(L-R) Palestinian legislator Mustafa Barghouti, Palestinian Fatah delegation chief Azzam al-Ahmed, Hamas prime minister Gaza Ismail Haniya, Hamas deputy leader Musa Abu Marzuk, and secretary-general of the Palestinian Arab Front Jameel Shehadeh

Palestinians to form unity govt in weeks

20.23 Gaza-based Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organisation have agreed to implement a unity pact, both sides announced in a joint news conference.

Shehnila Taufiq and her three children died in the fire last September

Fatal arson attack targeted wrong house

18.59 An innocent family perished in a blaze at their home when it was mistakenly targeted in a revenge attack following the fatal stabbing of a fitness coach, a court in England has heard.

Tweet produced a flood of images of  alleged police brutality and critical posts

NYPD's twitter campaign backfires

20.35 A campaign by the New York Police Department to improve communication with the public backfired after its Twitter page received thousands of negative tweets.

A Brazilian police special forces member takes position during a violent protest in a favela near Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro

Violent protests in Rio after death of man

18.09 Violent protests have broken out in Rio's landmark beachfront district of Copacabana, following the death of a resident less than two months before Brazil hosts the World Cup.

At least 63 people were killed and 80 were seriously injured in Democratic Republic of Congo's Katanga province

63 killed, 80 injured in Congo train crash

17.28 At least 63 people were killed and 80 were seriously injured in Democratic Republic of Congo's Katanga province when a train speeding too fast round a bend derailed.

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