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Vote condemning Hamas for firing rockets into Israel fails at UN

A US-sponsored resolution condemning militant group Hamas for firing rockets into Israel has failed to pass at the UN General Assembly.

The resolution won a majority of 87 to 57, with 33 abstentions, but did not reach the required two-thirds backing.

US envoy Nikki Haley had said adoption would right a “historic wrong” as the UN has not passed such a condemnation.

Rescue mission in Japan after ‘mishap’ involving two Marine aircraft

A search and rescue operation is under way in Japan after an incident involving two US Marine Corps aircraft.

The planes involved are a KC-130 and an F/A-18 based at Iwakuni near Hiroshima and were carrying seven personnel, Marines officials said.

One survivor has been rescued by Japanese search teams but the six others remain missing.

Bulandshahr: Why a policeman was killed over ‘cow slaughter’

A police officer in northern India was killed trying to calm a mob angered by reports that cows, regarded by Hindus as holy, had been slaughtered in the area. BBC Hindi’s Nitin Srivastava reports from Bulandshahr in the state of Uttar Pradesh, where the incident happened.

It was sometime after 10:00 local time (04:30 GMT) on Monday when Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh sat in his official vehicle and asked the driver to make the SUV “fly”. The driver, Ram Asrey, drove as fast as he could.

Matthew Hedges: Academic ‘psychologically tortured’ in UAE jail

The British academic jailed for spying in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has told how he endured “psychological torture”.

Matthew Hedges, 31, said he was forced to stand “all day” in ankle cuffs, suffered panic attacks and had suicidal thoughts.

Mr Hedges, who denies being a spy, told the BBC he only confessed to being a captain in MI6 to stop the “torture”.

Russia will build missiles if US leaves treaty, Putin warns

Russia will develop missiles banned under a Cold War agreement if the US exits the pact, President Vladimir Putin has warned.

His comments follow Nato’s accusation on Tuesday that Russia has already broken the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

‘Disgrace’ as Africa deportees not contacted

Campaigners have accused the UK’s Home Office of a lack of “decency” after it emerged “no specific attempt” had been made to approach 49 people deported to Ghana and Nigeria in 2017.

They were deported before the Windrush scandal erupted – which revealed people from Commonwealth countries who had legally lived in Britain for decades were wrongly classed as illegal immigrants and deported.

A Ugandan woman tortured to death in Oman

The family of Mariam Nakibuuka, 41, have been left in anguish after she died from suspected torture at the hands of the people who took her out of Uganda to Oman, Middle East.

This adds to the increasing cases of Ugandans being tortured and dying in the Middle East over the years.

The relatives say they were informed on Wednesday that Nakibuuka had died on Monday.

Indian woman arrested for marrying ’17-year-old’

Police in the Indian city of Mumbai have arrested a 20-year-old woman for marrying a 17-year-old boy.

The woman and the couple’s five-month-old daughter have been in prison for the past fortnight

Ukraine bars Russian men aged 16-60 from entry

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Ukraine will not allow Russian men aged 16-60 into the country following the imposition of martial law, Kiev says.

An exception would be made for “humanitarian cases” such as those travelling to funerals

Georgia elects Salome Zurabishvili as first woman president

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Salome Zurabishvili has won Georgia’s presidential election, becoming the first woman to hold the office.

With nearly all votes counted, the French-born ex-diplomat had 59% of the vote with rival Grigol Vashadze on 40%.

Ukraine-Russia sea clash: Poroshenko urges Nato to send ships

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has urged Nato to send ships to the Sea of Azov following a naval confrontation with Russia off Crimea.

Taliban kills 4 US soldiers in Ghazni roadside bombing

The Taliban claimed credit for a roadside bombing near Ghazni City that killed four US soldiers and wounded three more, in addition to an American contractor who was accompanying the convoy.

10,000 Iran-trained Syrian soldiers posted on Israel border

Two new Syrian military divisions, trained and led by officers of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard special forces, the Al-Quds Forces, have been mobilized on Syria’s borders, i24NEWS could reveal on Monday night.

China defends holding fugitive businessman’s US children

Chinese officials have defended their decision to bar three US citizens from leaving the country, saying they are suspected of “economic crimes”.

John Allen Chau: ‘Incredibly dangerous’ to retrieve body from North Sentinel

Indian officials should abandon efforts to retrieve the body of an American missionary reportedly killed by an endangered tribe in the Andaman and Nicobar islands, a rights group says.

Russia-Ukraine tensions rise after Kerch Strait ship capture

Ukraine’s parliament is to decide whether to bring in martial law, after the capture of three of its naval vessels by Russia.

The three ships were sailing off the coast of Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in 2014