The US Pentagon is to announce it will lift a ban on women serving in frontline combat. The policy change will open up thousands of jobs to women who have been kept out from frontline positions and elite commandos.
UN humanitarian undersecretary Valerie Amos has demanded a halt to the violence in Gaza, saying "so many children" are among the more than 700 Palestinians killed. Israel says the toll among its troops has risen to 32.
Israel has launched a series of fresh airstrikes in Gaza, killing several people. The latest attacks come as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State John Kerry attempt to strike a ceasefire deal.
Israeli troops are pushing on with a ground offensive that has seen the Gaza death toll soar. As the prime minister orders a "significantly" wider campaign, the UN chief is due to fly to the region in a push for peace.
Japan's Cabinet has approved a reinterpretation of the constitution that permits the military to defend an ally and commit troops to combat missions overseas, but critics warn the move undermines the nation's basic law.
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