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Israel launches airstrike against Hamas in Gaza

Israeli aircraft bombed a Hamas militant base in the Gaza Strip for the first time since the end of a war in the territory, in response to a rocket that militants launched earlier in the day, the army said.

The bombs struck in the Khan Younis area in the southern Gaza Strip. Local hospital officials said there were no casualties.

The militant rocket fired earlier landed in a field in southern Israel and no one was injured.

Woman arrested after eight children killed in Australia

The 37-year-old mother of most of the eight children found dead in a mass stabbing in Australia's tropical northern city of Cairns has been arrested on suspicion of murder, police have confirmed.

Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar said the woman, who was hospitalised on Friday with stab wounds, was lucid and awake and talking to police.

Asnicar said the woman was the mother of seven of the eight children, aged 18 months to 15 years. The eighth child was her niece.

Teacher learned son was dead as she identified staff bodies

A teacher whose son was among the 132 children massacred by the Taliban at a school in Pakistan has told ITV News she learned of his death after being asked to identify the bodies of her colleagues.

Parents have tentatively returned their children to other schools in the area, three days after the killings in Peshawar that shocked the world.

Pakistan has meanwhile executed two convicted militants, the country's first state killings in years, after the government reinstated the death penalty following the massacre that killed 148 people.

ITV News International Affairs Editor Rageh Omaar reports from Peshawar.

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Apple hits back at claims it mistreated Chinese workers

The Chinese factories assemble iPads and iPhones. Credit: Reuters

Apple has hit back at "deeply offensive" claims made by BBC's Panorama that workers were mistreated in Chinese factories.

Undercover reporters allege staff were denied days off, made to work 18 days straight and some were so tired they fell asleep during their 12 hour shifts.

An email sent out by Apple's senior vice president of operations Jeff Williams said: "Nothing could be further from the truth".

It added: "We know of no other company doing as much as Apple to ensure fair and safe working conditions, to discover and investigate problems, to fix and follow through when issues arise, and to provide transparency into the operations of our suppliers."

The factory said it would carefully investigate the BBC's claims before "all necessary actions" were taken.

Taliban 'vow to attack more schools and civilians'

The Taliban ringleader of the Peshawar school massacre has vowed to hit more children and civilian targets in a newly-released video, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Khalifa Omar Mansoor said the group would strike in revenge for Pakistani military operations in the country's Northern Waziristan province, on the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

This is something we cannot accept anymore, and if you continue to target our women and children, then your children will not be safe anymore. We announce that we will not discriminate in our attacks any longer, and will be as unconcerned as you are. I want to tell the Pakistan government, and the directors, teachers and students of the army’s affiliated institutions, that you are the ones strengthening this un-Islamic democratic system.

– Khalifa Omar Mansoor

Queensland premier: We are all shocked by this tragedy

Queensland premier Campbell Newman said he was "deeply saddened and shocked by the tragic events in Cairns today", The Guardian reports.

Indeed, the whole Cairns community and the people of Queensland will feel the effects of this tragedy, particularly at a time of year when families come together.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of those concerned.

– Campbell Newman
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