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Israel under considerable pressure to end Gaza conflict

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Israel is under considerable pressure to end the conflict in Gaza, as their death toll has risen again today to 35, 32 of which are Israeli soldiers, including a commander.

That's higher than the last two Gaza incursions combined.

Added to that the US Secretary of State John Kerry has now arrived in Israel.

He has had a meeting with UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon and now currently meeting the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Both he and the British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond arrived today at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport - an airport being avoided by many international airlines after a rocket landed less than a mile from the runway.

That suspension of flights will continue for at least 24 hours, which will clearly hurt the Israeli economy.

Many Israelis we have spoken to remain defiant in the face of that disruption.

More: UN: Israeli attacks on Gaza 'could amount to war crimes'

Spectators' first glimpse of Games ceremony

Thousands of people have started to arrive to take their seats for the opening ceremony of Glasgow's Commonwealth Games.

Excited spectators tweeted the view from their seats at Celtic Park, braced to host 40,000 people when the Queen officially opens the Games.

Read: Queen to formally open Commonwealth Games


MT @markpougatch The most beautiful evening at Celtic Park. || A hint of things to come tonight! #Glasgow2014


The eyes of the world will fall on Glasgow with a global television audience of more than one billion people expected to tune in to watch the events unfold.

The event has been described as the most prestigious live event ever seen in Scotland.

Officials say there are still "very few" tickets remaining for the ceremony, with just hours until the Games begin.


Red Cross hold concerns over front line access

The Red Cross say they came under heavy fire today, when attempting to remove causalities from the front line.

The video shows members of the International Committee Red Cross (ICRC) and Palestinian Civil Defence members pulling away from an explosion in the besieged neighbourhood of Shejaiya, eastern Gaza City.

Larry Maybee, ICRC delegate to the armed and security forces said:

The priority now is wounded, and any civilians that are trapped in their homes.

We are a bit concerned that we are getting closer to the front line and the security situation might prevent us.

– Larry Maybee

According to the latest count more than 680 Palestinians and 34 Israelis have been killed during the conflict.

More: UN: Israeli attacks on Gaza 'could amount to war crimes'

Cameron: UK 'the most networked country'

Prime Minister David Cameron has said the UK's economic power was down to it being the "most networked country" in the world.

Mr Cameron was addressing business leaders from across the globe at a business conference in Glasgow as part of the build-up to the 2014 Games.

Read: Glasgow promises 'spectacular' Commonwealth Games

The UK is "the most networked country" according to PM David Cameron, speaking at a business conference linked to the Commonwealth Games.
The UK is "the most networked country" according to PM David Cameron, speaking at a business conference linked to the Commonwealth Games. Credit: PA

"I think we do punch above our weight in the world and I think that's to do with industry, entrepreneurship, it's to do with the English language, our position in the world, the fact that we've got these great universities, great businesses, the science base, there's a good list of advantages we have," he said.

He reiterated that the UK was a member of the EU, the G8, the G20, the Commonwealth, Nato, and a permanent member of the UN Security Council.

He added: "And of course being a United Kingdom, being a collection of countries, that together can work together again helps us punch above our weight."

More: David Cameron begins to make the emotional case for keeping Scotland in the UK


Three Israeli soldiers killed by explosives in Gaza

REUTERS/Yossi Aloni
Israeli soldiers wounded during the offensive in Gaza, board a helicopter for evacuation. Credit: REUTERS/Yossi Aloni

Three Israeli soldiers were killed in the Gaza Strip today, an Israeli Defence Force report has said.

All three were killed by explosive devices.

The soldiers were named as; Lieutenant Paz Elyahu, 22, Staff Sergeant Li Mat, 19, and Staff Sergeant Shahar Dauber, 20. The soldiers' families were notified.

More than 680 Palestinians and 32 Israelis have been killed in the conflict so far.

Read more: UN: Israeli attacks on Gaza 'could amount to war crimes'

MH17 cockpit voice contained 'valid data from flight'

The flight MH17 black box cockpit voice recorder has been successfully downloaded and contained "valid data from the flight", the Dutch air safety board has said.

Journalists take pictures of the black boxes after they were retrieved from the MH17 crash site. Credit: Reuters

"The CVR was damaged but the memory module was intact. Furthermore no evidence or indications of manipulation of the CVR was found," a statement said.

"Following the examination, the CVR data was successfully downloaded and contained valid data from the flight.

"The downloaded data have to be further analysed and investigated."

UN to launch international inquiry into violations in Gaza

The UN Human Rights Council has agreed to launch an international inquiry on possible war violations that may have been committed during Israel's latest military offensive in Gaza.

Further strikes by Israel littered the Gaza Strip skyline.
Further strikes by Israel littered the Gaza Strip skyline. Credit: AP

The vote showed that 29 states were in favour, with the United States voting against. There were also 17 abstentions including some European Union members.

More than 600 Palestinians have been killed in the densely-populated enclave of Gaza. Another three Israeli soldiers were reported to have been killed today, bringing the total to 32.

More: UN: Israeli attacks on Gaza 'could amount to war crimes'

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