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UN agency calls for probe into shelling of Gaza school

The UN Relief and Works Agency has called for an "immediate investigation" into the Israeli military's shelling of a school in Gaza that reportedly left 15 people dead.

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UNRWA calls 4 immediate #BeitHanoun investigation 2 ensure circumstances & responsibilities r comprehensively & irrefutably established RT

Spokesman Chris Gunness also tweeted that there was "no evidence" that there were rockets in the school in the town of Beit Hanoun.

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Just to be clear: there is no evidence whatsoever that there were rockets in the school at Beit Hanoun in #Gaza yesterday RT

Read: Israel's 'errant fire could have caused school shelling'

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Border chief urges more reporting of sham marriages

There needs to better reporting of shame marriages from registrars in order to tackle the influx of people exploiting the immigration loophole, accroding to the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration.

John Vine told Good Morning Britain where was "a very patchy" picture of sham marriages sent to the Home Office, and authorities believe the problem has been grossly underreported.

Tulisa back in court to hear V Festival assault verdict

Former X Factor judge Tulisa will learn her fate over an alleged assault at last year's V Festival.
Former X Factor judge Tulisa will learn her fate over an alleged assault at last year's V Festival. Credit: Reuters

Former X-Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos is back in court today to find out the verdict of an assault charge against her.

A drugs trial involving her collapsed last week. But she will appear before magistrates in Stratford, east London, to discover her fate after she allegedly hit celebrity blogger Savvas Morgan at last year's V Festival.

Her assistant Gareth Varey, 28, is accused of using threatening behaviour.

The pair, both of Friern Barnet, north London, deny the charges against them.

Journalist Peter Greste to appeal against jail sentence

Jailed Al Jazeera and former BBC journalist Peter Greste is to appeal against his conviction on terrorism-related charges in Egypt, his brother has said.

Australian journalist Peter Greste was jailed for seven years by an Egytian court for alleged terror offences, which he denies.
Australian journalist Peter Greste was jailed for seven years by an Egytian court for alleged terror offences, which he denies. Credit: Reuters

Egyptian authorities accuse Al Jazeera of backing the Muslim Brotherhood, which was recently ruled a terrorist organisation.

Mr Greste's sentencing sparked outrage around the world when he was jailed along with fellow journalists Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohammed last month.

Andrew Greste's brother Mike said during a press conference in Brisbane that the family would be appealing the conviction.
Andrew Greste's brother Mike said during a press conference in Brisbane that the family would be appealing the conviction. Credit: PA

Today Mr Greste's brother Mike told reporters in the family's hometown of Brisbane that they "have to have faith in the Egyptian system."

He added: "We have to exhaust all legal channels prior to ... taking other strategies," referring to options including appealing to President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi for clemency.

'MH17 victim had cards stolen,' family member claims

Personal belongings of one of the British victims of the MH17 Air Malyasia crash have been looted, his brother-in-law said.

Shane Hattingh claims 43-year-old helicopter rescue pilot Cameron Dalziel pilot, who is understood to have been South African but travelling on a British passport, had his credit cards stolen.

He told the Sun newspaper: "We've been told some of his cards were stolen.

"After all we've been through - to do this to the families is so cruel. It is leaving some struggling for money. This really is the final insult."

A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said they are "working with family members to protect victims from the possibility of financial and identity fraud."

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New radiotherapy 'eliminates need for numerous visits'

An innovative radiotherapy treatment will "eliminate the need for numerous hospital visits" and greatly improve the patient's quality of life, a health chief said.

Professor Carole Longson, director of health technology evaluation at Nice, said:

Unlike regular radiotherapy, with the Intrabeam Radiotherapy System only one dose is required.

This single dose is given at the same time as surgery, eliminating the need for numerous hospital visits.

Regular radiotherapy typically requires numerous doses over a three week period - although some people may receive it for longer - and is performed weeks or months after surgery or chemotherapy.

Whilst current evidence was not extensive, this type of radiotherapy was more convenient for patients and can improve a person's quality of life.

It's still a new treatment - so far only six centres in the UK have used the Intrabeam Radiotherapy System to treat early breast cancer.

– Professor Carole Longson

Nine trucks carrying food and supplies enter Syria

Nine trucks carrying food and other supplies have crossed into Syria through a Turkish checkpoint.

They were the first to do so under a United Nations resolution authorising cross-border aid deliveries without Syrian government approval.

UN spokeswoman Amanda Pitt said the trucks contained desperately needed food, water purification tablets, and sanitation and shelter materials.

The UN humanitarian office has said that if security allows, aid could reach 2.9 million people through the four crossings.

So far more than 150,000 people have died in the three-year Syria conflict.

Air Algerie flight 'crashed after being struck by lightning'

A group of herders who say they saw Air Algerie flight AH5017 crash claim it went down after being struck by lightning, local officials told Reuters.

Louis Berthaud, a community counsellor in Gossi near where the plane carrying 116 people went down, said: "The herders were in the bush and saw the plane fall."

He added: "It must have been a storm and it was struck by lightning. They said it was on fire as it fell, before it crashed."

At the moment the cause of the crash appears to be bad weather but French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said no hypothesis, including terrorist attacks, had been excluded.

France send military unit to AH5017 wreckage scene

France has sent a military unit to secure the site of the wreckage of the Air Algerie flight which was carrying 51 French nationals.

There were 110 passengers on the plane, which crashed in Mali, plus six crew members. All the crew are thought to be Spanish.

A statement from French President Francois Hollande's office said."A French military unit has been sent to secure the site and gather the first elements of information."

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