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12-hour humanitarian truce in Gaza
Israel and Hamas have begun a 12-hour humanitarian truce in Gaza.

Algerian airline disappears from radar, search on missing aircraft
Air navigation services lost track of the MD-83 about 50 minutes after takeoff from Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, Wednesday evening, the official Algerian news agency APS said.

Rebels hand over flight data recorders
The handover came hours after the UN Security Council voted unanimously to demand immediate international access to the crash site.

Kerry heads to Mideast in bid for cease-fire
Kerry would leave early Monday for Egypt where he will join diplomatic efforts to resume a truce that had been agreed to in November 2012.

US sharpens criticism of Hamas, urges cease-fire
Kerry said Israel has a right to defend itself against frequent rocket attacks by Hamas from the Gaza Strip. He accused Hamas of attempting to sedate and kidnap Israelis through a network of tunnels.

Iraqi PM condemns jihadis' targeting of Christians
The comments from Nouri al-Maliki come a day after the expiration of a deadline imposed by the Islamic State calling on Christians in the militant-held city of Mosul to convert to Islam, pay a tax.

Rebels take full control of plane crash bodies in Ukraine
International monitors say armed rebels have limited their access to the crash site and Ukrainian officials said armed rebels took the bodies away from their workers by force.

Ukraine accuses rebels of destroying evidence at Malaysia Airlines crash site
Itís also been reported that for a second day, monitors from the Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) who visited the crash site, had their movements restricted by militiamen.

UPDATE: Malaysian plane carrying 295 people 'shot' down
Anton Gerashenko, an adviser to Ukraine's Interior Minister, said on his Facebook page that the plane was flying at an altitude of 10,000 meters (33,000 feet) when it was hit by a missile.

Israel urges Palestinians to leave Gaza amid air strikes
An Egyptian truce initiative yesterday failed to halt rocket attacks on Israel by Hamas militants and other groups.

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