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Sri Lankan army shells hit hospital

A hospital in Sri Lanka's war zone was hit twice by artillery attacks yesterday, killing at least six civilians.

BBC faces protest for blocking Gaza appeal

Hundreds of protesters are expected to gather outside Broadcasting House in London today after the BBC defended its decision not to broadcast a public appeal to raise funds for Gaza.

Growing concern over Israel's weapons use

Whether from delayed shock or not, Mahmoud Abu Halima was almost dispassionate as he pointed to the hole in the roof made by the artillery shelling which killed his father and burned to death his baby sister and three of his younger brothers. He had been next door and had come running when he heard the first explosion. “I started to go upstairs shouting ‘mama, mama’,”.he said. “But she was already coming down. She was burning. All her clothes were on fire. I put my jacket on her. She told me: ‘go and get your father, he is hurt.”

UN suspends Gaza aid over fears for staff

The UN today halted all aid supplies to Gaza amid a growing row over Israel's treatment of civilians in the area.

Red Cross slams Israel over access to wounded

The international Red Cross accuses Israeli forces today of failing to assist wounded Palestinians and of "unacceptable" delays in letting rescue workers reach a Gaza home where four small children were found alive next to their mothers' bodies.

The IoS Christmas Appeal: Mugabe tightens grip as cholera epidemic grows

With Zimbabwe ravaged by a disease it is ill-equipped to tackle, its President is ignoring last year's deal with the opposition and putting together a new government

Zimbabwe calls for help as cholera overwhelms doctors

Cholera-hit Zimbabwe today declared a national emergency over the collapse of its health care system.

Johann Hari: People are dying because gay men can't give blood

One HIV-positive blood donation will slip through every 5,769 years.

Grand Canyon rescue as dam bursts

Days of heavy rains around the Grand Canyon created flooding that breached an earthen dam Sunday and forced helicopters to pluck scores of residents and campers from the gorge. No injuries were immediately reported.

Handwritten Churchill letter found in drugs raid

Police are trying to trace the owner of a handwritten letter from the wife of Winston Churchill, which was recovered during a drugs raid.

MDC and Zanu-PF call for end to violence in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's main opposition party and Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's party have issued a joint communique condemning violence, according to an opposition spokesman.

Red Cross emblem misused in hostage rescue

Colombia misused the symbol of the International Committee of the Red Cross in this month's military rescue of Ingrid Betancourt, the government said today, admitting a possible violation of the rules of war.

This Weekend's TV: Going Underground – and over the top

7/7: The Angels Of Edgware Road, Sun Channel 4; Last Choir Standing, Sat BBC1

Man gored in Pamplona bulls run

Several people were injured today at the running of the bulls in Pamplona, including an American who was gored in the abdomen. (See picture gallery.)

Burma raises cyclone death toll to 78,000 but true figure much higher

The official total for the dead in Burma's cyclone disaster jumped to 78,000 yesterday, up from 43,000. The new figure was announced by Burmese state television, which said the number of missing had risen from 28,000 to 56,000.

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