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Summary

  1. We are trying out a new format for our news coverage. This is a test live page.
  2. Four people have been killed in an axe attack at a Jerusalem synagogue
  3. Japan's PM Shinzo Abe calls snap election in December
  4. The number of terrorist attacks and deaths from terrorism rose sharply in 2013

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

That concludes our live page trial for today.

Japan PM calls snap election

(Despatch)

Rupert Wingfield-Hayes

BBC News, Tokyo

Japan's Prime Minister has been in power less than two years. His party has solid majorities in both houses of parliament. So why is he now dissolving parliament and calling a snap election? Mr Abe says he wants a new mandate from the Japanese people to push ahead with even more ambitious economic reform. His attempts to drag Japan out of economic stagnation have so far failed. On Monday Japan fell back in to recession. So he wants to spend even more, and delay any new tax rises. But there is another reason for calling an election now. This month Mr Abe's popularity fell below 50 per cent. In another year from now he may face a very tough battle to get re-elected. Better to go early while he is still almost certainly to win another majority.

Jerusalem attack

(BBC Material)

Yolande Knell

BBC News, Jerusalem

Claim of responsibility for synagogue attack The Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, the military wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine has claimed responsibility for this morning's synagogue attack in Jerusalem in a statement. The PFLP, is a far-left-wing Palestinian nationalist group. It remains one of the main Palestinian factions. Its militants have been behind many previous attacks on Israelis.

Jerusalem attack

Ros Atkins

Outside Source Presenter

A chance to ask @BowenBBC about the Jerusalem synagogue attack. Jeremy will be live on @BBCOS on @bbcworldservice. Questions welcome.

Japan PM calls snap election

@BBCBreaking

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he is dissolving parliament and

calling an early election

Jerusalem attack

Quentin Sommerville

BBC News, Jerusalem

tweets: They were mopping up the blood as we arrived. "They shot them in the back", an eyewitness tells us.

Steep rise in terrorism deaths

A blaze engulfs a car at the scene of an explosion in the Shiite Muslim Al-Amin district of Baghdad, 8 December 2013
AFP

The number of deaths from terrorism

increased by 61% between 2012 and 2013, a study into international terrorism says.

Ros Atkins

Outside Source Presenter

tweets: Terrorism deaths up 61% in a year. @BBCOS is collecting stories of how terrorism affects people's day-to-day lives. Wld you share yours?

'We heard a flurry of shots'

Video

At least four Israelis have been killed and eight injured when two men with a pistol, knives and axes attacked a West Jerusalem synagogue, according to police. The attackers - Palestinians from East Jerusalem - were shot dead.

One man who was praying upstairs at the time of the attack said he heard, "one shot, two shots and then a flurry of shots".

Worshippers outside synagogue that was attacked
BBC

'Chaotic scenes' after Jerusalem attack

Video

At least four Israelis have been killed and eight injured in an attack at a West Jerusalem synagogue. Two men armed with a pistol, axes and knives carried out the attack in the Har Nof neighbourhood during prayers. The attackers, who Israeli police say were Palestinians from East Jerusalem, were shot dead.

The BBC's Yolande Knell in Jerusalem said that there were chaotic scenes in the aftermath of the attack.

An injured man is taken to hospital
EPA

Dan Roan

BBC sports editor

tweets: Breaking: Ofcom has opened an investigation into how the Premier League sells live UK audio-visual media rights for matches

Welcome

Welcome to our live international coverage of the top stories on Tuesday, 18 November.