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Gaza refugees 'leave relief agency at breaking point'

Palestinians displaced by an Israeli ground offensive in Jebalya.
Palestinians displaced by an Israeli ground offensive in Jebalya. Credit: Reuters

The main United Nations relief agency in Gaza says it is at "breaking point" with more than 200,000 Palestinians having taken shelter in its schools and buildings.

The total population of the Gaza strip is estimated at 1.8 million.

The groundswell of refugees follows calls by Israel for civilians to evacuate whole neighbourhoods before military operations, the UNRWA said.

'Super Saturday' champion Rutherford leaps for gold

Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford will leap for the top of the podium at the Commonwealth Games today as he attempts to match his feats from the London Olympics.

The British athlete, alongside Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill, secured "Super Saturday" gold medals two years ago, in an unforgettable evening of athletics for Great Britain.

But Rutherford is the only one of the trio competing at the Glasgow Games after Farah pulled out due to illness and Ennis-Hill stepped away from the sport to give birth to her son Reggie.

England's Greg Rutherford during qualifying for the Men's Long Jump at Hampden Park, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
England's Greg Rutherford during qualifying for the Men's Long Jump at Hampden Park, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Credit: PA

Rutherford was in fine form yesterday when his 8.05m jump reached the final, despite having his sleep disturbed in the athletes' village by noisy competitors last week.

He tweeted his frustration on Saturday, saying: "Being in an athletes village is great until the ignorant athletes make more noise than a herd of elephants startled in a china shop."

Watch: Welsh gold medallists: Kate and Wills 'gave us a boost'

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Virgin Atlantic to stop flying over Iraq

Virgin Atlantic has joined other airlines in deciding not to fly over Iraq due to safety concerns.

Fears that insurgents could fire rockets at passenger planes have been heightened by the recent downing of flight MH17 in Ukraine.

Virgin Atlantic says it will not fly over Iraq due to safety concerns.
Virgin Atlantic says it will not fly over Iraq due to safety concerns. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/Press Association Images

However some airlines, including British Airways, are continuing to fly over Iraq and have stressed the need for clear guidelines on which routes are safe to fly.

Virgin's decision follows a decisions from aviation chiefs to set up a new task force to ensure information affecting airline safety is effectively collected and distributed.

Read: Airlines to discuss post-MH17 flight routes

Police probe after officers 'use crowbar to kill deer'

Police have launched an investigation after two officers allegedly used a crowbar to kill a deer that had been injured by a car.

Firearms officers from Durham Constabulary had been sent to put the animal down apparently used the crowbar instead of their guns.

Officers allegedly did not kill the deer in a 'humane manner'.
Officers allegedly did not kill the deer in a 'humane manner'. Credit: Suzy Harrison/Press Association Images

The force confirmed the pair were being investigated as the animal was "apparently not destroyed in the approved humane manner".

A spokesman said the two officers had been moved to other duties "while the facts are being established" and are "not involved in a firearms capacity".

Pictures show aftermath of Gaza school shelling

New pictures show the impact of shelling on a UN school in northern Gaza overnight, which Palestinian officials say left 20 dead.

A hole is shown in the side of the school in northern Gaza.
A hole is shown in the side of the school in northern Gaza. Credit: EBU

The school sits in the Jebaliya refugee camp, where hundreds of Palestinians have sought refuge from fighting in the region.

A woman assesses the wreckage.
A woman assesses the wreckage. Credit: EBU

According to the Associated Press, Fayez Abu Hasna, the principal of the school, said shells hit two classrooms, leaving a large round hole in the ceiling of one on the second floor.

The attacks in Jebalya, northern Gaza, killed 43 in total, Palestinian officials say.
The attacks in Jebalya, northern Gaza, killed 43 in total, Palestinian officials say. Credit: EBU

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Google shares video of man testing driverless car

The government will announce new measures today which will see driverless cars on the streets of Britain in 2015.

Google has shared a video of the moment Steve Mahan became one of the first users to test the new self-driving car.

The footage follows Steve as he drives around- without touching the steering wheel.

Google posted the video with the message:

Steve’s outing is more than just a carefully programmed test drive, it’s the realization of a science fiction dream and an opportunity for technology to impact the lives of millions of people.

We hope these experiments unlock new possibilities for our users—even if it's something as simple as picking up tacos

– Google

Google announced the project in 2010 in a bid to make driving "safer, more enjoyable, and more efficient".

Read: Former Stig: Best computer in a car 'is the human'

Ebola outbreak 'not under control', health chief warns

The Ebola virus is "clearly not yet under control", the director of global health at Public Health England has said, having earlier told the Independent it was the most "acute health emergency" facing Britain

Medical staff take a blood sample from a suspected Ebola patient in Sierra Leone.
Medical staff take a blood sample from a suspected Ebola patient in Sierra Leone. Credit: Reuters

Dr Brian McCloskey said in a statement that the continuing increase in cases is a "cause for concern".

However, he added that the risk to UK travellers and people working in affected countries is "very low" as contracting it requires direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected person.

"People who have returned from affected areas who have a sudden onset of symptoms such as fever, headache, sore throat and general malaise within three weeks of their return should immediately seek medical assistance," he said.

150 feared buried after landslide in India

Around 150 people are feared to have been buried by a landslide in a village in western India, the Associated Press reports.

Prabhakar Deshmukh, the local commissioner of Pune district in Maharashtra state, said some 40 homes had been buried in the village of Ambe.

He said rescue workers had been sent to the village but were being hampered by poor roads and wet weather.

Read: Up to 2,500 feared trapped in Afghan village landslide

Scientist: Foreign diseases 'pose major threat' to Britain

The government's chief scientific advisor says infectious diseases are a "global grand challenge" amid new warnings about the deadly Ebola virus.

Medical staff in protective gear at an Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone.
Medical staff in protective gear at an Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone. Credit: Reuters

Speaking to the Telegraph, Sir Mark Walport said the increasingly "interconnected" meant such diseases were a "potential major threat" to Britons.

“We were lucky with SARS," he said. "But we have to do the best horizon scanning. We have to think about risk and managing risk appropriately.

“The government is keeping a close eye on the Ebola outbreak and they will be prepared.”

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