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Kerry, Ban push Israel and Hamas to accept ceasefire

ImageAs Israel continues its ground offensive in Gaza, diplomatic efforts to reach as 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.


Widodo wins Indonesian presidency as rival withdraws

ImageIndonesia's election commission has announced Joko Widodo as winner of this month's presidential polls. Hours before the finalized results, rival runner Prabowo Subianto withdrew from the race, claiming electoral fraud.


More than 50 Turkish police arrested in corruption probe

ImageMore than 50 Turkish police officers have been arrested on suspicions of illegal wiretapping and forming a criminal gang, media reports say. The suspects are part of a corruption probe involving the prime minister.

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.


Suicide blast near Kabul airport

An explosion near Kabul International Airport has killed four people, including three foreign advisers. Police said a counter-narcotics department was the target. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.


South Korean police find body of billionaire sought over ferry disaster

South Korean police say they have found the corpse of the billionaire businessman sought in connection with a deadly ferry accident. In April, at least 294 people died when the ferry capsized off South Korea's coast.


Prokon creditors to decide future of German wind farm group

Shareholders in insolvent German wind farm operator Prokon have gathered to choose between two restructuring plans at one of the biggest shareholder meetings ever in German corporate history.



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