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Ambassador: 'International community failing Palestinians'

The international community is "failing Palestinians" by not acting to "stop the war machine." according to the Palestinian ambassador to the UN. Addressing the UN Security Council Dr Riyad Mansour said Palestinians were angry about "crimes against our people and the killing of large numbers of civilians, child and women."

UN ambassador Dr Riyad Mansour.
UN ambassador Dr Riyad Mansour. Credit: PA

He added: "Our people in the Gaza strip are correct in saying that the international community is failing them. "I hope the Security Council will reach a conclusion to adopt a resolution calling for this aggression to stop. "This is not going after a political group. This is 1.8 million civilians in the Gaza Strip."

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Experts pay their respects at MH17 crash site

Two weeks since the MH17 Malaysia Airlines plane was downed, members of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission took a moment of silence to remember the victims.

The team of four experts from the Netherlands and Australia reached the crash site for the first time in almost a week after using a new route earlier today.

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Read: Experts reach MH17 crash site for first time in a week

EU formally adopts sanctions against Russia

Sanctions curbing arms sales to Russia and cutting off financing to some of the countries banks were formally adopted by the European Union today.

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The 28 member states of the European Union formally adopted sanctions against Russia today. Credit: PA

Officials said the sanctions aim to inflict maximum pain on Russia and minimum pain on the 28 member states of the EU, but Russia denounced the sanctions as "destructive and short sighted."

Ebola: 'Unlikely' to reach Europe says expert

A scientist has said the deadly Ebola virus is "unlikely to spread to Europe".

Professor Peter Piot, who helped discover the virus in the 1970s, said the likelihood the epidemic could spread in the UK was "very, very, very low".

This comes as border staff expressed concerns over what they should do if they suspected someone had Ebola.

Read: Staff 'concerned at lack of training on Ebola symptoms'

Border staff had expressed concerns over how to look for Ebola symptoms but leading scientist Professor Peter Piot has said the virus is "unlikely" to arrive in the UK.
Border staff had expressed concerns over how to look for Ebola symptoms but leading scientist Professor Peter Piot has said the virus is "unlikely" to arrive in the UK. Credit: PA

"When someone is extremely ill - that is when they are very infectious, but at that stage patients can hardly move - they are not mobile," he said.

"Here, because of our infection control and standards in hospitals, I think that the likelihood that would give rise to an epidemic is very, very, very low."

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Max Whitlock takes gold in gymnastics floor final

Endland's Max Whitlock has won his third gold medal in the Commonwealth Games, after claiming victory in the men's gymnastics floor final.

The 21-year-old double Olympic bronze medalist claimed victory in the men's individual all-around final yesterday, as well as winning victory in the men's team final for England.

England's Max Whitlock on the podium with his gold medal after the Men's Floor Final at the SSE Hydro, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
England's Max Whitlock on the podium with his gold medal after the Men's Floor Final at the SSE Hydro, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Credit: PA

The Commonwealth champion told BBC Sport: "This medal gives me a lot of confidence going into later events with three medals under my belt now. I'm looking forward to the battle with Louis Smith and Daniel Keatings in the pommel horse now."

Read: Whitlock gold returns England to top of medals table

Benidorm star Kenny Ireland dies aged 68

Scottish TV star Kenny Ireland, whose roles have included playing the ageing swinger Donald Stewart in ITV comedy series Benidorm, has died at the age of 68.

Actor Kenny Ireland who died today, aged 68.
Actor Kenny Ireland (Right) who died today, aged 68. Credit: ITV

His agent said he had died in the early hours of this morning, adding: "He had been ill with cancer for some time."

Ireland was a familiar face in Victoria Wood's series As Seen On TV, featuring in the cast of the regular Acorn Antiques segment.

He had directed productions such as Phaedra, Waiting for Godot and Dancing at Lughnasa for the stage and appeared in TV programmes such as Taggart and House of Cards.

But he was probably most famous for his long running role as Donald Stewart on ITV comedy Benidorm. He was written out of the series in June so he could concentrate on treatment in a bid to beat the disease.

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