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The United Nations relief and works agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA), has condemned the Israeli shelling of a school being used as a shelter as a "universal shame" and a "serious violation of international law."
The UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl has alled on the international community to act to end the "continuing carnage". Speaking from Jerusalem, he said:
– COMMISSIONER-GENERAL PIERRE KRÄHENBÜHL
Children killed in their sleep; this is an affront to all of us, a source of universal shame. Today the world stands disgraced.
We have visited the site and gathered evidence. We have analysed fragments, examined craters and other damage....It is too early to give a confirmed official death toll. But we know that there were multiple civilian deaths and injuries including of women and children and the UNRWA guard who was trying to protect the site. These are people who were instructed to leave their homes by the Israeli army.
The precise location of the Jabalia Elementary Girls School and the fact that it was housing thousands of internally displaced people was communicated to the Israeli army seventeen times. I condemn in the strongest possible terms this serious violation of international law by Israeli forces.
We have moved beyond the realm of humanitarian action alone. We are in the realm of accountability. I call on the international community to take deliberate international political action to put an immediate end to the continuing carnage.
Usain Bolt has put in a passionate supporting role at the Commonwealth Games after hitting back at a report which claimed he had slurred the Glasgow event.
Police are investigating the death of a man who became seriously unwell moments after smoking herbal incense in Manchester .
He was taken to hospital on 19 July and died on 25 July.
Detectives know the man smoked “Eclipse” - which is marketed as herbal incense and described on the internet as herbal ecstasy - just prior to collapsing and suffering a heart attack.
Detective Sergeant Mark Astbury, said:
– Detective Sergeant Mark Astbury, GMP
While the circumstances surrounding the man’s death are very much ongoing, we know for certain he became very unwell soon after smoking the incense and are working with the coroner to establish the full circumstances.
“Eclipse and other such herbal incense, while often marketed as not for human consumption/inhalation are surreptitiously sold by retailers and frequently consumed by users as so called “legal highs”.
“Faced with what we know we feel it is important to send out what will appear to most to be extremely obvious safety message. Put simply, do not smoke herbal incense. It is not for direct inhalation and you do not know what effect it will have on your wellbeing.
Former Manchester United manager David Moyes will face no action over an alleged altercation in a Lancashire wine bar, police have announced.
Moyes spoke to officers voluntarily after 23-year-old builder Josh Gillibrand claimed he was assaulted at the Emporium bar in Clitheroe in May.
Witnesses reported Moyes, who had been sacked by Manchester United the previous month, was abused by a drunken group of young men shortly before he entered the bar.
Mr Gillibrand denied that he or his friend were involved.
Lancashire Police today confirmed no further action will be taken against any party.
EU sanctions will "inevitably" lead to higher energy prices on the European market, Russia has claimed.
Russian Foreign Ministry said Brussels itself is "creating barriers" for cooperation in the energy sector.
The European Union and US agreed new sanctions against Russia, targeting financial, oil and defence industries.
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said today the European Union sanctions imposed on Russia are hurting the country's economy.
British Airways pilot Simon Wood, who was struck by a train near Potters Bar station in Hertfordshire days before he was due in court accused of child abuse, "took his own life", Coroner Graham Danbury ruled today.
Under new measures announced today, fleets of driverless cars are expected to be introduced to the UK roads in "less than six months".
The Government plans to adapt road regulations, which requires changes to the Highway Code, to allow companies to start running trials of cars that do not need a human driver.
ITV News Correspondent Ben Chapman spoke to future transport engineer, Tim Edwards, as he was taken for a drive in one of the new satellite controlled vehicles.
"What we need to do now is get these cars onto public roads so they are emersed in the really complicated day-to-day drive that we'll experience," Mr Edwards said.
Russia called new US sanctions "destructive and short-sighted" on Wednesday and said they would only aggravate ties between Russia and the United States, already at their lowest point since the end of the Cold War over the Ukraine crisis.
"Such decisions by Washington can bring nothing but further aggravation of U.S.-Russia relations and create an utterly unfavourable environment in international affairs, where the cooperation between our states often plays a decisive role," Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
"The de-facto losses from this destructive and short-sighted policy will be quite tangible for Washington."