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A surge of bloodshed in Gaza has left eight Palestinian children dead, claimed four lives in Israel and dashed hopes for peace.
Earlier this month, ISIS gave Mosul’s Christians few options: convert to Islam, pay a religious tax, leave - or face death.
US President Barack Obama has put to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the need for an immediate and sustainable ceasefire in Gaza.
The Israeli army concedes it fired an errant mortar round into a UN shelter in Gaza last week but says no one was killed as a result.
As a temporary ceasefire between the Israelis and Hamas in Gaza crumbles, Obama has stressed the need for a "permanent cessation".
At least 38 people have been killed in clashes between Libyan government troops and Islamist militants in the city of Benghazi.

Jihadists seize Syria army base

Jihadists in Syria have displayed the bodies of decapitated soldiers, with a monitoring group saying more than 85 soldiers had been killed in Raqa.

Gazans dig dead from rubble

Desperate Gaza residents ventured out during a brief truce only to be met with death and destruction on a scale that reduced men to tears.

British hostage set free in Yemen

A British teacher who has been held hostage in Yemen for six months has been released with the assistance of the government in Sanaa.
Hamas says it has fired a number of rockets despite the extension of a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, as the Palestinian death toll climbs past 1000.
The Israeli cabinet has agreed to a UN request to prolong its humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza until 0700 Monday AEST.
Palestinian militant group Hamas announces a 24-hour ceasefire after Israel ended an earlier truce.
Jihadists have destroyed the Prophet Seth shrine in Mosul, the de-facto Iraqi capital of the "caliphate" declared last month by Islamic State's leader.
Diplomats from the US, France, Britain, Germany, Italy, Qatar, Turkey and the EU are meeting in Paris as a "humanitarian" truce in Gaza takes hold.
Palestinian security officials say Israeli troops have shot dead two Palestinian teenagers as the protesters' death toll escalates.
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Correction: World News July 2, 2014

On the 2 July, SBS World News inaccurately referred to the deceased British Television personality, Jimmy Savile, as a convicted paedophile.