Smoke rises after an Israeli airstrike in Al Shejaeiya neighbourhood during a military operation in eastern Gaza City

Israeli actions 'could amount to war crimes'

12.00 The United Nations human rights commissioner Navi Pillay has opened an emergency UN debate on Gaza saying there is a "strong possibility" that Israel is violating law in Gaza, which could amount to war crimes.

Western leaders have complained that rebels have been tampering with vital evidence at the site

Monitors say body parts remain at MH17 crash site

22 Jul International monitors this evening said body parts still lay scattered at eastern Ukraine's unsecured crash site of downed flight MH17, as Dutch experts said they were given 80 fewer corpses than promised by the rebels.

A young boy holds a sign during a demonstration in front of the French Embassy in Kiev

EU plans further sanctions on Russians

22 Jul The European Union has threatened Russia with harsher sanctions over Ukraine that could inflict wider damage on its economy following the downing of a Malaysian airliner, but it delayed action for a few days.

A Palestinian child shouts after Israeli forces shelled her house in Gaza City

Fresh Israeli strikes raise Gaza death toll to 600

22 Jul Israeli strikes have killed at least 13 women and children in Gaza, bringing the death toll to over 600, medics said, as the Israeli army announced the deaths of two more soldiers in the two-week conflict.

Mourners carry four bodies from the Al Astal family during their funeral in Khanyounis refugee camp

More than 100,000 Palestinians displaced in Gaza

21 Jul The UN agency for Palestinian refugees said this evening the number of people seeking refuge at its sites in Gaza to escape a two-week-old Israeli offensive on the enclave has soared to more than 100,000.

Ukraine has ruled out a ceasefire or negotiations before pro-Russian separatists give up their arms

Five killed in Donetsk fighting

21 Jul Fighting broke out near the railway station at the heart of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk in what separatists said was an attempt by government forces to seize back the east Ukrainian city.

Angela Merkel called on Russia to work towards a political solution

Putin and Merkel call for truce in Ukraine

18 Jul Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for a ceasefire between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian government forces fighting in eastern Ukraine to allow for negotiations.

Pakistani soldiers patrol during a military operation against Taliban militants

At least 50 killed in US, Pakistan strikes

16 Jul The Pakistani military has said its jets killed 35 suspected militants as part of an anti-Taliban offensive hours after US drones attacked another area nearby and killed up to 20 people.

The ceremony for the swearing in for Bashar al-Assad was broadcast on State TV

Syria's Assad sworn in for new seven-year term

16 Jul Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been sworn in and set out his plans for a new seven-year term, after his victory in an election that affirmed his grip on power more than three years into Syria's civil war.

A suicide car bomber has killed at least 89 people in a crowded market

89 killed in Afghanistan suicide attack

15 Jul A suicide car bomber has killed 89 people in a crowded market in Afghanistan's eastern province of Paktika, in one of the most violent attacks in the country in a year.

Israel and Hamas have exchanged hundreds of air strikes and rocket attacks

Israel to intensify offensive against Hamas

15 Jul Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said Israel will intensify its offensive against Hamas in Gaza after an Egyptian truce plan failed to end eight days of cross-border fire.