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Palestinian woman shot dead by Israeli security forces

The incident happened near the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron. Credit: Google Maps

A Palestinian woman who allegedly tried to stab a soldier was shot dead by Israeli security forces on Saturday, Israel's military has said.

No Israelis were injured in the attack, which happened in the city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank.

"An assailant drew a knife and attempted to stab a soldier," the army said in a statement. "Responding to the attack, forces fired at the perpetrator, resulting in her death."

The army said the incident occurred near Hebron's shared religious site known to Jews as the Cave of the Patriarchs and to Muslims as the Ibrahimi Mosque, a site of frequent friction between the sides.

Since the start of October, 27 Israelis have been killed during a series of stabbings, shootings and car-rammings. According to Israeli authorities, at least 158 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in the same period.

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Kerry calls on Russia to change 'targeting' in Syria

US Secretary of State John Kerry accused Russia of dropping so-called 'dumb bombs'. Credit: Reuters

US Secretary of State John Kerry has accused Russia of hitting legitimate opposition groups and civilians with its bombing campaign in Syria.

Speaking at a security conference in Munich, Mr Kerry said Moscow must change its targets in order to respect a ceasefire deal agreed on Friday.

To date, the vast majority of Russia's attacks have been against legitimate opposition groups. To adhere to the agreement it made, Russia's targeting must change.

– US Secretary of State John Kerry

He also said Moscow had been dropping so-called "dumb bombs" that do not have a precise target, leading to the killing of civilians.

Earlier, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev rejected claims Russia has bombed civilians in Syria, saying: "There is no evidence of our bombing civilians, even though everyone is accusing us of this."

French PM calls on Russia to stop bombing Syrian civilians

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and French Prime Minister Manuel Valls at the conference in Munich. Credit: Reuters

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has called on Russia to stop bombing civilians in Syria, saying it is crucial for achieving peace in the country.

In a speech at a security conference in Munich, Mr Valls said: "France respects Russia and its interests ... But we know that to find the path to peace again, the Russian bombing of civilians has to stop".

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev rejected claims Russia has bombed civilians in Syria, saying there was "no evidence" to back the accusations.

Appeal for witnesses to crash outside Liverpool school

Police at the scene following the collision outside a school in Liverpool. Credit: PA

Merseyside Police have appealed for witnesses to a collision outside a school in Liverpool in which eight girls were injured on Friday.

Six of the girls, aged between 11 and 16, sustained "serious injuries", and two others are said to have minor injuries.

Superintendent Mark Wiggins said: "We are working with the Highways Agency, witnesses, the injured girls and the driver to piece together exactly how this collision happened."

An 80-year-old woman who was driving the Peugeot involved stopped at the scene in Belvidere Road and is helping police with their inquiries.

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World has entered 'new Cold War', says Russian PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama. Credit: PA

Tensions between Russia and the West have plunged the world into a "new Cold War", Dmitry Medvedev has said.

The Russian Prime Minister said his country was "accused of making new horrible threats either against NATO as a whole, against Europe or against the US or other countries" on an almost daily basis.

Relations between Russia and the West have been strained by the Ukraine conflict and Russia's backing of Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria.

Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, Mr Medvedev said: "We can say it even more clearly: We have slid into a new period of Cold War."

He said the US and Russia needed to cooperate regularly to resolve the crisis in Syria.

Mr Medvedev also rejected claims Russia has bombed civilians in Syria, saying there was "no evidence" to back the accusations.

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