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Two Israeli soldiers killed during combat in Gaza

Two Israeli soldiers have been killed during fighting in Gaza, Israel's defence force said.

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Two more Israeli soldiers have died in the conflict. Credit: Reuters

The deaths increase the Israeli death toll to 39, including 37 soldiers and two civilians.

Some 865 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed in the 19-day conflict.

Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 12-hour humanitarian ceasefire starting from 0800 Israeli time (0500 GMT) today.

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Usain Bolt set to arrive ahead of Commonwealth debut

Sprinter Usain Bolt is set to arrive in Glasgow today as he prepares to make his first ever appearance at the Commonwealth Games.

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Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt is due to arrive in Glasgow today. Credit: PA Wire

The multiple Olympic champion will compete in the 4X100m relay heats at Hampden Park next Friday.

Bolt will be hoping to add to his eight world titles and six Olympic gold medals in the final next Saturday on the last day of athletics at the Games.

The Jamaican star is one of the more recognised names in the sport to compete in Glasgow following the withdrawal of Mo Farah.

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Former WWE champion foils burglary attempt

A former WWE wrestling champion managed to catch a burglar who had ransacked his home.

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The burglars may have regretted targeting a former wrestling champion. Credit: PA Wire

Bryan Danielson - better known as Daniel Bryan - was pulling into the entrance of his home in Phoenix when he spotted two suspects running out of the property.

The wrestling star - who is recovering from neck surgery - caught one of the alleged burglars and put him in a choke-hold to subdue him until police arrived.

Both suspects dropped "their loot" when they spotted the athlete returning to his home, Phoenix police said.

EU imposes sanctions on Russian intelligence officials

The EU has imposed sanctions on two senior Russian intelligence officials in the wake of the downing of MH17 in eastern Ukraine, according to Reuters.

Alexander Bortnikov, the head of Russia's FSB security service, and Mikhail Fradhov, chief of the foreign intelligence service, are the targets of the fresh sanctions.

Bortnikov and Fradhov were among 15 Russians or Ukrainians and 18 companies named in the EU's latest sanctions list.

Pro-Russian rebels have been widely blamed for shooting down the Malaysia Airlines airliner which killed all 298 people onboard, while Western leaders have repeatedly accused Russia of backing the separatists.

The US yesterday said it "has indications" that Russia intended to supply more sophisticated weaponry to the rebels.

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Israel confirms 12-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza

Israel has confirmed a 12-hour "humanitarian window" will take place in Gaza from Saturday morning.

But the country's defence forces warned it would respond if "terrorists choose to exploit this time" to attack soldiers or Israeli citizens.

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From 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, there will be a humanitarian window in Gaza. During this time, we'll continue to locate & neutralize terror tunnels

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We will respond if terrorists choose to exploit this time to attack IDF personnel or fire at Israeli civilians.

Read: Hamas agrees to 12-hour pause in Gaza hostilities

Three siblings killed after thieves crash stolen car

Three siblings, who were helping their mother sell fruit to raise money for their local church, have been killed in Philadelphia after carjackers lost control of a stolen vehicle.

The children, aged seven, 10 and 15, were working on a fruit stand in northern Philadelphia when the two suspects mounted the pavement and veered into the family.

Their mother and a family friend, who were also hit, are said to be in a critical condition in hospital, NBC Philadelphia report.

The victim of the carjacking, who was forced on to the backseat of her car at gun point, is also in a critical condition.

Both men escaped on foot sparking a huge manhunt and a $100,000 reward has now been offered to anyone with information that could help trace them.

British man killed in Air Algerie crash named

A British man killed when an Air Algerie flight crashed in northern Mali is understood to be David Morgan, ITV News has learnt.

Prime Minister David Cameron earlier said he was "deeply saddened" by the death of the British national.

At least 118 people died in the disaster, with nearly half of those aboard the flight believed to be French nationals.

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