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Abbas tells Kerry: Israel's war is without justification

The Palestinian president has told US Secretary of State John Kerry that Israel's offensive in Gaza is a "war without justification".

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John Kerry pictured with Palestinian prime minister Mahmoud Abbas today. Credit: Facebook/President Mahmoud Abbas

Speaking after meeting Kerry in Ramallah, Mahmoud Abbas accused the Israelis of forging "a war against the Palestinian people".

Mr Kerry said the US would continue to push for a ceasefire in the conflict that has killed at least 687 Palestinians and 32 Israelis.

Read: The toddler who will have to bear the scars of the Middle East conflict

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Athletes share their excitement for opening ceremony

Athletes have taken to Twitter to share their excitement ahead of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.

Team Scotland swimmer Martin Cremin tweeted a picture of him in his kilt:

The England judo team tweeted a picture of them in their ceremony suits:

Welsh netball player Nia Jones also tweeted her excitement at walking out at Celtic Park:

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Walking out in front of a sold out Celtic Park tonight wowowowow ??? #pinchme

More: Glasgow promises 'spectacular' Commonwealth Games

Queen arrives in Glasgow ahead of Games ceremony

The Queen has arrived in Glasgow ahead of the opening ceremony of the 20th Commonwealth Games.

During the ceremony, the Queen will read out a message that she placed inside the Commonwealth Games baton as it travelled around the world.

Around 40,000 people are expected to flood to Celtic Park, where Rod Stewart and Susan Boyle are set to perform.

Read: The 2014 Commonwealth Games in numbers

Claudia Lawrence police begin drilling at York pub

Police have begun drilling inside a pub in York, as part of an investigation into the disappearance of chef Claudia Lawrence.

The Acomb pub was the focus of intense activity today by North Yorkshire Police, who also confirmed they had arrested a 46-year-old man on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

Police search The Acomb pub in York.
Police search The Acomb pub in York. Credit: Dave Higgens/PA

Read more: Claudia Lawrence police arrested man, 46, in York area

It is understood the search of the pub is related to the arrest.

In the afternoon, a police crime scene officer left carrying drilling equipment in a case.

Today's activity took place about three miles from Miss Lawrence's small house in the Heworth area of York.

Read more: Arrest in Claudia Lawrence investigation

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Missing Birmingham children found safe and well on bus

Two children reported missing in Birmingham have been found safe and well on a bus, West Midlands Police said.

Police had earlier launched a search for Saina Sava, 11, and her three-year-old brother Adi after they disappeared from their home at around midday.

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GREAT NEWS: Missing children Saina and Adi Sava have just been found safe and well on a bus - thanks for all your retweets!

Thousands in Holland pay respects to MH17 victims

Thousands of Dutch people lined streets today to pay their respects to the victims of flight MH17.

Thousands turn out to line the route of a convoy of hearses, bearing remains of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash, as they make their way to Hilversum, Holland.
Thousands turn out to line the route of a convoy of hearses, bearing remains of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash, as they make their way to Hilversum, Holland. Credit: Reuters

Bells pealed and flags flew at half mast in memory of the 298 people killed when flight MH17 crashed in an area of eastern Ukraine held by Russian-backed separatists.

A man holds a Netherlands flag flying at half-mast as a row of hearses, escorted by military police, passes by.
A man holds a Netherlands flag flying at half-mast as a row of hearses, escorted by military police, passes by. Credit: Reuters

The first 16 coffins with the remains of victims landed at Eindhoven airport from an airport in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.

Read: Bells toll across Holland as first victims of MH17 land

Thousands of mourners gather to show their respects to the MH17 dead.
Thousands of mourners gather to show their respects to the MH17 dead. Credit: Reuters

A motorcade accompanied the hearses as they arrived at the Korporaal van Oudheusden barracks in Hilversum.

Devastated family members of victims look on as the hearses arrive at the Korporaal van Oudheusden barracks.
Devastated family members of victims look on as the hearses arrive at the Korporaal van Oudheusden barracks. Credit: Reuters

More: The Last Post is played as MH17 victims' bodies arrive

Scene set for the Glasgow 2014 opening ceremony

The opening ceremony is set to begin at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland:

About 4,500 athletes from 71 nations will take part in the 20th edition of the Games, which runs until the 3rd of August.

More: Glasgow promises 'spectacular' Commonwealth Games

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