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BBC World News

Gaza truce fails as Israeli 'seized'
Israeli forces search for a soldier believed captured and 53 Gazans are killed in fighting that ended a short-lived humanitarian truce in Gaza.
Ebola spreading too fast - WHO
The Ebola outbreak is spreading faster than efforts to control it, the head of the World Health Organization tells West African leaders.
Obama defends under-fire CIA director
President Barack Obama has defended CIA Director John Brennan and acknowledged the US tortured prisoners after 9/11.
MH17 crash team finds human remains
A team of 70 Dutch and Australian forensic experts finds human remains at the site of the flight MH17 crash in east Ukraine as fighting continues.
US economy adds 209,000 jobs in July
The US economy added 209,000 jobs in July, latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data reveal, adding to optimism that the recovery continues apace.
Uganda court annuls anti-gay law
Uganda's Constitutional Court annuls a tough anti-gay law that had drawn widespread criticism by Western governments and human rights activists.
Police 'chokehold' caused NYC death
A medical examiner has ruled that a police officer's "chokehold" caused the death of a man in New York.
'Nine militants killed' in Xinjiang
Nine militants are shot dead by police and one captured in the restive Chinese region of Xinjiang, the Xinhua news agency reports.
Held GSK detective visited by son
The son of a private investigator linked to a GlaxoSmithKline corruption investigation in China has been allowed to visit his father.
Republican revolt kills border bill
Bills aimed at dealing with the crush of undocumented children streaming over the US border fail in Congress, as it prepares for its summer recess.
Germany's Kohl keeps historic tapes
German ex-Chancellor Helmut Kohl wins a bitter legal battle to keep 200 tapes recording his political life.
Sassoon war diaries published online
Twenty-three journals belonging to the war poet Siegfried Sassoon, many written in the trenches, are being published online for the first time.
VIDEO: Rare contact with remote Amazon tribe
A group of previously isolated indigenous people from the Amazon has come face to face with a settled community of villagers for the first time in the Brazilian state of Acre, according to authorities.
VIDEO: Last of the scissor makers
Eric Stones has been making scissors by hand for 58 years.
VIDEO: Multiple Taiwan gas blasts kill 25
Taiwan gas blasts in Kaohsiung kill at least 24
VIDEO: One-minute World News
Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day.
VIDEO: New York's 21st Century artisans
Members of the "millennial generation" are finding ways build businesses selling items that are handmade.
VIDEO: Poodling along in the gymnasium
A new gymnasium exclusively for dogs has opened up in Alexandria, Virginia.
VIDEO: Axe crashes through windscreen
A car passenger had a lucky escape after an axe flew off the back of a lorry and through the windscreen of the vehicle travelling behind it.
VIDEO: Immersive cinema: Is this the future?
Newsnight reports on the growing popularity of immersive entertainment.

Yahoo World News

Gaza truce over, Israel soldier captured, 70 dead in Rafah shelling
By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Jeffrey Heller GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel declared a Gaza ceasefire over on Friday, saying Hamas militants breached the truce soon after it took effect and apparently captured an Israeli officer while killing two other soldiers. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called his security cabinet into special session and publicly warned Hamas and other militant groups they would "bear the consequences of their actions". The 72-hour break announced by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was the most ambitious attempt so far to end more than three weeks of fighting, driven by mounting international alarm over a rising Palestinian civilian death toll. U.S. President Barack Obama called for the Israeli soldier's unconditional release and said that after the day's events it would be tough to reinstate a truce.
Experts recover human remains at Ukraine crash site despite new fighting

Members of a group of international experts inspect wreckage at the site where the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed, near the village of HraboveBy Natalia Zinets and Gabriela Baczynska KIEV (Reuters) - International experts found the remains of more victims of the downed Malaysian airliner in east Ukraine on Friday but fighting nearby between government forces and pro-Russian rebels renewed security concerns around the wreckage. Roads had for days been too dangerous to use because of heavy fighting, frustrating efforts to recover all the victims' remains and push ahead with an investigation. They will... be brought back to the Netherlands for identification," Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in the Netherlands. "The security situation at the site is unstable and unpredictable." In the latest clashes, separatist forces killed at least 10 Ukrainian paratroopers in an ambush after midnight near Shakhtarsk, one of the closest towns to the wreckage site, the Ukrainian military said.

Doubts surface about India's Modi after trade deal scuppered

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry meets with Indian PM Modi at the Prime Minister's residence in New DelhiBy Sanjeev Miglani and Rajesh Kumar Singh NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to office with a reputation as a business-friendly leader ready to open up one of the world's biggest markets and sweep away the remnants of the country's socialist past. Now potential investors, some of them foreign firms hoping to exploit new opportunities in India's vast consumer market, are scratching their heads after Modi's party walked away from a major deal to reform customs rules and make global trade easier. India shocked trade officials by rejecting the agreement at the 160-member World Trade Organization, one of the group's biggest initiatives since it was set up 19 years ago. New Delhi has since said it did not believe the pact was dead, but insisted that, alongside the so-called trade facilitation agreement, the WTO must find a deal allowing India to subsidize and stockpile food in order to protect the poor.

North Korea accuses U.N. Security Council of double standards

Ri Tong-il, spokesman for North Korean Foreign Minister Park Ui-chun speaks with media during the sidelines of the 17th ASEAN Regional Forum in HanoiBy Mirjam Donath UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - North Korea accused the United Nations Security Council on Friday of double standards by condemning Pyongyang's recent ballistic missiles launches while ignoring "provocative" joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea. The normally reclusive state held its fourth news conference at the United Nations this year to push for an emergency Security Council meeting on the military exercises, which Pyongyang routinely denounces as preparation for war. North Korea's Deputy U.N. Ambassador Ri Tong Il said Pyongyang wrote to the 15-member council, of which the United States and South Korea are members, on July 21 to request the body take up the issue.

African leaders agree steps to fight runaway Ebola outbreak

Sierra Leonean President Koroma, Liberian President Sirleaf and Guinean President Conde speak during a conference on the Ebola virus in ConakryBy Saliou Samb CONAKRY (Reuters) - West African leaders agreed on Friday to take stronger measures to try to bring the worst outbreak of Ebola under control and prevent it spreading outside the region, including steps to isolate rural communities ravaged by the disease. The World Health Organization and medical charity Medicins Sans Frontieres said on Friday the outbreak, which has killed 729 people in four West African countries, was out of control and more resources were urgently needed to deal with it. WHO chief Margaret Chan told a meeting of the presidents of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone - the countries worst affected - that the epidemic was outpacing efforts to contain it and warned of catastrophic consequences in lost lives and economic disruption if the situation were allowed to deteriorate. "The presidents recognize the serious nature of the Ebola outbreak in their countries," Chan said after the meeting.

Argentina debt talks must continue after default: U.S. Judge

Attorney Carmine Boccuzzi, lead lawyer representing Argentina in its ongoing debt talks, arrives at federal court for a hearing in New YorkBy Joseph Ax, Nicholas Brown and Richard Lough NEW YORK/BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina cannot turn its back on negotiations with holdout creditors after defaulting on its sovereign debt, a U.S. judge instructed on Friday, just as the country's failure to service a June interest payment was declared a "credit event." In a stern tone, U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa in New York slammed the decision by Latin America's third biggest economy to defy his order that it pay in full holdout investors suing it and instead default on $29 billion in debt. As Griesa was speaking, a 15-member committee facilitated by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) voted unanimously to call the missed coupon payment a "credit event." The move triggers a payout process for holders of insurance on Argentine debt, which analysts estimate could amount to roughly $1 billion. Griesa said, "Nothing that has happened this week has removed the necessity of working out a settlement." He chided Argentina for making public statements he characterized as misleading.

Protesters in Libya's Benghazi march against militias

Fighters from the Benghazi Shura Council gesture on top of a tank in BenghaziBy Feras Bosalum and Ahmed Elumami BENGHAZI Libya (Reuters) - Two thousand people took to the streets of Benghazi on Friday to protest against Islamist militants and former rebel militias who have been fighting armed forces and taken over an important military base in the eastern Libyan city. The heavy clashes in Benghazi and the capital Tripoli over the past two weeks have been the worst since the 2011 fall of Muammar Gaddafi, killing more than 200 people and forcing most Western governments to pull their diplomats out of the North African state. Fierce fighting among rival factions in the country's two major cities also underscores Libya's fragile control over the heavily armed brigades of former anti-Gaddafi rebel fighters and militias who refuse to disband. The Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council, an alliance formed by former rebels and Islamist militants from Ansar al-Sharia, which Washington classifies as a terrorist organization, have forced the army to pull out of Benghazi.

Republicans revive U.S. border security bills to speed deportations

Speaker of the House Boehner arrives for a Republican caucus meeting at the Capitol in WashingtonBy David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives sought to patch over another deep rift and pass revised border security legislation on Friday, hoping to persuade voters they are acting to tackle the growing crisis over child migrants from Central America. Tougher language in the twin bills would make it easier to deport migrant children, add money to deploy National Guard troops at the border with Mexico and largely reverse President Barack Obama's policy of deferring action against minors brought to the United States illegally by their parents. The changes were intended to satisfy conservative House Republican lawmakers who withdrew their support on Thursday amid a revolt instigated by Senator Ted Cruz, the Tea Party firebrand from Texas.

Investigators probe whether ferry killed humpback whale in Alaska
By Steve Quinn JUNEAU Ala. (Reuters) - Authorities in Alaska are investigating whether a state ferry killed a 30-foot (9-meter), 25-ton (22.6-tonne) humpback whale in a collision near Kodiak Island, or whether the giant mammal was already dead when it was struck, officials said on Friday. Kate Wynne, a marine mammal specialist for the University of Alaska Sea Grant Program, said there was no doubt the whale died from being hit by a sea-going vessel.
Obama, Putin discuss Ukraine, missile treaty

Russia's President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, on July 4, 2014WASHINGTON (AP) — Capping a week of aggressive action against Russia, President Barack Obama pressed Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday for a diplomatic path out of Ukraine's struggle with Moscow-backed pro-Russian separatists. Putin countered by calling U.S. and European economic sanctions against Russia counterproductive.

Obama chides Putin on Ukraine rebels as experts work at MH17 site
US President Barack Obama told Russia's leader Friday of his "deep concerns" about Moscow's increased support for separatists in Ukraine as international experts finally gathered more remains at the downed MH17 flight's crash site. In a telephone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin Obama also expressed "his preference for a diplomatic solution to the crisis," the White House said. Separately, the Kremlin said the two leaders had agreed that the current standoff in Ukraine -- where pro-Russian rebels are battling government forces -- was "not in the interest of either country." The tragedy of the Malaysia Airlines plane which was downed two weeks ago killing all 298 people on board has again focused world attention on the conflict in Ukraine.
Microsoft sues Samsung in royalty dispute
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft said Friday it is suing Samsung for threatening to stop paying Microsoft royalties for patents behind the Android operating system.
British ambassador quits Tripoli as fighting spreads

Britain's Ambassador to Libya, Michael Aron, arrives at Mitiga International Airport on June 10, 2014London (AFP) - Britain's ambassador to Libya said Friday he had "reluctantly" decided to leave the embassy in Tripoli due to local fighting, as the security situation deteriorates.

China bladder trade sending porpoise to extinction

FILE - In this undated file photo released by Proyecto Vaquita, a porpoise lies dead on a beach at the Gulf of California. An environmental panel says in a report released Friday August 1, 2014, that fewer than 100 of Mexico’s vaquita marina porpoises are left and they are in imminent danger of extinction. (AP Photo/Proyecto Vaquita, O.Vidal, File)MEXICO CITY (AP) — Gillnet fishing in the upper Sea of Cortez has pushed the vaquita marina, the world's smallest porpoise, to the brink of extinction, according to an environmental report published Friday which states fewer than 100 of them are believed left.

Top Asian News at 10:00 p.m. GMT
KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) — Hundreds of people who fled from gas pipeline explosions in Taiwan's second-largest city returned to their homes Friday after authorities said there was no more risk of blasts like the series that ripped apart streets overnight, killing 26 people and injuring 267. With clean-up work underway in the 2-square kilometer (1-square mile) area, investigators were turning to the task of determining the cause of the blasts, the industrial city's worst such disaster in 16 years.
Moody's upgrades Greece's credit rating
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Moody's ratings agency late Friday upgraded Greece's government bond rating, predicting a gradual decline of its massive national debt.
2 trains collide in Germany, passengers hurt
BERLIN (AP) — Two cars of a train tipped over following a collision late Friday near a station in southwestern Germany, authorities said, injuring a number of passengers.
Residents running away from war in eastern Ukraine

People drive their car showing a sign reading "children" as they leave their home on July 28, 2014 in DonetskAt a rebel checkpoint in war-torn eastern Ukraine, camouflaged gunmen on a deserted road hurriedly wave through cars with hand-written signs reading "children" taped to their windscreens. The former engineering student said those fleeing came from the towns in northeastern Ukraine currently experiencing the most deadly bombardments and shortages as government troops close in on pro-Russian rebels. "Yesterday a bus drove past here from Shakhtarsk.

Obama says will be hard to get a new ceasefire in Gaza
By Steve Holland and Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Friday that it will be difficult to achieve a ceasefire in Gaza after the latest truce fell apart but he strongly defended Secretary of State John Kerry for his failed diplomatic drive. Obama's comment at a White House news conference suggested the limited impact that diplomacy is having as Israel tries to dismantle Hamas tunnel networks in Gaza and the Palestinian militants fight back. Three civilians have been killed by Palestinian rockets in Israel.
Israeli troops kill two Palestinians in West Bank clashes: medics
Israeli forces killed two Palestinians in clashes in the occupied West Bank on Friday, Palestinian medical officials said. The violence erupted when a few thousand Palestinians took to the street to protest Israel's military operation in the Gaza Strip. An Israeli military spokeswoman said troops shot one man in the city of Tulkarm after violence got out of control, with protesters throwing stones and gasoline bombs at soldiers. Fighting flared between Israel and militant groups in Gaza again on Friday after a three-day truce collapsed shortly after taking effect.

BBC Sports News

Fragapane wins historic fourth gold
Gymnast Claudia Fragapane becomes the first Englishwoman to win four golds at a single Commonwealth Games since 1930.
Bolt helps Jamaica reach 4x100m final

Daley and Denny win diving silver

Lampard set for Man City loan move
Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard is set to join Manchester City on a loan deal from New York City FC.
Sharp overcomes illness to win silver
Scot Lynsey Sharp wins silver in the women's 800m - just hours after being on a hospital drip following a bout of sickness.
Anderson and Jadeja found not guilty

Vermaelen may leave Arsenal - Wenger

Suarez biting appeal set for 8 August
Luis Suarez's appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over a four-month ban for biting is set to be heard on 8 August.
I let my supporters down - Jamieson

Purvis wins gold on parallel bars
Scotland's Dan Purvis collects Commonwealth Games gold in the men's parallel bars, his third medal in Glasgow.
Twelve home nations boxers in finals
Twelve home nations boxers are guaranteed at least a silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
England win shootout to reach final
England beat New Zealand in a penalty shootout to set up a women's hockey final against Australia on Saturday.
England's Lewis wins pole vault gold
England's Steve Lewis wins gold in the pole vault as four other English athletes also win medals on day nine in Glasgow.
Double gold for Scotland in bowls
Scotland's gold medal in the lawn bowls fours is followed by singles victory for Darren Burnett.
Leeds Rhinos 14-20 Bradford Bulls
Lee Gaskell scores a late try to help relegated Bradford to a memorable victory against Super League high-flyers Leeds.
Williams aiming for second - Massa
Williams could finish second in this year's Formula 1 constructors' championship, says Felipe Massa.
England 65-3 Samoa
England women run in 10 tries as they open their World Cup campaign with a thumping win over 14-woman Samoa in France.
Newcastle hopeful of Ferreyra deal
Manager Alan Pardew hopes Newcastle United can complete a loan deal for Shakhtar Donetsk striker Facundo Ferreyra.
Wales fail in McGoldrick appeal bid
Wales' appeal following Sean McGoldrick's defeat to Michael Conlan in the Commonwealth Games bantamweight semi-final is declined.
Ebola-fear athletes seek longer stay
Up to 30 Commonwealth Games athletes from Sierra Leone are considering extending their stay in Glasgow amid fears over the Ebola virus.

BBC Americas News

Police 'chokehold' caused NYC death
A medical examiner has ruled that a police officer's "chokehold" caused the death of a man in New York.
US Ebola victims to be evacuated
Efforts are underway to evacuate two American aid workers infected with the deadly Ebola virus from Liberia, their organisation says.
Obama defends under-fire CIA director
President Barack Obama has defended CIA Director John Brennan and acknowledged the US tortured prisoners after 9/11.
Republicans inch towards border deal
Republicans in the House of Representatives are trying to agree on a bill dealing with the flood of undocumented children streaming over the US border.
Eric Cantor resigns from Congress
Eric Cantor, the number-two leader in the US House of Representatives says he will resign from Congress, weeks after his defeat in a party primary.
US economy adds 209,000 jobs in July
The US economy added 209,000 jobs in July, latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data reveal, adding to optimism that the recovery continues apace.
Talks delay Met Opera staff lockout
The Metropolitan Opera in New York says it has avoided an immediate staff lockout in last-minute negotiations with unions.
US ex-governor's wife 'sought gifts'
The star witness in the corruption trial of Virginia ex-governor Bob McDonnell says the ex-first lady sought gifts in return for business help.
Memo reveals response to CIA 'abuse'
A still-secret Senate report on CIA enhanced interrogations "tells a story of which no American is proud", a leaked White House memo states.
Police urged to carry drugs antidote
US Attorney General Eric Holder has urged federal law enforcement agencies to equip some of their officers with the heroin overdose antidote Naloxone.
Make-up 'godfather' Dick Smith dies
Oscar-winning make-up artist Dick Smith, who memorably transformed Marlon Brando into Vito Corleone in The Godfather, has died aged 92.
Argentina blames US for debt default
Argentina blames the US for its default, calling the mediator in debt negotiations which ended in failure "incompetent".
VIDEO: Israeli envoy to US defends shelling
The US has said the shelling of a UN shelter in Gaza is "totally unacceptable and totally indefensible" as fighting between the Israeli military and Hamas continues.
VIDEO: New York's 21st Century artisans
Members of the "millennial generation" are finding ways build businesses selling items that are handmade.
VIDEO: How US Customs combats drug trade
A tour of the postal facility in Los Angeles where US Customs try to halt the flow of illegal drugs coming into and out of the US.
VIDEO: Poodling along in the gymnasium
A new gymnasium exclusively for dogs has opened up in Alexandria, Virginia.
VIDEO: Near miss on Indiana train bridge
Two women had a narrow escape when they were nearly hit by a freight train on a bridge in Monroe County, Indiana.
VIDEO: Axe crashes through windscreen
A car passenger had a lucky escape after an axe flew off the back of a lorry and through the windscreen of the vehicle travelling behind it.
AUDIO: Why actors want to be in video games
BBC Click presenter Marc Cieslak discusses the growing number of actors starring in video games.
AUDIO: Meet the Tough Mudder founder
Tough Mudder founder Will Dean explains the appeal of the endurance event.

Current Forecast for Leesburg

CLOUDY Friday, 1 August 2014
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