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US denies transcript of phone call between Netanyahu and Obama

A White House official has moved to deny the contents of a transcript of a conversation said to have taken place between Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama.

In the alleged conversation, translated from a Hebrew transcription by Irael’s Channel 1, it is claimed that Obama said: "I demand that Israel agrees to an immediate, unilateral ceasefire and halt all offensive activities, in particular airstrikes." According to the Times of Israel, Netanyahu appears to have replied that "Hamas broke all five previous ceasefires."

But a White House Deputy National Security Advisor denied the claims in a tweet:

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This "transcript of POTUS-PM call" report is totally false

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Obama: Sanctions have already made Russia 'weaker'

US President Barracks Obama said a new round of sanctions will continue to ratchet up the pressure on Russia.

President Obama said sanctions had made the Russian economy weaker.
President Obama said sanctions had made the Russian economy weaker. Credit: ITV News

The US leader said existing sanctions have already made the Russian economy even weaker.

He added: "If Russia continues on this current path, the costs on Russia will continue to grow."

Hamas military wing leader: 'No cease fire until demands are met'

The leader of the Hamas military wing has said in an audio recording that his group will not cease fire until its demands are met. Mohammed Deif's comments were broadcast on Al-Aqsa TV, the satellite station of Hamas.

...there is not going to be a cease-fire as long as the demands of our people are not fulfilled.

– Mohammed Deif

Hamas has demanded that Israel and Egypt lift a border blockade they imposed on Gaza after Hamas seized the territory in 2007. Deif's voice was recognisable in the audio statement. The Al-Aqsa station also broadcast a videotape it said showed an infiltration by Hamas fighters into Israel on Monday through a border tunnel.

EU sanctions meant as a 'strong warning' to Russia

European Union sanctions against Russia were meant as a "strong warning" that Russia's actions in Ukraine, according to Europe's top two officials.

In a joint statement the president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said: "The European Union will fulfill its obligations to protect and ensure the security of its citizens. And the European Union will stand by its neighbours and partners."

The measures will shut major state-owned Russian banks out of European capital markets and target the defence sector and sensitive technologies, including oil. But they will exclude the vital gas sector, on which Europe is heavily dependent.

Barroso and Van Rompuy also warned that they would bring "heavy costs" to Russia's economy.

Apart from agreeing on the economic measures, ambassadors also signed off on a new list of Putin's associates and companies that will face asset freezes and visa bans under previous measures.

Eight more officials including four members of the Russian leader's inner circle, are also expected to be added the current list of 87.

The sanctions will initially last a year but will be reviewed after three months on Oct. 31 to determine their impact on Moscow's behaviour, diplomats said

The EU does more than 10 times as much trade with Russia as the United States.

US expands sanctions against Russia

The US expanded the list Russian businesses to be subjected to sanctions because Moscow's support for separatists in Eastern Ukraine, the US Treasury Department said.

Almost all the largest banks with state ownership of over 50 percent were affected, including the Bank of Moscow and the Russian Agriculture Bank.

The sanctions limits the dealings US citizens and companies can have with them.

Sanctions have also been imposed on a shipbuilding company based in St. Petersburg. Any assets held in the US have been frozen and American companies have been prohibited from dealing with them.

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Dead child's body discovered in US Air Force plane

The body of a dead child has been discovered in wheel well of a US Air Force plane that landed in Germany, NBC News reported.

A child's body was discovered in a US Air Force C-130 similar to this one
A child's body was discovered in a US Air Force C-130, similar to this one. Credit: Reuters

It is believed that the youngster climbed aboard the C-130 Hercules transporter in Mali, but the flight made several stops before coming to its final destination at the Ramstein Air Base.

A senior American official told the station that the body, which was not visible during a routine safety inspection, was discovered during a post-mission maintenance check on Sunday.

German authorities have taken charge of the investigation and autopsy because the body is not American. The US military is also investigating how he got into the wheel well in what appears to be a serious security breach.

Cries for revenge in Gaza as Israeli attacks intensify

Power remains off for the inhabitants of Gaza this evening, ahead of what is expected to be another night of attacks from the Israeli military.

More than 100 Palestinians, mostly civilians, died in attacks today according to health officials, after Israel intensified its bombardment last night after 10 Israeli soldiers died in cross border attacks yesterday.

As the death toll continues to rise, there are impassioned pleas for revenge, as Dan Rivers reports from Gaza.

Read: I'd glimpsed into hell then airstrikes came closer

Sierra Leone's top Ebola doctor dies from the virus

A doctor credited with treating more than 100 patients in Sierra Leone's fight against the Ebola outbreak has died after contracting virus himself, the country's chief medical officer said.

Sheik Umar Khan was credited with treating more than 100 Ebola patients.
Sheik Umar Khan was credited with treating more than 100 Ebola patients. Credit: Reuters

Sheik Umar Khan was infected this month and had been moved to a treatment ward run by medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres in the far north of the country.

But Brima Kargbo said today that Umar Khan had passed away.

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