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Bodies, black boxes handed over from Ukraine crash site
News ImageThe remains of some of the nearly 300 victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over Ukraine were making their way to the Netherlands on Tuesday as a senior Ukrainian separatist leader handed over the plane's black boxes to Malaysian experts.
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 01:48:15 -0400
Israel keeps up Gaza assaults, Kerry presses for truce
News ImageBy Nidal al-Mughrabi and Maayan Lubell GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli forces killed 10 Palestinians on Tuesday, maintaining its huge offensive against the Gaza Strip as diplomatic pressure mounted to end the worst violence in five years between Islamist Hamas and Israel. Plumes of dark black smoke rose into the sky above Gaza, and shells continued to rain down on the coastal enclave, while Hamas and its allies fired 11 rockets across the border into southern Israel, the army said. With the conflict entering its third week, the Palestinian death toll rose to almost 550, including nearly 100 children and many other civilians, Gaza health officials said. The Israeli military said it had killed 183 militants.
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:52:31 -0400
Ten killed in air strike north of Baghdad
News ImageThe attack targeted the town of Hawija, 230 km (140 miles) from the capital, which is controlled by Sunni Muslim insurgents from the Islamic State and other groups opposed to Iraq's Shi'ite-led government. Hawija has also seen infighting between the insurgents, with jihadist Islamic State fighters clashing in June with the Naqshbandi militants, made up of former army officers as well as loyalists of Saddam Hussein's former ruling Baath party. The army, backed by Shi'ite Muslim militias and volunteer fighters, has been trying to push back the Sunni insurgents since they took over the northern city of Mosul on June 10 and swept south towards the capital. Further north, the Islamic State has been consolidating its control, driving Christians out of the city of Mosul with a weekend ultimatum to either convert to Islam, pay a religious levy to the hardline Islamists, or face death by the sword.
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:13:59 -0400
Indonesia's likely loser in presidential race tries to delay result
News ImageBy Jonathan Thatcher and Dennys Kapa JAKARTA (Reuters) - The likely loser in Indonesia's presidential race made a last-gasp attempt to delay the announcement of the official election results on Tuesday, expected to declare Jakarta Governor Joko "Jokowi" Widodo as the nation's next leader. Most private tallies show Jokowi beat former special forces chief Prabowo Subianto by about five percentage points. He is expected to challenge the vote in the Constitutional Court, though experts say such an appeal is unlikely to succeed. Both sides have claimed victory in the closest presidential election ever in the nation with the world's biggest Muslim community.
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 01:11:53 -0400
Three foreign advisers killed near Kabul airport
A Taliban suicide bomber detonated himself on Tuesday outside Kabul International Airport, killing three foreign advisers and an Afghan interpreter, police said. The nationalities of the foreign advisers were not immediately clear. A Taliban spokesman, Zabihulllah Mujahid, claimed responsibility for Tuesday's attack. Kabul airport is home to a major operational base for NATO-led forces that have been fighting the Taliban for 12 years. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:17:32 -0400
China's secretive military cracks open door for glimpse inside
News ImageBy Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - With dancing robots and smiling soldiers and to the strains of British singer George Michael, China cracked open the door on its secretive armed forces on Tuesday during Beijing's annual attempt to assuage worries about its growing military might. China has jangled regional nerves over the past few months with an increasing assertiveness over territorial disputes in the East and South China Seas, set against the backdrop of rising defense spending. I think the People's Liberation Army's development is in line with China's overall development," base commander Xu Hang told reporters. "In China soldiers get respect and now my dream has come true." The base, though, exists for a more serious purpose -- to train up and coming officers for leadership with a specific focus on tanks.
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 03:08:06 -0400
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PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) Cambodian political rivals say agreement reached to end yearlong political deadlock. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 03:16:23 -0400
German foreign minister calls for sharper sanctions on Russia
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier called for harsher European sanctions against Russia on Tuesday, saying diplomatic dialogue was not enough to pressure Moscow over Ukraine. "I say we remain open to defusing the situation with all political and diplomatic means but it will be necessary to accompany this willingness with higher pressure, which also means sharper measures," he told reporters ahead of a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels. ... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 03:15:05 -0400
Nets director talks up Russian exhibitions
MOSCOW (AP) Brooklyn Nets director Sergei Kushchenko is talking up the chances of the NBA club playing pre-season exhibitions against teams from the Russia-based VTB United League. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 03:14:31 -0400
World pushes for truce as Israel batters Gaza
News ImageThe UN chief and Washington's top diplomat were in Cairo on Tuesday to push for an end to two weeks of violence in Gaza that has killed 583 Palestinians. As the conflict entered its 15th day, neither side showed any sign of willingness to end the violence, with Israel pursuing a relentless campaign of shelling and airstrikes, and militants hitting back with rocket fire and fierce attacks on troops operating on the ground. Gaza medics say the dead include many women and children, while in Israel, 27 of the 29 victims were soldiers killed since the ground assault began late on July 17. World powers have urged Hamas to accept an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire and stop raining rockets into Israel from the Gaza Strip, demands it has so far resisted.
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 03:11:24 -0400
Widodo leads as Indonesia set to declare president
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) Nearly complete results in Indonesia's presidential elections showed Jakarta governor Joko Widodo leading with 52 percent of the vote. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 03:10:39 -0400
Israeli aircraft hit more than 70 targets in Gaza
News ImageGAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) Israeli airstrikes pummeled a wide range of targets in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday as the U.N. chief and the U.S. secretary of state began an intensive effort to end more than two weeks of fighting that has killed at least 570 Palestinians and 29 Israelis.
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 03:07:11 -0400
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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 03:06:11 -0400
Protesters at Russian embassy in KL seek justice
News ImageKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Protesters marched on the Russian embassy in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, waving placards and demanding justice for the victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight that was shot down over Ukraine last week.
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 03:05:46 -0400
Cameroon villagers live in terror of Nigeria's Boko Haram
News ImageIn the villages that line the border with Nigeria, even those charged with protecting Cameroonians from Boko Haram fighters fear the fall of darkness. The Nigeria-born Islamist group has stepped up raids into northern Cameroon in recent days, murdering and stealing with impunity despite military efforts to clamp down on their bloody insurgency. On Sunday local police said one of their officers was killed during an attack on the village of Nariki, 500 metres from Boko Haram's Nigerian stronghold of Tarmoa, adding to scores of deaths from raids on local towns this month. The militants have long used Cameroon to launch attacks on Nigeria as the border between them is extremely porous, with no buffer-zone clearly separating the two countries.
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 03:04:24 -0400
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