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Airlines halt flights to Tel Aviv as violence continues

American and European airlines have cancelled flights to Tel Aviv as clashes between Israel and Hamas continued to escalate in Gaza.

The death toll in the conflict has risen to over 600, despite increased diplomatic efforts by US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for a ceasefire.

Airlines were strongly advised to avoid Tel Aviv following a rocket strike near the Ben Gurion Airport.

ITV News Senior International Correspondent John Irvine reports:

Read: Which airlines have suspended flights to Tel Aviv?

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Vladimir Putin: West bullying Russia over Ukraine crisis

Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the West of bullying him over the Ukraine crisis - an approach he called both "strange and unacceptable".

European foreign ministers in Brussels have drawn up new sanctions against Russia but not the economic measures supported by Britain and the US.

ITV News Diplomatic Correspondent John Ray reports from Moscow:

Watch: Cameron calls on Russia to release MH17 information

Remains of some MH17 victims still at crash site

Relatives of MH17 victims faced fresh agony today after finding out that only 200 bodies of the nearly 300 dead were on board a train that arrived in Kharkiv.

Remains of many are yet to be recovered from the crash scene in eastern Ukraine - which is still in the control of militants.

Separatists handed over the black box flight recorder today but there are many accusations over what they may still be covering up.

ITV News Correspondent Neil Connery reports from Kharkiv:

Read: Dutchman was due to fly on both MH370 and MH17

US believes separatists shot down MH17 'by mistake'

US intelligence officials said they believe pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine probably shot down MH17 "by mistake".

However, the US admitted not knowing exactly who fired the surface-to-air missile that downed the Malaysian Airlines plane.

Russia is continuing to deliver more weapons, including rockets and tanks, to separatists, officials added.

The intelligence officials also said the US did not know separatists had Russian SA-11 missiles until after the plane was hit.

Body of 13-year-old boy recovered from River Thames

The body of a 13-year-old boy has been recovered from the River Thames near Marlow.

Thames Valley Police were called to reports of a person in difficulty in the river at around 4.30pm today.

The teenager's body was subsequently found at just after 8pm following a search.

Police said they were not treating the boy's death as suspicious at this stage.

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Rabbit posted through letterbox returned to owner

A stolen rabbit posted through a letterbox in a "silly prank" has been returned to its owner.

The white rabbit was found on top of a stack of letters and cards by a postman on Saturday morning in Maltby, south Yorkshire.

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The rabbit was posted through a letterbox in a 'silly prank'. Credit: PA Wire

The pet's owners were eventually identified by the RSPCA, only after the charity received numerous offers to re-home the animal.

The RSPCA, who have launched an investigation into the incident, said the rabbit had been taken from its hutch.

"Clearly this was a silly prank that could have resulted in the rabbit being seriously hurt," a spokesperson for the animal charity said.

Which airlines have suspended flights to Tel Aviv?

A host of European and US airlines have cancelled or suspended flights to Tel Aviv, Israel, due to the escalating conflict in the region.

Lufthansa.
Lufthansa is among the airlines which have suspended flights to Tel Aviv. Credit: Boris Roessler/DPA

The Europe Air Safety Agency issued a "strong recommendation" to avoid the airport, while the US Federal Aviation Administration prohibited Delta, US Airways and United - the three airlines that fly to Israel - from travelling to Tel Aviv.

Dutch airline KLM, Air France and German company Lufthansa have all suspended flights to Ben Guiron Airport.

A Turkish Airlines plane from Istanbul to Israel turned back after flights were halted for 24 hours.

Watch: BBC Arabic reporter attacked mid-broadcast in Israel

Finishing touches made for the Commonwealth Games

With only one day to go before the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, hundreds welcomed the Queen's baton as it arrived in Glasgow today.

After a 288 day tour of the Commonwealth, the baton finally arrived in the host city with many enjoying the atmosphere and festivities.

ITV News' Scotland Correspondent Debi Edward reports:

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