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Cheers as large Loch Ness monster attends ceremony

Performers set off fireworks, danced and inflated a large Loch Ness monster during the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park.

Performers create the Loch Ness monster.
Performers create the Loch Ness monster story during the performance. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA
Performers take part in the opening ceremony
Performers take part in the opening ceremony. Credit: REUTERS/Phil Noble
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Performers during the 2014 Commonwealth Games Credit: David Davies/PA
Performers during the 2014 Commonwealth Games
Performers during the 2014 Commonwealth Games Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA

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Space station tweets night picture of the Gaza Strip

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station tweeted a night image of rockets flying between Gaza and Israel, this evening.

Astronaut Alexander Gerst said it was his "saddest photo yet."

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My saddest photo yet. From #ISS we can actually see explosions and rockets flying over #Gaza & #Israel http://t.co/jNGWxHilSy

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Singers wow Celtic Park during opening ceremony

The opening ceremony of the 20th Commonwealth Games is currently underway with performances by singers Rod Stewart, John Barrowman and Amy Macdonald.

John Barrowman performs
John Barrowman performs during the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Credit: David Davies/PA

More: Commonwealth Games opening ceremony underway in Glasgow

Well-known faces at Games opening ceremony

Celebrities have been spotted at Glasgow's opening Ceremony for the 20th Commonwealth Games.

Singer and performer John Barrowman kicked off proceedings earlier this evening.

Former swimmer Rebecca Adlington enjoying herslef at the 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.
Former swimmer Rebecca Adlington enjoying herslef at the 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. Credit: PA
Comedian Billy Connolly  his wife Pamela Stephenson sit in the stands during the opening ceremony.
Comedian Billy Connolly his wife Pamela Stephenson sit in the stands during the opening ceremony. Credit: Reuters
Labour leader Ed Milliband and his wife Justine Thornton in the stands at the 20th Commonwealth Games.
Labour leader Ed Milliband and his wife Justine Thornton in the stands at the 20th Commonwealth Games. Credit: Reuters

More: Glasgow promises 'spectacular' Commonwealth Games

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Abbas tells Kerry: Israel's war is without justification

The Palestinian president has told US Secretary of State John Kerry that Israel's offensive in Gaza is a "war without justification".

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John Kerry pictured with Palestinian prime minister Mahmoud Abbas today. Credit: Facebook/President Mahmoud Abbas

Speaking after meeting Kerry in Ramallah, Mahmoud Abbas accused the Israelis of forging "a war against the Palestinian people".

Mr Kerry said the US would continue to push for a ceasefire in the conflict that has killed at least 687 Palestinians and 32 Israelis.

Read: The toddler who will have to bear the scars of the Middle East conflict

Athletes share their excitement for opening ceremony

Athletes have taken to Twitter to share their excitement ahead of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.

Team Scotland swimmer Martin Cremin tweeted a picture of him in his kilt:

The England judo team tweeted a picture of them in their ceremony suits:

Welsh netball player Nia Jones also tweeted her excitement at walking out at Celtic Park:

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Walking out in front of a sold out Celtic Park tonight wowowowow ??? #pinchme

More: Glasgow promises 'spectacular' Commonwealth Games

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