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'12 dead' in attacks on bus stop and aid centre in Ukraine

Mourners fall to the ground at the site of an explosion in Donetsk, Ukraine, where six people were killed Credit: RTV

At least 12 civilians have been killed in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk Donetsk today, Associated Press reported, citing city officials.

Five people were killed in a shell attack on a cultural centre in Donetsk as they waited for humanitarian aid, while two civilians were killed nearby when a mortar shell landed near a bus stop.

Five other people died in "sporadic artillery fire" in the west of the pro-Russian separatist stronghold.

The Ukrainian military blamed separatists for the attack on the cultural centre, saying they had used "a cynical terrorist act" to try to undermine a meeting of the so-called 'contact group' involving Ukraine, Russia and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, as well as rebel leaders.

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Raiders 'purely motivated by financial greed'

The four burglars who were jailed today for their part in the raid Credit: ITV

Four burglars who raided the home of a university professor were motivated "purely by financial greed", police have said.

Paul Kohler was subjected to a sustained attack by the men during the raid last August, with one of the burglars holding a wooden cabinet door over his head as two others repeatedly punched and kicked him, Kingston Crown Court heard.

Speaking after the men were jailed for the raid, Detective Inspector Daniel O'Sullivan said that all four perpetrators had "pivotal roles throughout", making it difficult to identify the ringleader.

He said: "This was a horrific attack on Paul and his family. The defendants have shown little remorse throughout this two day sentence and throughout the whole investigation.

"Their motivation was purely one of financial greed, all four defendants were fuelled by drugs and alcohol, and I'm pleased with the sentence today, it should give closure to the family."

Paul Kohler: Sentences deserved and justice was done

Paul Kohler has told ITV News he hopes to forgive his attackers who subjected him to a savage beating during a raid on his home.

Speaking after the four burglars were jailed at Kingston Crown Court today, Kohler said: "I feel vindicated. I don't want to be vindictive, i'm not going to glory in their long sentences, I think they were deserved and I think justice was done."

The 55-year-old university professor, who still suffers from double vision following the injuries he sustained during the attack, said he hoped in time to forgive his attackers but currently did not believe they felt any remorse.

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IS gets closer to its goal as Jordan negotiates

The Jordanian government says it is doing all it can to get information on the condition of its pilot, Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh and Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, at the moment though as far as we know it hasn't managed to get any.

While this is all going on the organisation behind this, Islamic State, is getting closer to achieving one of its aims, which is effective recognition as a state.

It has people here appealing to its authority to spare these men and its got the Jordanian government declaring that it s ready to negotiate with it.

Pakistan mosque blast death toll rises to more than 40

Residents and police stand among victims' shoes after an explosion in a Shi'ite mosque in Shikarpur Credit: Reuters

The death toll in a major explosion targeting a Shi'ite mosque in the Pakistani city of Shikarpur rose to more than 40 on Friday, a local doctor said.

"We are still compiling lists from nearby cities where the wounded have been taken for treatment," said the doctor at a local hospital, Shaukat Memon.

More than 50 were wounded in the attack during Friday prayers.

Read more: Police investigate cause of fatal Pakistan mosque blast

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