Security officials in Iraq have said that an attack on a convoy transferring prisoners north of Baghdad killed 52 prisoners and eight soldiers. The attack coincided with Ban Ki-moon's arrival on a diplomatic mission.
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.
US Secretary of State John Kerry says some progress has been made on a potential cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. The UN has meanwhile approved a probe into Israel's Gaza offensive.
The UN Human Rights Council has launched a probe into Israel's Gaza offensive. The high commissioner for human rights has said that Israel's airstrikes and military actions in the Gaza Strip could amount to war crimes.
UN human rights chief Navi Pillay has criticized both Israel and Hamas at an emergency UN session in Geneva. She said the deaths of civilians and children in Gaza suggested Israel might be in breach of international law.
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Israel has condemned a temporary US flight ban to Tel Aviv as rewarding terrorism. Meanwhile, fighting continues to rage in the Gaza Strip as diplomats push for a ceasefire.
More than 10 million people in Syria are in need of assistance. International aid organizations are doing their best to reduce suffering there - but armed opposition groups are hindering their work.
Israel has continued its offensive in the Gaza Strip as it seeks to stop rocket fire from militants. More than 2,000 rockets have been fired into Israel from Gaza.
As Israel continues its ground offensive in Gaza, diplomatic efforts to reach a ceasefire have been stepped up. Both UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State John Kerry were in the region for talks.
Israel has attacked targets in Gaza as the UN chief and the US secretary of state met in Cairo in a bid to reach a ceasefire. A UN agency reports that there is "no safe place for civilians" in Gaza to hide.
More than 50 Turkish police officers have been arrested on suspicions of illegal wiretapping and forming a criminal gang, media reports say. The suspects are part of a corruption probe involving the prime minister.
Israel has said one of its soldiers is missing and presumed dead, according to local media, days after Hamas announced they had captured an Israeli soldier. Meanwhile, Israeli forces continue their bombardment of Gaza.
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