Israeli security forces on duty at the separation barrier in the village of Bilin, near the West Bank city of Ramallah last week

Israel claims West Bank land for settlement

21.56 Israel has announced a land appropriation in the occupied West Bank that an anti-settlement group termed the biggest in 30 years, drawing Palestinian condemnation and a rebuke from the US.

The Italian Navy's Scirocco ship lands in Naples with 323 migrants of various nationalities aboard

4,000 migrants rescued by Italian navy

22.03 The Italian Navy released video footage today showing one of their busiest ever weekends where they assisted nearly 4,000 migrants who were found crowded on boats off the Italian coast.

Firefighters comb through the rubble looking for survivors

Death toll in Paris building blast rises to six

23.02 Six people have been confirmed dead after an explosion ripped through an apartment building outside Paris, reducing half a residential block to rubble, emergency services said this morning.

A displaced Iraqi woman walks through the Bahrka refugee camp

At least 1,420 killed in Iraq last month

16.38 Violence in Iraq has left at least 1,420 people dead during the month of August as Iraqi forces fought to regain areas overrun by jihadist-led militants, the United Nations has said.

The volcano system has been hit by thousands of earthquakes over the last two weeks (Pic: @uni_iceland)

Icelandic volcano still spouting lava, but no ash

20.24 A fissure eruption near Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano was still spouting lava today, but no ash, a day after an eruption that briefly caused the country to raise its ash alert level for aviation to its highest level.

Vladimir Putin was quoted as saying the lawful interests of his people must be protected

Putin calls for talks on eastern Ukraine

31 Aug Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for immediate talks on the "statehood" of southern and eastern Ukraine, although his spokesman said this did not mean Russia endorsed calls for independence for separatist-held territory.

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