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Gaza fighting flares, UN, Israel debate truce
By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Dan Williams GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinian fighters slipped into an Israeli village from the Gaza Strip and fought a gun battle with troops on Monday as an unofficial truce called for the Muslim Eid al-Fitr festival disintegrated. The clash, in which Israeli television said five gunmen were killed and the Islamist Hamas movement said it had killed 10 Israeli soldiers, appeared to wreck international hopes of turning a brief lull in fighting into a longer-term ceasefire. After the infiltration at Nahal Oz, a kibbutz collective village due east of Gaza City, the Israeli army warned thousands of Palestinians to flee their homes in areas around Gaza City. As night fell over Gaza, army flares illuminated the sky and the sound of intense shelling could be heard. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:04:40 -0400
Ukraine claims more territory as fight intensifies with rebels
News ImageBy Gabriela Baczynska and Aleksandar Vasovic KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Ukraine said on Monday its troops had wrested more territory from pro-Russian rebels, advancing towards the site where Malaysian flight MH17 was brought down, which international investigators said they could not reach because of the fighting. Troops recaptured two rebel-held towns near the crash site and were trying to take the village of Snezhnoye, near where Kiev and Washington say rebels fired the surface-to-air missile that shot down the airliner with loss of all 298 on board, Ukrainian officials said. Analysis of black box flight recorders from the airliner showed it was destroyed by shrapnel from a missile blast which caused a "massive explosive decompression", a Ukrainian official said on Monday.
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:14:58 -0400
Huge blaze out of control in Tripoli battle as Libya slides into chaos
News ImageBy Patrick Markey and Aziz El Yaakoubi TRIPOLI (Reuters) - A huge fuel depot in Libya's capital burned out of control on Monday, set ablaze in fighting between rival militias that has driven the country to chaos three years after the NATO-backed revolt that toppled Muammar Gaddafi. Combat over control of the nearby airport forced firefighters to withdraw, abandoning their attempts to extinguish the blaze ignited by a missile strike that hit millions of litres of fuel. Western countries have urged their nationals to leave, shut their embassies and pulled diplomats out, after two weeks of clashes among rival factions of former rebels killed nearly 160 people in Tripoli and the eastern city of Benghazi. The Netherlands, the Philippines and Austria on Monday prepared to evacuate diplomatic staff.
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:01:21 -0400
Police find 15 corpses in Baghdad in bloody start to Muslim Eid holiday
News ImageBy Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi police on Monday found the corpses of 15 people, including three women shot in the head in militia-style killings, a bloody start to the holiday marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, security sources said. Fears have been growing of a relapse to the dark days of sectarian civil war which peaked in 2006-2007 since Sunni militants seized large swathes of the north last month, building on gains by comrades made in the west of Iraq. Iraq's U.S.-trained and funded army unraveled in the face of the lighting advance, and Shi'ite militias now rival government forces in their ability to confront the group formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Baghdad's morgues are filling up once again with victims of sectarian slayings, kidnappings are on the rise and the bloodshed is forcing families to flee abroad or move to neighbourhoods where they feel less threatened.
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:29:58 -0400
Female bombers target Nigeria trade show, petrol station, three dead
News ImageTwo female suicide bombers blew themselves up at a trade show and a petrol station in northern Nigeria's biggest city of Kano on Monday, killing one other person and injuring at least six others, police and a military source said. The other suicide bomber at the petrol station killed herself and another person, the military source said, without giving further details of that blast. They were the latest bomb attacks to hit Kano, the commercial hub of mainly Muslim northern Nigeria, in 24 hours. Also on Sunday, a female suicide bomber killed herself while trying to target police officers.
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:14:08 -0400
U.S., Afghanistan fail to track U.S.-supplied small arms: watchdog
The U.S. government has failed to effectively track many of the more than 465,000 light weapons it has supplied to Afghanistan's army and police, creating the risk that machine guns and other small arms could fall into insurgent hands, a U.S. watchdog said on Monday. A report from the office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), an independent U.S. government watchdog, found that multiple databases maintained by the U.S. government often had missing or duplicate information about weapons provided to Afghan forces. SIGAR said its investigation into weapons oversight found even more serious problems in the Afghan government's system for keeping track of small arms once it receives them. Afghanistan is expected to reduce the size of its police and army from about 335,000 today to around 228,000 by 2017. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:56:28 -0400
Correction: Tour de France story
PARIS (AP) In a story July 27 about the Tour de France, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of years it's been since cyclist Marco Pantani died. He died 10 years ago. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:13:44 -0400
Defense: US suppressed evidence in Blackwater
News ImageWASHINGTON (AP) Lawyers for Blackwater security guards said Monday that the government has suppressed evidence favorable to defendants who are on trial in the killings of 14 Iraqis in Nisoor Square in Baghdad.
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:13:20 -0400
ICC investigating Ali's Gaza wristbands
News ImageEngland cricketer Moeen Ali risked disciplinary action after the International Cricket Council (ICC) said they were "investigating" his decision to wear wristbands in support of Gaza during the third Test match against India on Monday. Ali wore wristbands that read "Save Gaza" and "Free Palestine", while batting during England's first innings at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:12:50 -0400
Obama: Female oppression crippling parts of Africa
News ImageWASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama spoke out Monday against gender oppression in Africa that he said is "crippling" parts of the continent, urging young leaders there to empower women and eliminate traditions like female genital mutilation and violence against women.
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:09:39 -0400
3 female suicide bomber kill several in Nigeria
KANO, Nigeria (AP) A woman blew herself up at a petrol station in northern Nigeria on Monday, killing three people in one of three suicide bombings by females in Kano in two days, police said. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:09:31 -0400
Bell, Ballance pile on runs against India in third Test
News ImageIan Bell ended his century drought in style after Gary Ballance made his Test-best score as England piled on the runs against India in the third Test at Southampton on Monday. Bell made 167 and Ballance 156 before Test debutant Jos Buttler rode his luck to make 85 as England captain Alastair Cook declared on 569 for seven. India then saw struggling opener Shikhar Dhawan caught by Cook at first slip off James Anderson for six.
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:09:12 -0400
Israeli PM speaks of 'prolonged' campaign in Gaza
News ImageGAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that Israel must be ready for a "prolonged" military operation in the Gaza Strip and will "act aggressively and responsibly" until the mission is completed.
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:09:06 -0400
US stocks flip between slight gains and losses
News ImageNEW YORK (AP) Major stock market indexes drifted between slight gains and losses Monday afternoon, as traders prepare for a week full of reports on the economy and corporate profits.
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:06:36 -0400
Top Asian News at 6:00 p.m. GMT
BEIJING (AP) Hundreds of police took down a church's cross Monday in a city known as "China's Jerusalem" for its many houses of worship amid a crackdown on church buildings in a coastal region where thousands of people are embracing Christianity. Evangelist Qu Linuo said he and about 200 others had rushed to the Longgang Huai En Church in the eastern city of Wenzhou to protect the building but peacefully made way for the police, who used a crane to remove the 3-meter-tall (10-foot-tall) red cross from its steeple. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:03:10 -0400
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