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Shocked by the state of institutions, the Harry Potter author wants children moved into family care
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Israel-Gaza conflict: More than a million people around the world take to the streets to protest at the horrific carnage unfolding in Gaza

Tens of thousands of demonstrators in London marched from the Israeli embassy in Kensington to Downing Street. Others protested in dozens of cities around the UK, including Birmingham, Cardiff and Edinburgh, as Palestinian officials announced the death toll had passed 1,000
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Israel-Gaza conflict: Israel rejects Kerry ceasefire as it tries to crush Hamas

Even as the cabinet met, Hamas fired rockets at the southern city of Ashdod and Israeli troops continued their ground operation in Gaza

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Israel-Gaza conflict: 'We told you to evacuate the school,' says Israel. 'No you didn’t,' says UN

16 died and 200 were wounded in the attack on Thursday at the shelter in Beit Hanoun

Demonstrators march through the streets from outside the Israeli embassy in central London on July 26, 2014, calling for an end to violence in Gaza.

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Only 15 per cent of the UK supports Israel's offensive. Are the rest anti-Semites?

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There’s something very odd about our reactions to these two outrageous death tolls

Benjamin Netanyahu (right) and Philip Hammond at the press conference in Jerusalem yesterday

Israel-Gaza conflict: Israelis pound Gaza ‘at full force’ despite demands for ceasefire

US Secretary of State, John Kerry, said the deadly incident at a UN school 'underscores the need to end the violence'

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Former Mayor of New York blasts CNN presenter for "insulting America" by asking if the FAA ban was introduced for political reasons

Bill Clinton greets conference attendees at the International Aids Conference in Melbourne

'Aids-free generation' is within our reach, Bill Clinton tells international summit

Ex-President also uses Aids 2014 Conference in Melbourne to condemn downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 which saw six researchers and activists killed

Michael Bloomberg: 'No way, no how' will he run for President

US bans Israel flights: Michael Bloomberg defies ban and flies to Tel Aviv

The former NY mayor and media mogul called on US aviation authorities to lift the ban immediately after handing a 'victory to Hamas' by halting flights to Israel

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Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Russia votes for independent investigation into downing of jet in UN Security Council

Moscow faces repeated and sometimes harsh criticism for its perceived failure to force separatists to allow access to the site

In a joint statement EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javas Zarif, said “tangible progress” had been made on “some of the issues“.

US set to unblock $2.8bn in frozen Iranian assets as reward for cooperation

Nuclear talks extended for 'credible prospect' of deal

A woman crosses herself amid flowers and candles outside the Dutch Embassy in Kiev yesterday

Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Russia pledges full co-operation as experts arrive at Ukraine crash site

The world community heaped pressure on Moscow today as evidence mounted that pro-Russian separatists were responsible for shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over Ukraine.

Earlier the Council stood in silence in tribute to the victims of the crash

Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Obama - 'We’re going to make sure that truth gets out'

The UN Security Council earlier issued a joint statement calling for an 'independent, international investigation' of the crash

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Claims of rape and child abduction included in allegations against diplomatic staff based at embassies in Britain, official data reveals

The data showed that 14 foreign diplomats faced allegations of crimes last year

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