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Hamas: Israel 'failed' to kill Gaza military leader

An Israeli airstrike failed to kill the commander of Hamas armed wing in Gaza, according to the militant group.

Israeli fighter planes bombed a house in northern Gaza, killing Mohammed Deif's wife, his seven-month-old son and three other people yesterday.

But the shadowy leader of Hamas's armed wing in Gaza survived the attack, the group said.

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UN chief 'strongly condemns' murder of US journalist

The Secretary-General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon, has condemned "in the strongest terms" the beheading of US journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants.

A statement released on his behalf also called for those behind the attack to be brought to justice.

The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms the horrific murder of journalist James Foley, an abominable crime that underscores the campaign of terror the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) continues to wage against the people of Iraq and Syria.

He extends his deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Mr. Foley. The perpetrators of this and other such horrific crimes must be brought to justice.

– Spokesman for Ban Ki-moon

Teacher who brought yoga to millions dies aged 95

BKS Iyengar, the man credited with popularising yoga around the world, has died in hospital at the age of 95.

BKS Iyengar, 14 December 1918 - 20 August 2014
BKS Iyengar, 14 December 1918 - 20 August 2014

Iyengar began learning yoga aged 15 in a bid to overcome a series of illnesses he suffered as a child, and within three years he began teaching.

He developed his own style of yoga teaching, initially from his institute in the western Indian city of Pune and eventually spreading to more than 100 Iyengar yoga centres around the world. His book, Light on Yoga, has sold more than three million copies around the world.

BKS Iyengar practicing yoga
BKS Iyengar practicing yoga

Iyengar also counted a number of celebrities among his devotees, including Pakistani cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, writer Aldous Huxley and violinist Yehudi Menuhin.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he would be remembered as "a fine Guru, scholar and a stalwart who brought yoga into the lives of many across the world".

Tel Aviv explosion part of 'five rocket barrage'

An explosion in Tel Aviv was part of a barrage of five rockets fired at Israel in the last half-an-hour, according to the country's military.

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The recent explosion heard in Tel Aviv was part of a barrage of 5 rockets fired at Israel in the past 30 minutes.

It was not immediately clear if there were any casualties. Palestinian health officials say at least 19 people have died in Israeli air strikes since the latest ceasefire ended yesterday.

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Tilbury container appears strewn with clothes and bags

Essex Police have released these images of the shipping container from Tilbury Docks that was found to be holding 35 Afghan Sikhs.

The images show the inside of the container half full of liquid containers and strewn with bags and what look like clothes.

The shipping container seized at Tilbury Docks after shouts were heard coming from inside
The shipping container that was seized at Tilbury Docks after shouts were heard coming from inside Credit: Essex Police
The inside of the container where 35 people travelled into the UK
The inside of the container where 35 people travelled into the UK Credit: Essex Police

Israel: 175 rockets fired from Gaza since truce broken

Israel says 175 rockets have been fired at its territory from Gaza since the latest ceasefire was broken yesterday.

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Since Hamas broke the latest ceasefire, over 175 rockets have been fired at Israel.

There have been no reported casualties as a result of the rocket attacks.

However, Palestinian health officials say at least 19 people have died in Israeli air strikes since the ceasefire ended yesterday.

National Security Council: 'Beheading' video is authentic

The US National Security Council has confirmed a video released by the Islamic State purporting to show US journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff is authentic.

The US Intelligence Community has analysed the recently-released video showing US citizens James Foley and Steven Sotloff.

We have reached the judgement that this video is authentic.

We will continue to provide updates as they are available.

– NSC spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden
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