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world Iraq MPs elect Massoum as president

Iraqi parliament elects Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum as the country's next president, succeeding Jalal Talabani.

9 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Food Standards Agency launches inquiry into poultry industry standards

Agency will investigate whether vets and inspectors have acted correctly, after Guardian uncovered catalogue of hygiene failings Revealed: the dirty secret of the UK's poultry industry How chicken spreads campylobacter

10 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Iraqi Christians in Mosul told by Isis to convert to Islam or be executed

Thousands of Christians flee largest city in northern Iraq after Isis gives stark choice: convert, pay a religious tax, or face death Continue reading...

11 minutes ago // BBC

world Marine protected areas to be set up

A network of 30 marine protected areas is to be established around Scotland's coastline to protect marine species and their habitats.

15 minutes ago // Sky News

world Passenger Jet Carrying 116 Vanishes From Radar

A plane thought to be carrying "many" French passengers disappears while flying from Burkina Faso to Algeria.

16 minutes ago // BBC

world VIDEO: New twist in Banksy mural saga

There are questions over the ownership of the Banksy Spy Booth mural in Cheltenham, as Steve Knibbs reports.

17 minutes ago // BBC

world Iraq MPs elect Massoum as president

Iraqi parliament elects Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum as country's next president, succeeding Jalal Talabani.

18 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world Air Algerie Flight Reported Missing

An Air Algerie airplane traveling from Burkina Faso to Algiers with 110 passengers and six crew members on board was reported missing by Algeria's state news agency and the plane's operator.

22 minutes ago // The Washington Post

world Intense battles continue in eastern Ukraine; Australia to send police to guard crash site

DONETSK, Ukraine Intense fighting continued Thursday in eastern Ukraine, a day after separatists fighting the Kiev government claimed responsibility for shooting down two warplanes near where a passenger airliner crashed last week after being struck by a missile. Read full articl

23 minutes ago // The Independent

world Israel-Gaza conflict: UN warns of dire humanitarian crisis in Gaza as reports reveal one child dying every hour in fighting

The UNs humanitarian chief has described the situation in Gaza as dire, as the organisation revealed that one child has been killed every hour in the conflict for the past three days.

24 minutes ago // Reuters

world Russian court finds Putin foes guilty of inciting mass riots

MOSCOW Reuters - A Russian court found two protest leaders guilty of inciting mass riots on Thursday in a case that the opposition sees as part of a clampdown on President Vladimir Putin's foes while all eyes are on Ukraine.

25 minutes ago // Reuters

world U.N. panel tells Japan to compensate 'comfort women'

GENEVA Reuters - A United Nations human rights agency is calling on Japan to guarantee independent investigations of wartime sex slavery and provide a public apology and compensation to the women who were victims.

27 minutes ago // ABC

world Iraqi Lawmakers Name Moderate Kurdish Politician Fouad Massoum as Next President.

Iraqi lawmakers name moderate Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum as next president.

27 minutes ago // Reuters

world U.N. rights body criticizes Ireland on abortion, church homes

DUBLIN Reuters - A United Nations human rights panel has told Ireland it should revise its highly restrictive abortion laws and that allegations of abuse of women and children at Catholic-run homes must be better investigated.

27 minutes ago // The Independent

world Hackers demand ransom after stealing personal data from European Central Bank

Hackers have attacked the European Central Bank ECB, stealing personal data including emails addresses and contact data from the organizations public website.

28 minutes ago // USA Today

world Gaza fighting rages amid Cease-Fire efforts

Israeli tanks and warplanes bombarded the Gaza Strip on Thursday, as Hamas militants stuck to their demand for the lifting of an Israeli and Egyptian blockade in the face of U.S. efforts to reach a cease-fire. July 24  

29 minutes ago // USA Today

world Raw: Families travel to Taiwan plane crash site

Family members of victims of a plane crash were flying on Thursday to the small Taiwanese island where the plane had unsuccessfully attempted to land in stormy weather, killing 48 people. July 24  

29 minutes ago // Reuters

world European court says CIA ran secret jail in a Polish forest

WARSAW Reuters - The CIA ran a secret jail on Polish soil, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday, piling pressure on Poland, one of Washington's closest allies, to break its long silence about the global programme for detaining al Qaeda suspects.

30 minutes ago // BBC

world Met investigated 18 justice campaigns

The Met Police collected information on 18 justice campaigns - including Stephen Lawrence's - a report into a now defunct undercover unit says.

30 minutes ago // Sky News

world Iraq Prisoner Bus Attack: At Least 60 Killed

Blasts from the attack in Taji, 25km north of Baghdad, are so loud they can be heard in parts of the capital.

30 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Joseph Wood: Arizona murderer dies almost two hours after execution begins

Convicted killer 'gasped and snorted' as officials attempted to execute him, as lawyers filed an emergency motion to halt the process Witness to an Arizona execution: Joseph Wood's 660 gasps Continue reading...

34 minutes ago // Sky News

world Passenger Jet Carrying 116 Vanishes From Radar

A plane thought to be carrying "many" French passengers disappears while flying from Burkina Faso to Algeria in West Africa.

34 minutes ago // Reuters

world Attack on bus in Iraq kills 52 prisoners, nine police

BAGHDAD Reuters - A shooting and bombing attack on a bus near Baghdad killed 52 prisoners and nine policemen on Thursday, Ministry of Justice sources said, as politicians faced pressure to form a power-sharing government that can tackle a Sunni insurgency.

34 minutes ago // ABC

world Troubled Myanmar State Invites Back Aid Groups

Troubled Myanmar state invites international aid groups to return after mobs disrupted work

35 minutes ago // Fox News

world Troubled Myanmar state invites international aid groups to return after mobs disrupted work

Authorities in Myanmar's Rakhine state say international aid organizations are welcome to return to the area they left in April after Buddhist mobs disrupted their work helping displaced Rohingya Muslims.

35 minutes ago // BBC

world A&E units miss 12-hour wait targets

The 12-hour waiting time target for Northern Ireland A&E units was breached more than 700 times between April and June, according to the latest figures.

35 minutes ago // Newsvine

world Children 12 and under are fastest growing group of unaccompanied minors at U.S. border

Even though the growth is higher among younger children, the bulk of unaccompanied children caught at the border remain teenagers. In fiscal year 2013, nine-in-ten minors apprehended at the border were teens. This share has dropped as the number of younger children making the dan …

36 minutes ago // BBC

world Hacking reporter spared prison

Ex-News of the World and Sunday Mirror journalist Dan Evans is sentenced to a 10-month jail sentence, suspended for a year at the Old Bailey, after admitting charges including phone hacking.

36 minutes ago // USA Today

world Air Algerie plane carrying 116 disappears from radar

The owner of missing plane operated by Air Algerie says 110 passengers and 6 crew were aboard.  

36 minutes ago // Reuters

world Chinese police arrest man after nursing home patients castrated

BEIJING Reuters - Police in China have arrested a man on suspicion of castrating or partially castrating four patients at a nursing home, state media said on Thursday, the latest scandal to hit the country's medical sector.

38 minutes ago // BBC

world Fewer young smokers and drinkers

Smoking, drinking and drug use among secondary school pupils have more than halved over the past 10 years, figures show.

40 minutes ago // NPR

world Gaza Conflict Day 17: Here's What You Need To Know

For the first time since Tuesday, the Federal Aviation Administration is allowing flights to Israel. The death toll in Gaza has now surpassed 700.

40 minutes ago // BBC

world Met 'probed 18 justice campaigns'

The Met Police collected information on 18 justice campaigns - including Stephen Lawrence's - a report into a now defunct undercover unit says.

40 minutes ago // BBC

world Man Utd 'not balanced' - Van Gaal

New Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says his squad is imbalanced, despite beating LA Galaxy 7-0 on Wednesday.

41 minutes ago // MSNBC

world Thursday's Top 6 News Stories

From questions into the execution of an Arizona inmate to a missing Algerian plane over Africa, see the stories we're following.

44 minutes ago // The Independent

world Israel-Gaza conflict: Maccabi Haifa football match against Lille abandoned after pro-Palestine protesters storm pitch

Austria's Chancellor has condemned a violent pitch invasion by pro-Palestinian protesters during a football match involving one of Israel's top teams.