Germany's top criminal and private court, the Bundesgerichtshof, on Thursday ruled that the state need not compensate relatives of the victims of a 2009 airstrike in Afghanistan called in by a German general.
The strike, against an oil tanker believed to have fallen into insurgent hands, killed around 100 civilians who had gathered around the truck trying to siphon off fuel.
Two survivors of the airstrike had launched legal proceedings against the German state, claiming a...

The Israeli military say their navy has detained a boat bound for Gaza, captained by a woman from Hobart carrying pro-Palestine women activists.

Activist organisation Freedom Flotilla Coalition said the boat was seized in international waters, making this an act of piracy.

The group is calling for Israel to end its blockade of Gaza, which has been in place since 2007.

"At 15:58 (CEST) on October 5, we lost contact again with the Zaytouna-Oliva and presume that the...