter jets shot down in east

KIEV: Two Ukrainian fighter jets were shot down, not far from where a Malaysian airliner was brought down last week in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 passengers on board.A spokesman for Ukraine's military operations said the planes were downed near Savur Mogila, a burial mound in the Shaktersky region where a memorial marks a

 
 
 
UN's Navi Pillay warns of Israel Gaza 'war crimes'

The UN's top human rights official has condemned Israel's military actions in the Gaza Strip, saying that war crimes may have been committed.Navi Pillay told an emergency debate at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that Israel's military offensive had not done enough to protect civilians.

 
 
 
Israel pulls diplomats from Turkey after missions attacked

ANKARA: Israel on Friday ordered some of its diplomatic staff in Turkey to leave the country for security reasons, after protesters angered by its assault on Gaza sought to storm Israeli embassy buildings.Turkish protesters overnight tried to break into the ambassador's residence in Ankara as well as the consulate in Istanbul, with the diplomatic controversy over the Gaza assault risking a new crisis in relations between Turkey and the Jewish state.&l

 
 
 
Gaza shelling by Israel 'most intense', dozens reported killed

GAZA: Gaza has come under the most intense shelling since the launch of Israel's offensive, with at least 60 people reported killed in one district.Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the deaths at Shejaiya, east of Gaza City, were a "massacre". Witnesses spoke of bodies lying in the streets.A humanitarian truce was agreed in the area, but lasted less than an hour.

 
 
 
Malala meets Nigeria's leader Goodluck Jonathan over abducted girls

Nigeria:(BBC) Pakistani rights activist Malala Yousafzai has met Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan to press for more action to free over 200 girls held by Boko Haram Islamist militants.

The militants' leader has reiterated in a new video message that he is prepared to negotiate a prisoner swap for them.

 
 
 
US drone attack kills six suspected militants in North Waziristan

MIRAMSHAH: At least six suspected militants were killed in a US drone strike in  Miramshah tehsil of North Waziristan tribal region where a comprehensive military operation launched by the Pakistani army against foreign and local terrorists is also under way.

 
 
 
Battle grips vital Baiji oil refinery

BAGHDAD: Militants laid siege to Iraq's largest oil refinery, threatening a facility key to the country's domestic supplies as part of their ongoing lightning offensive across the country, a top security official said.

 
 
 
Pakistan launches 'Zarb-e-Azb' military operation in N Waziristan

PESHAWER: Pakistan's army says it has launched a "comprehensive operation" against militants in North Waziristan, near the Afghan border.It comes hours after fighter jets carried out air strikes against militant strongholds in the area.

 
 
 
Drone targeted Haqqani network commander

PESHAWAR: A key Haqqani network commander Haji Gul was killed in the early morning US drone strike in Dand-i Darpakhel area of North Waziristan Agency.The drone strike also killed other prominent Afghan Taliban commanders identified as Mufti Sofian and Commander Abu Bakar.

 
 
 
Taliban claim deadly attack on Karachi airport

KARACHI: The Pakistani Taliban have said they were behind an assault on the country's largest airport that killed at least 28 people, including all 10 attackers.The raid on Jinnah international airport in Karachi began late on Sunday at a terminal used for VIPs and cargo.