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Palestinians decide to join ICC

Palestinians decide to join ICCPalestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has signed documents necessary for joining international organisations including the International Criminal Court (ICC) at a meeting in Ramallah.

President Abbas signed the documents on Wednesday, a day after a UN Security Council failed to pass a resolution that had aimed to set a deadline for Israel to end its occupation of territories sought by the Palestinians.


Four deaths on a Gaza Beach: The images unseen

Four deaths on a Gaza beachFreelance photographer Lazar Simeonov watched from his Gaza apartment window on the afternoon July 16 as three Israeli shells struck a shack at the edge of a beach where seven young boys played. When the dust settled, four of them — all members of the Bakr extended family — lay dead, apparently victims of a mistake by the Israeli military on the ninth day of its Operation Protective Edge in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

Simeonov and a number of other foreign journalists staying nearby ran to the beach. He was horrified by the scene he found there: Four children lay dead on the sand and nearby dock, their lifeless bodies torn apart by the blasts.


Witness confirms cover-up of Mexico army slayings

Mexico army slayingsWhen the witness refused to sign a false statement that 22 suspected drug gang members had died in a shootout with the Mexican army, state investigators began to kick her in the ribs, she said. They put a bag over her head, plunged her face into a toilet bowl and beat her so hard that, six months later, she still has trouble with her hearing and eyesight.

"As they were hitting me ... they told me they could make even the mute talk," said the woman, one of three witnesses known to have survived a June 30 mass killing by the Mexican army.


Italy saves 970 migrants abandoned by smugglers

Blue Sky migrantsThe Italian Coast Guard rescued 970 migrants Wednesday after smugglers put their cargo ship on automatic pilot heading straight for a crash into the Italian coast and abandoned the command.

The Coast Guard officials said the migrants, most believed to be Syrians and including many children and pregnant women, arrived safely in Gallipoli, in Italy's southeastern Puglia region, before dawn Wednesday. More than 100 migrants were treated for hypothermia.


U.N. Security Council Rejects Palestinian Statehood Resolution

UN Security CouncilThe U.N. Security Council failed to pass a Palestinian draft resolution that called for, among other things, an end to the Israeli occupation by late 2017. The proposal faced strong U.S. opposition, which threatened to veto the measure if it passed.

The measure needed support from at least nine of the 15 members of the Security Council for it to be adopted. It received eight "yes" votes and two "no" notes. Five countries abstained.


Nine dead in connected scenes in north and south Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan

9 dead in CanadaNine people have been killed at three separate but linked crime scenes in Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan, numerous sources say. Some of the victims are believed to be children.

We are Livestreaming the police press conference at 3p.m. A replay of a previous Livestream will display until then. Scroll down for full coverage of this story.


Wreckage, bodies reveal jet's fate days after it disappeared

wreckage of airbusFamily members of those aboard AirAsia Flight 8501 collapsed in agony Tuesday as images of debris and a bloated body flashed across Indonesian television screens, proof that the plane crashed into the sea two days earlier with 162 people on board.

The low-cost carrier vanished Sunday halfway through a two-hour flight between Surabaya, Indonesia and Singapore after encountering storm clouds, sparking an international hunt with dozens of planes, ships and helicopters.


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