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EU ministers consider Russia sanctions over downed MH17

ImageThe EU has threatened to impose tougher sanctions on Russia. The new measures could further damage Russia's economy following the downing of a Malaysian airliner in Ukraine.

Armed Conflict

Israel pounds Gaza as Hamas rocket fire continues

ImageIsrael has continued its offensive in the Gaza Strip as it seeks to stop rocket fire from militants. More than 2,000 rockets have been fired into Israel from Gaza.


Kerry, Ban push Israel and Hamas to accept ceasefire

ImageAs Israel continues its ground offensive in Gaza, diplomatic efforts to reach a ceasefire have been stepped up. Both UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State John Kerry were in the region for talks.


Airlines suspend Tel Aviv flights over safety concerns

Several international airlines including Germany's Lufthansa have announced that they are suspending flights to Tel Aviv for safety reasons. This came after at least one militant rocket reportedly hit near the airport.


Nigeria President Jonathan meets Boko Haram victims

Nigeria’s president has met with parents of kidnapped schoolgirls and their classmates who managed to escape their captors. On April 14, 276 girls aged 12 to 17 were seized in Chibok, a remote corner of Borno state.


German court rules chronic sufferers may grow own pot

A German court has ruled that some chronic-pain sufferers may cultivate their own cannabis. Five people brought the complaint after the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices refused them permission to do so.

Right-Wing Extremism

NSU suspect Zschäpe's bid to dump defense team rejected

The main figure in a trial of suspects accused of a racially motivated killing spree has lost her bid to dump her court-appointed defense lawyers. Beate Zschäpe has been on trial for more than a year.



23.7.1532: Protestants are accorded religious freedom


1899: Gustav Heinemann

Days to remember

1588: Battle of the Armada