ISRAELI Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing international alarm over a rising civilian death toll in Gaza, has promised he will not accept any ceasefire that stops Israel completing the destruction of militants' infiltration tunnels.
AN Australian airline has apologised after an attendant gave passengers who might have been flying high a warning there were drug-sniffer dogs awaiting them at Sydney Airport - prompting a rush for the toilets.
ISRAELI shelling has killed at least 19 Palestinians sheltering in a school in Gaza's biggest refugee camp, the UN said, as Egyptian mediators prepared a revised proposal to try to halt more than three weeks of fighting.
INTENSE fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine has killed dozens of civilians, soldiers and rebels, as Kiev pressed on with an offensive near the wreckage of Malaysian flight MH17.
THOUSANDS of protesters took to the streets as President Benigno Aquino called on the nation to support his reforms as he faced the biggest political crisis in his four years in power in the Philippines.
UKRAINE has said its troops have wrested more territory from pro-Russian rebels, advancing towards the site where Malaysian flight MH17 was brought down and which international investigators said they could not reach because of the fighting.
THE wreck of the Costa Concordia arrived yesterday off the northern Italian city of Genoa where it will be broken up for scrap, two-and-a-half years after the cruise liner ran aground and sank near the Tuscan island of Giglio, killing 32 people.
FIGHTING around the site of the Malaysian airliner downed in Ukraine prevented a visit by foreign experts yesterday, although Malaysia said separatists had agreed to let in international police and investigators to the site.
At least 36 people were killed in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi, many of them civilians, in clashes between Libyan Special Forces and Islamist militants on Saturday night and yesterday morning, medical and security sources said.