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UN: School shelling 'a source of universal shame'

The United Nations relief and works agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA), has condemned the Israeli shelling of a school being used as a shelter as a "universal shame" and a "serious violation of international law."

A man carries a child through the remains of a classroom being used as a UN shelter in Gaza.
A man carries a child through the remains of a classroom being used as a UN shelter in Gaza. Credit: Reuters

The UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl has alled on the international community to act to end the "continuing carnage". Speaking from Jerusalem, he said:

Children killed in their sleep; this is an affront to all of us, a source of universal shame. Today the world stands disgraced.

We have visited the site and gathered evidence. We have analysed fragments, examined craters and other damage....It is too early to give a confirmed official death toll. But we know that there were multiple civilian deaths and injuries including of women and children and the UNRWA guard who was trying to protect the site. These are people who were instructed to leave their homes by the Israeli army.

The precise location of the Jabalia Elementary Girls School and the fact that it was housing thousands of internally displaced people was communicated to the Israeli army seventeen times. I condemn in the strongest possible terms this serious violation of international law by Israeli forces.

We have moved beyond the realm of humanitarian action alone. We are in the realm of accountability. I call on the international community to take deliberate international political action to put an immediate end to the continuing carnage.


Read: School carnage another contentious moment in Gaza

Bolt flies flag for Jamaica as he hails 'awesome' Games

Usain Bolt has put in a passionate supporting role at the Commonwealth Games after hitting back at a report which claimed he had slurred the Glasgow event.

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Usain Bolt was seen laughing as he watched his Jamaican compatriots take on New Zealand in a netball match at the Games. Credit: John Giles/PA Wire
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Bolt flew the flag for his nation after The Times reported the star athlete had labelled the Games as 's***'. Credit: John Giles/PA Wire
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He has rejected the claims on Twitter and later said he thinks the Games in the Scottish city are 'awesome'. Credit: TRACEY NEARMY/AAP/Press Association Images


David Moyes cleared after wine bar assault claim

Former Manchester United manager David Moyes will face no action over an alleged altercation in a Lancashire wine bar, police have announced.

Moyes spoke to officers voluntarily after 23-year-old builder Josh Gillibrand claimed he was assaulted at the Emporium bar in Clitheroe in May.

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David Moyes was sacked by Manchester United in April. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Witnesses reported Moyes, who had been sacked by Manchester United the previous month, was abused by a drunken group of young men shortly before he entered the bar.

Mr Gillibrand denied that he or his friend were involved.

Lancashire Police today confirmed no further action will be taken against any party.

EU sanctions will 'inevitably lead to higher energy prices'

EU sanctions will "inevitably" lead to higher energy prices on the European market, Russia has claimed.

Russian Foreign Ministry said Brussels itself is "creating barriers" for cooperation in the energy sector.

The European Union and US agreed new sanctions against Russia, targeting financial, oil and defence industries.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said today the European Union sanctions imposed on Russia are hurting the country's economy.


'We need to get these driverless cars onto public roads'

Under new measures announced today, fleets of driverless cars are expected to be introduced to the UK roads in "less than six months".

The Government plans to adapt road regulations, which requires changes to the Highway Code, to allow companies to start running trials of cars that do not need a human driver.

ITV News Correspondent Ben Chapman spoke to future transport engineer, Tim Edwards, as he was taken for a drive in one of the new satellite controlled vehicles.

"What we need to do now is get these cars onto public roads so they are emersed in the really complicated day-to-day drive that we'll experience," Mr Edwards said.

Watch: Google shares video of man testing driverless car

Russia: 'Destructive' sanctions will hurt United States

Russia called new US sanctions "destructive and short-sighted" on Wednesday and said they would only aggravate ties between Russia and the United States, already at their lowest point since the end of the Cold War over the Ukraine crisis.

"Such decisions by Washington can bring nothing but further aggravation of U.S.-Russia relations and create an utterly unfavourable environment in international affairs, where the cooperation between our states often plays a decisive role," Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"The de-facto losses from this destructive and short-sighted policy will be quite tangible for Washington."

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