Suicide bombers and gunmen mounted an attack on a security convoy that was transferring convicts from a prison north of Baghdad, police said Thursday, sparking fierce clashes with security forces that left at least 60 dead.
Two foreign women were shot and killed by unknown gunmen while riding in a taxi in the western Afghan city of Herat on Thursday, local officials said. The attack came the same day that a market bombing in Afghanistan's north killed six people.
Arizona inmate Joseph Wood reportedly gasped over 600 times before succumbing to a lethal injection on Wednesday, adding yet another flawed execution to a recent series that has raised questions about the death penalty in the United States.
Israel faced new political and economic pressures to halt its offensive in the Gaza Strip, as foreign airlines extended their flight suspension to Tel Aviv and US Secretary of State John Kerry held talks with both Israeli and Palestinian leaders.
Pro-Palestinian protesters took to the streets of Paris once more on Wednesday to march against Israel's military assault on the Gaza Strip, the first authorised demonstration since a July 13 rally ended in clashes.
There is a "strong possibility" that both sides in the Israeli-Gaza conflict have violated international humanitarian law and could be guilty of war crimes, the UN's top human rights official warned Wednesday.
US Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Tel Aviv on Wednesday in a bid to negotiate a ceasefire in Gaza. Kerry is due to hold talks later in the day with UN chief Ban Ki-moon in Jerusalem and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.
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