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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.
Ukraine claims more territory as fight intensifies with rebels
By 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.
Huge blaze out of control in Tripoli battle as Libya slides into chaos
By 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.
Police find 15 corpses in Baghdad in bloody start to Muslim Eid holiday
By 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.
Female bombers target Nigeria trade show, petrol station, three dead
Two 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.
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.
Total sells S.African coal assets to Exxaro for $472mn
French oil giant Total on Monday said it had inked a deal to sell its South African coal assets to mining company Exxaro Resources for $472 million (350 million euros). Exxaro is South Africa's second-largest coal producer, with seven coal mines that produce about 40 million tonnes annually. Last year Total Coal South Africa (TCSA) sold some 4.5 million tonnes of thermal coal, mainly to Asian markets, making it the fifth-largest producer in the country. "This sale is part of the group's 2012-14 asset sale program and is in line with Total's objectives to focus on its core activities," the president of Total's gas and power division, Philippe Sauquet, said in a statement.
Beijing, Chicago architects to design Lucas Museum
CHICAGO (AP) — Architects from Beijing and Chicago will design George Lucas' new museum to be built along Chicago's lakefront.
Pilots of Air Algerie jet asked to turn back: France
France said Monday the pilots of the Air Algerie passenger plane that crashed in Mali, killing all 118 people on board, had asked to turn back in a new development to a complex probe into the tragedy. "What we know for sure is that the weather was bad that night, that the plane crew had asked to change route then to turn back before all contact was lost," Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters in his latest briefing about last week's disaster. Speaking hours after the black box flight recorders of the McDonnell Douglas 83 jet arrived in Paris from Mali to help investigators, Fabius said air crash experts currently on the remote desert site of the accident were working in "extremely difficult conditions". More than 20 French experts from the country's Bureau of Investigations and Analyses (BEA), which probes air accidents, as well as specialist police forces were on site in Mali's barren Gossi area where the plane came down, he said.
Israel must be ready for long Gaza campaign: Netanyahu
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday Israelis must be ready for a long military campaign in Gaza, after mortar fire from the enclave killed four people in the Jewish state. "We must be prepared for a lengthy campaign," Netanyahu said in a speech broadcast live, soon after the news of the shelling of the Eshkol region that also reportedly wounded at least 12 people. "Israeli citizens cannot live with the threat from rockets and from death tunnels -- death from above and from below," he said. Israel began a major air campaign in Gaza on July 8 to wipe out rocket fire, expanding it with a ground operation on July 17 with the aim of destroying the tunnels.
UN takes aim at Islamist oil grab in Syria, Iraq
The UN Security Council on Monday backed a Russian initiative to bar trade in oil with Islamists in Iraq and Syria. The 15-nation Council warned in a joint statement that buying oil from groups such as the Islamic State and Jabhat Al-Nusra fighting in Iraq and Syria could lead to sanctions. Moscow's Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said he was pleased with the stance, saying it was a "reminder" from the top world body that "this amounts to a very serious transgression" of UN resolutions.
EU leaders, Obama agree Russia must face further sanctions
Britain, Italy, France, Germany and the United States agreed that Russia should face further sanctions over its role in the Ukraine crisis, the British government said in a statement on Monday following a phone call between the Western leaders. "The latest information from the region suggests that even since (Malaysia Airlines flight) MH17 was shot down, Russia continues to transfer weapons across the border and to provide practical support to the separatists," the statement, issued by Prime Minister David Cameron's office, said. "Leaders agreed that the international community should therefore impose further costs on Russia and specifically that ambassadors from across the EU should agree a strong package of sectoral sanctions as swiftly as possible." (Reporting by William James;
Gaza doctors save baby from her dead mother's womb
When the doctors gently pulled the tiny newborn from her mother's womb in an emergency Caesarian section, the woman had already been dead for an hour. Twenty-three-year-old Shayma al-Sheikh Qanan was eight months pregnant when an Israeli tank shell hit her home in the central Gaza Strip town of Deir al-Balah, reducing it to rubble. Doctors performed an immediate Caesarian section and saved the baby, who was named after her late mother. For 43-year-old Mirfat Qanan, it was a tragedy to lose her daughter, but she was delighted at becoming a grandmother for the first time.
Kate, Wills add royal flair to Commonwealth Games
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — The second in line to the British throne visited the Commonwealth Games on Monday, and he brought along a few of his relatives.
Obama: World needs 'prosperous and self-reliant Africa'
US President Barack Obama warned Monday that the future stability of the world depends on African nations achieving prosperity and self-reliance, in an address to youth leaders from the continent. "The security and prosperity and justice that we seek in the world cannot be achieved without a strong and prosperous and self-reliant Africa," he said, kicking off a major African diplomatic push. Next week's meeting will bring around 50 African leaders to Washington -- almost all of them, with the exception of pariah figures like Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe and Sudan's Omar al-Bashir. He announced plans for the major summit in June last year during his first major tour of African countries -- South Africa, Senegal and Tunisia.
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.
Defense: US suppressed evidence in Blackwater
WASHINGTON (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.
ICC investigating Ali's Gaza wristbands
England 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.
Obama: Female oppression crippling parts of Africa
WASHINGTON (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.
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.
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Lightning kills man on US beach
One man is killed and several people are hurt following lightning strikes on crowded Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California.
US 'will send migrant youths home'
President Obama meets Central American leaders and says undocumented immigrant children without legal claims to be in the US will be sent home.
Ex-Virginia governor's trial opens
Jury selection begins in the corruption trial of ex-Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, accused of accepting loans and lavish gifts from a supporter.
US evacuates Libya embassy staff
The US temporarily evacuates staff from its embassy in the Libyan capital following clashes between rival militias, the state department says.
American reporter held in Iran
An American reporter for the Washington Post, his wife and two other US journalists have been detained in Tehran, an Iranian official confirms.
US manhunt for tuberculosis patient
Authorities in California search for a fugitive homeless man who has refused treatment for tuberculosis and may be contagious.
Bird-plucking woman on Montreal train
The woman says she was simply excited about cooking a traditional Inuk dish.
'New virus' discovered in human gut
Scientists say they have stumbled upon a common virus that has never been described before.
Homeowner kills 'pregnant burglar'
Authorities in California are investigating whether to charge an elderly man who fatally shot a suspected female burglar who said she was pregnant.
Toronto to open with The Judge
The Judge, starring Robert Downey Jr and Robert Duvall, is announced as the opening film of the 2014 Toronto Film Festival.
Naked body art enlivens New York
A group of artists in New York paint a large group of nude models in public in a celebration of the human form.
Game of Thrones adds new characters
New additions for Game of Thrones series five are announced at Comic-Con event in San Diego.
VIDEO: 'Giant bolt' hits LA beach goers
One person has been killed and at least eight others taken to hospital in Los Angeles after being struck by lightning.
VIDEO: Wildfire in California forces evacuations
More than 500 homes and about 1,200 residents have been evacuated in an area east of the California state capital Sacramento due to a wildfire.
VIDEO: Honour for 101-year-old weatherman
America's longest serving volunteer weather observer, 101-year-old Richard G Hendrickson, will be honoured on Sunday for 84 years service.
VIDEO: Illegal child migration to US soars
In the last eight months alone, nearly 60,000 children have crossed the border illegally into the United States, in the hope of a better life.
VIDEO: The toughest cop on Wall Street
Benjamin Lawsky, Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services, is known as the toughest cop on Wall Street.
VIDEO: Teen pilot dies in record attempt
A US teenager and his father who crashed during an attempt to fly around the world knew the risks of the journey, a relative has said
VIDEO: Wine fraudster to be sentenced in US
Rudy Kurniawan, who manufactured phony vintage wine in his kitchen, will be sentenced for fraud on Thursday.
VIDEO: 'Depressed' polar bear not moving
Arturo, the polar bear dubbed 'the world's saddest animal', will be staying at his zoo in Argentina, despite a massive petition calling for him to be moved to a colder climate.
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