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EU imposes sanctions on Russian intelligence officials

The EU has imposed sanctions on two senior Russian intelligence officials in the wake of the downing of MH17 in eastern Ukraine, according to Reuters.

Alexander Bortnikov, the head of Russia's FSB security service, and Mikhail Fradhov, chief of the foreign intelligence service, are the targets of the fresh sanctions.

Bortnikov and Fradhov were among 15 Russians or Ukrainians and 18 companies named in the EU's latest sanctions list.

Pro-Russian rebels have been widely blamed for shooting down the Malaysia Airlines airliner which killed all 298 people onboard, while Western leaders have repeatedly accused Russia of backing the separatists.

The US yesterday said it "has indications" that Russia intended to supply more sophisticated weaponry to the rebels.

Israel confirms 12-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza

Israel has confirmed a 12-hour "humanitarian window" will take place in Gaza from Saturday morning.

But the country's defence forces warned it would respond if "terrorists choose to exploit this time" to attack soldiers or Israeli citizens.

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From 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, there will be a humanitarian window in Gaza. During this time, we'll continue to locate & neutralize terror tunnels

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We will respond if terrorists choose to exploit this time to attack IDF personnel or fire at Israeli civilians.

Read: Hamas agrees to 12-hour pause in Gaza hostilities

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Three siblings killed after thieves crash stolen car

Three siblings, who were helping their mother sell fruit to raise money for their local church, have been killed in Philadelphia after carjackers lost control of a stolen vehicle.

The children, aged seven, 10 and 15, were working on a fruit stand in northern Philadelphia when the two suspects mounted the pavement and veered into the family.

Their mother and a family friend, who were also hit, are said to be in a critical condition in hospital, NBC Philadelphia report.

The victim of the carjacking, who was forced on to the backseat of her car at gun point, is also in a critical condition.

Both men escaped on foot sparking a huge manhunt and a $100,000 reward has now been offered to anyone with information that could help trace them.

British man killed in Air Algerie crash named

A British man killed when an Air Algerie flight crashed in northern Mali is understood to be David Morgan, ITV News has learnt.

Prime Minister David Cameron earlier said he was "deeply saddened" by the death of the British national.

At least 118 people died in the disaster, with nearly half of those aboard the flight believed to be French nationals.

Wallace cries 'for freedom' after golden win in the pool

Scottish swimmer Daniel Wallace has channelled one of Scotland's most famous sons as he celebrated a golden home win at the Commonwealth Games with a victory cry "for freedom!"

Wallace came from behind to win the men's 400m individual medley before smashing his arms into the water in delight as his victory was confirmed.

The cry for "freedom" is a reference to the speech delivered by his near-namesake, William Wallace, to Scottish rebels fighting for independence at the turn of the 14th century that was made famous by the 1995 film Braveheart.

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England top medal table after day two of Glasgow 2014

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England's Owen Livesey (left) with his medal after winning the men's 81kg Judo final. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA

England are leading the medal table with 32 medals - 12 gold, 11 silver and nine bronze - in the late evening of day two at the Commonwealth Games.

Australia are currently in second place with 31 medals - 10 gold, nine silver and 12 bronze - followed by Scotland in third place with 14 medals - seven gold, three silver and four bronze.

Wales are now in tenth place with three silver and three bronze medals while Northern Ireland was 17th equal with one bronze.

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US official: Israel to begin 12-hour ceasefire tomorrow

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told US Secretary of State John Kerry that Israel will begin a 12-hour pause in hostilities in Gaza from 7am local time tomorrow, a US official has told Reuters.

The official made the comment when asked about Mr Kerry's statement that Mr Netanyahu had inferred to him that Israel was willing to undertake a pause as a goodwill gesture.

The Israeli government did not immediately comment on the report.

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