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Anti-semitic sentiment spreads across Europe

  • Clashes broke out at a banned pro-Gaza demonstration in Paris on Saturday, with tear gas deployed by riot police after protestors threw stones and other missiles.
  • France, which has western Europe's largest Muslims and Jewish populations, banned a 3,000-strong protest, fearing a wave of anti-Semitic attacks.
  • In Berlin, too, an Imam at a mosque apparently called for the murder of Zionist Jews. It led the Israeli Ambassador to Berlin, Yakov Hadas-Handelsman, to say "they pursue the Jews in the streets of Berlin as if it were in 1938".

Gaza port explosion sends debris into nearby buildings

ITV News correspondent Dan Rivers is in Gaza and says an explosion at a port sent debris flying across nearby buildings.

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Shattering explosion at port near our hotel - sent debris across our roof of our building. deafening roar. Terrifying http://t.co/8TIHFbPUXE

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Anti-semitic attacks in Britain 'double' in a month

The number of reported attacks on British Jews have doubled over the last month, according to policy and community groups.

Read: Hamas leader's house hit during intense bombardment of Gaza

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Jewish groups said the number of attacks was double the number carried out before the Gaza conflict. Credit: PA

More than 100 hate incidents have been recorded in Britain, including a Rabbi attacked by four youths outside a Jewish boarding school in Gateshead.

Other reports include a group of Asian men driving through a Jewish area of Greater Manchester, shouting “Heil Hitler” and hurling missiles at pedestrians.

Jewish groups have also tracked an increase in the use of the words "dirty Jew" on Twitter.

A spokesman for a Jewish organisation, the Community Security Trust (CST), said the incidents are well over double the average and are linked to the conflict in Gaza.

Read: Controversial French 'quenelle' comedian banned from UK

Israel: Hamas rockets launched from 'civilian structures'

The Israeli Defence Forces shared pictures of what it says are civilian structures from which Hamas has launched rockets aimed at Israel.

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UPDATE: Moments ago, 3 rockets were fired from Gaza. Iron Dome intercepted 1 above Ashdod; 2 hit open areas in central Israel.

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These are just some of the civilian structures Hamas has fired its rockets from. Where will it fire from next? http://t.co/SVovvPGhHQ

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Royals hoping for day of British medal success

Prince Harry (left) watches a swimming session with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Prince Harry (left) watches a swimming session with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Credit: PA

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will be hoping the gold rush continues as they return to the Commonwealth Games today to support the home nations.

Today there are 31 gold medals to be won - in athletics, swimming, cycling mountain bike, artistic gymnastics, weightlifting, shooting and wrestling.

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Sprint champion: Glasgow food 'needs more seasoning'

Gold medal winner Kemar Bailey-Cole is not a fan of Scottish food.
Gold medal winner Kemar Bailey-Cole (second left) is not a fan of Scottish food. Credit: PA

The new Commonwealth Games sprint champion has said that food during London 2012 was superior to what's on offer at Glasgow 2014.

Jamaican Kemar Bailey-Cole won gold in the men's 100m sprint but is unlikely to be celebrating with a Scottish meal.

Asked how the food in Glasgow compared with that on offer at London 2012, he said: "I can't compare. London was really different food. It was way better than this. It could do with some more seasoning."

US accuses Russia of violating nuclear treaty

In another sign of deteriorating relations between the United States and Russia, the US government said that Moscow had violated the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty, and urged immediate bilateral talks on the issue.

This is a very serious matter which we have attempted to address with Russia for some time now.

The United States will, of course, consult with allies on this matter to take into account the impact of this Russian violation on our collective security if Russia does not return to compliance.

– White House Statement

US to send £4m in aid to eastern Ukraine

US vice president Joe Biden told Ukrainian prime minister Arseny Yatseniuk on that the United States would provide almost $7m (£4.1m) in reconstruction aid to parts of eastern Ukraine, including $1m (£0.6m) in new support, the White House said.

The aid includes contributions to the Red Cross and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for medical aid, access to drinking water, and small rebuilding projects, the WhiteHouse said.

Shelter: Young need 'bolder action' than Help To Buy

Young people need "bolder action" than the Government's flagship Help To Buy scheme if they are going to be financially independent enough to move out of their parents' home, a housing charity said.

Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, said:

The 'clipped wing generation' are finding themselves with no choice but to remain living with mum and dad well into adulthood, as they struggle to find a home of their own...

Rather than pumping more money into schemes like Help to Buy, we need bolder action that will meet the demand for affordable homes and not inflate prices further.

From helping small local builders find the finance they need, to investing in a new generation of part rent, part buy homes, the solutions to our housing shortage are there for the taking.

Politicians of all parties must now put stable homes for the next generation at the top of the agenda.

– Campbell Robb
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