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Israel declares Gaza truce over, 50 die in Gaza shelling
By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Jeffrey Heller GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel declared a Gaza ceasefire over on Friday and killed more than 50 Palestinians in renewed shelling, saying militants had breached the truce shortly after it began and apparently captured an Israeli soldier. 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, and followed mounting international alarm over a rising Palestinian civilian death toll. The Israeli military said that 90 minutes into the truce, militants attacked soldiers searching for tunnels in the southern Gaza Strip used to infiltrate fighters into Israel. There was an exchange of fire," said Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lerner, a military spokesman.
Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:16:47 -0400
Experts start work at Ukraine crash site despite new fighting

Members of a group of international experts walk past wreckage at the site where the downed Malaysia airlines flight MH17 crashed in Donetsk regionBy Natalia Zinets and Gabriela Baczynska KIEV (Reuters) - International experts started recovery work at the wreckage site of a downed Malaysian airliner in east Ukraine on Friday despite clashes nearby between government forces and pro-Russian rebels. In the latest clashes, the rebels 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. The rebels said they had pushed back government forces around Shakhtarsk, where fighting has raged for several days. The recovery mission included 70 experts from Australia and the Netherlands, whose countries suffered a big loss of life in the shoot-down, as well as representatives of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:16:01 -0400
Exclusive: China's Xi likely to promote army general who exposed graft - sources

General Liu Yuan leaves the Great Hall of the People in BeijingBy Benjamin Kang Lim and Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - President Xi Jinping is likely to promote a corruption whistleblower to China's top military decision-making body to underscore his determination to tackle graft inside the country's rapidly modernizing armed forces, two sources said. General Liu Yuan, 62, the eldest son of late president Liu Shaoqi, is set to be appointed to the Central Military Commission during a meeting of the Communist Party's elite 205-member Central Committee in October, a source close to the leadership and a second source with ties to the military said. Security had been stepped up around Liu after he had received death threats for exposing the worst military graft scandal in modern China, which involved the widespread selling of positions in the People's Liberation Army (PLA), three separate sources added. His crackdown accelerated this week when the party said it was investigating former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang for breaching party discipline, a euphemism for corruption.

Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:56:35 -0400
Gas blast in Taiwan kills 25, injures 267, topples buildings

A view from a rooftop shows the road after an explosion occurred in KaohsiungA series of explosions caused by a gas leak killed 25 people and injured 267 in Taiwan's second city on Friday, sending flames shooting 15 storeys into the air, setting ablaze entire blocks and reducing small shops to rubble. Rescue authorities said police and soldiers had been drafted in to help firefighters after the midnight explosion and blaze gutted a district in the port city of Kaohsiung packed with shops and apartment buildings. Four firefighters were among the dead. President Ma Ying-jeou pledged tough measures to prevent any recurrence of the incident.

Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 03:13:26 -0400
Islamic State imposes media controls in Syrian province

A fighter of the ISIL holds a flag and a weapon on a street in MosulIslamic State, the al Qaeda splinter group which has seized parts of Syria and Iraq, has told activists in Syria's Deir al-Zor province they must swear allegiance to it and submit to censorship, a monitoring group said on Friday. International media organizations have little presence in Syria and rely on activists and other sources to provide information on what is happening in the country. Islamic State also told the activists they must recognize the caliphate, based on their strict interpretation of Islam, that it has declared in the parts of Iraq and Syria it controls.

Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:46:01 -0400
Argentina holds no positive expectations for Friday's debt hearing

Argentina's Economy Minister Kicillof talks to Cabinet Chief Capitanich during the opening session of the 132nd legislative term of Congress in Buenos AiresArgentina's Cabinet chief Jorge Capitanich said on Friday the government held no positive expectations for a court hearing in New York later in the day that will discuss the South American country's debt default. Market participants and analysts are generally optimistic about an eventual deal, which could include private sector players.

Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:40:47 -0400
Six die after Algerian quake sparks panic in capital
At least six people died after a magnitude 5.5 earthquake hit southeast of the Algerian capital on Friday, shaking buildings and sending panicked families rushing into the streets of Algiers, authorities said. The United States Geological Survey said the quake had struck nine miles (14 km) southeast of Algiers and its epicenter was recorded at a relatively shallow depth of 6.2 miles.
Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:38:12 -0400
World silence on Israel 'war crimes' 'inexcusable:' Saudi king

A Palestinian boy walks over debris as civilians who were displaced from their houses due to fighting between Israel's army and Hamas fighters return to check their homes in Gaza City's Shejaiya neighbourhood, on August 1, 2014Saudi King Abdullah said Friday that world silence over Israeli "war crimes" in the Gaza Strip was "inexcusable" and would only breed more violence in the future. "We see the blood of out brothers in Palestine being shed in collective massacres that have spared nobody, and in war crimes against humanity," the king said in a speech carried by state news agency SPA. "This silence is inexcusable" and will "result in a generation that rejects peace and believes only in violence," he said.

Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:34:16 -0400
Top Asian News at 1:30 p.m. GMT
KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) — The 12,000 people who fled in fear of more 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 devastated a more than 2 square kilometers (1 square mile) area, killing 26 people and injuring 267. With clean-up work underway, investigators were turning to the task of determining the cause of the blasts, the industrial city's worst such disaster in 16 years.
Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:32:43 -0400
AP PHOTOS: City streets destroyed in Taiwan blasts

A destroyed fire truck is seen overturned in the rubble after massive gas explosions in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. A series of underground explosions about midnight Thursday and early Friday ripped through Taiwan's second-largest city, killing scores of people, Taiwan's National Fire Agency said Friday. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)City streets destroyed, transformed into trenches strewn with dirt, ripped pieces of pipe and jagged blocks of concrete. Broken fire trucks turned upside down, twisted soot-covered cars and motorcycles, ripped advertising signs.

Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:31:30 -0400
Somali lawmaker killed in Mogadishu, fifth since April
By Abdi Sheikh and Feisal Omar MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Islamist militants shot dead a Somali lawmaker in the capital Mogadishu on Friday by blocking his car and spraying him with bullets, police and witnesses said, after the fifth killing of a legislator in less than four months. Al Shabaab said they killed Aden Madeer because he brought "Christian enemies" to Somalia, a reference mainly directed at African Union forces which are battling the Islamist group and remain the backbone of security in the embattled nation. Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, the spokesman for al Shabaab's military operations, said the rebels would kill lawmakers "one by one" if they continued to back President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud's government. Al Shabaab gunmen killed two lawmakers in April and two more in July.
Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:29:13 -0400
Williams, Ivanovic reach Bank of West quarters

Venus Williams celebrates after beating Victoria Azarenka, from Belarus, 6-4, 7-6(1) in their match in the Bank of the West Classic tennis tournament in Stanford, Calif., Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Venus Williams feels like the hometown girl when she plays at Stanford even though she grew up in Southern California and currently resides in Florida.

Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:25:35 -0400
Russia plans training on new weapons for reservists: ministry
Russia's Defence Ministry plans to call up military reservists across the country for two months of training exercises on new weapons, news agency Interfax reported on Friday. Moscow has previously used such exercises to boost troop numbers on its border with Ukraine. There are concerns in the West that Russian forces could intervene in the conflict between the Kiev's government forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. "Special attention will be given to military reservists' mastering of new and modernized weapons, military and special equipment as well as their use," Interfax quoted the ministry as saying.
Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:23:39 -0400
Plane crashes into warehouse in Germany, killing 2
BERLIN (AP) — Authorities say a small plane has crashed into a warehouse in the northern German city of Bremen, killing two people.
Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:22:16 -0400
Slovenia ex-premier gets brief prison furlough

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 file photo Slovenia's Prime Minister Janez Jansa speaks before the parliament during a no-confidence vote meeting in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Slovenian ex-Prime Minister Janez Jansa was granted a brief prison furlough on Friday to attend the country's first parliamentary session after he won a seat in last month's election. Jansa, leader of the opposition Slovene Democratic Party, has been serving a two-year sentence for bribery since June. He arrived unescorted to the parliamentary session as several hundred supporters gathered outside the building. He was expected to return to prison once the session ends. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic, File)LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenian ex-Prime Minister Janez Jansa was granted a brief prison furlough on Friday to attend the country's first parliamentary session after he won a seat in last month's election.

Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:18:22 -0400
U.S. calls Hamas attack 'barbaric' violation of Gaza ceasefire: CNN
The White House on Friday condemned a reported Hamas attack on Israeli soldiers in Gaza as a violation of the newly reached humanitarian ceasefire and called for the release of an abducted Israeli soldier. Israel declared a ceasefire over on Friday hours after it began, saying Hamas militants attacked Israeli soldiers looking for tunnels in Gaza and abducted one of them. "That would be a rather barbaric violation of the ceasefire agreement," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on CNN.
Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:16:47 -0400
Pamela Anderson wants Faeroes to stop whale drive
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A more than four century-old pilot whales drive in the Faeroe Islands is a "barbaric, psychotic frenzy" which should cease, actress and animal rights activist Pamela Anderson said Friday.
Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:16:32 -0400
Stocks down but US jobs report provides support

FILE - This April 22, 2010, file photo, shows a Wall Street sign in front of the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stocks slumped Thursday, July 31, 2014, as investors reacted to disappointing corporate earnings reports and assessed the implications of the approaching end to economic stimulus from the Federal Reserve. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)HONG KONG (AP) — World stock markets sank on Friday, but the losses were tempered by a report showing the U.S. economy continues to create jobs at a steady pace. After big losses in the U.S. the day before, indexes in Europe were down sharply, though Wall Street was expected to stabilize.

Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:15:36 -0400
Myanmar military releases 91 child soldiers
Myanmar's military released 91 children and young people from military service on Friday, the United Nations said as it encouraged the army to speed up demobilization to ensure it has no under-age soldiers in its ranks. Myanmar has for years been listed among countries where children have been recruited to fight, by both the government army and ethnic minority guerrilla groups battling the government for autonomy. "Such discharges must be accelerated so that the Tatmadaw can quickly achieve the double objective of zero under-age recruitment, and full discharge of those that are under 18," said Shalini Bahuguna of the UN Children's Fund, referring to the military by its traditional name in Burmese. Myanmar's military ran the country for 49 years and was condemned internationally for human rights abuses including the use of child soldiers.
Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:13:44 -0400
Crystal Palace signs defender Brede Hangeland
LONDON (AP) — Crystal Palace has signed former Fulham captain Brede Hangeland for the new English Premier League season.
Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:13:36 -0400
Saudi king labels Israeli offensive in Gaza a war crime
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah criticised on Friday international inaction over Israel's offensive in Gaza, which he described as involving mass slaughter and "war crimes against humanity", in a speech read out on his behalf on state television. King Abdullah named no groups but was apparently referring to violence in neighbouring countries, including Iraq and Syria, where the Islamic State has captured swathes of territory, killing scores of people and forcing Christians to flee. Saudi Arabia, birthplace of Islam, sees itself as a leader of the Sunni Muslim world and a main player in the Middle East. Israel launched its offensive in Hamas Islamist-dominated Gaza on July 8, unleashing air and naval bombardments in response to a surge of cross-border rocket attacks.
Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:13:04 -0400
England wins diving gold to increase medal lead

Australia's Emily Smith, center, celebrates with Brook Peris, left, after scoring a goal as South Africa's goal keeper Anelle Van Deventer lies on the ground during their women's semifinal hockey match during the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland, Friday Aug. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — England added to its burgeoning gold-medal lead at the Commonwealth Games when divers Jack Laugher and Chris Mears won the synchronized 3-meter springboard on Friday.

Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:12:39 -0400
Iraqi foreign minister blames Maliki for insurgency

A woman, who fled from violence in Mosul, walks with child inside Khazer refugee camp on outskirts of Kurdish city of ArbilBy Raheem Salman BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and his security officials are to blame for the rise of Sunni insurgents who have seized parts of Iraq, the country's Kurdish foreign minister said. Hoshiyar Zebari's comments are likely to further strain ties between Maliki's Shi'ite-led government and the Kurds, complicating efforts to form a power-sharing government that can counter Islamic State militants. In July, the Kurdish political bloc ended all participation in the national government in protest over Maliki's saying that Kurds were allowing terrorists to stay in their capital Arbil.

Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:11:43 -0400
US: Abduction of Israeli would be 'outrageous'
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says the apparent abduction of an Israeli soldier would be an "absolutely outrageous" action by Hamas.
Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:09:06 -0400
Russia takes in Crimean clubs, Ukraine upset
MOSCOW (AP) — Football clubs from the Crimea region annexed by Russia will play in the Russian leagues this season.
Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:08:44 -0400
Fiat shareholders vote in favor of Chrysler merger
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Fiat shareholders have voted in favor of a merger with Chrysler that has been five years in the works and will shift the 115-year-old carmaker's center of gravity abroad.
Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:07:04 -0400
South Sudan conflict drives idea of oil wealth monitoring

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir stands in front of the late Sudanese liberation hero John Garang's mausoleum at the 31st anniversary of the SPLA in JubaBy Drazen Jorgic and Edmund Blair NAIROBI (Reuters) - South Sudan's oil fields have become a battleground in the struggle for power in Africa's newest nation, encouraging Western nations and regional mediators to consider international monitoring of crude revenues as a way to remove a major bone of contention from such conflicts. South Sudan sits on Sub-Saharan Africa's third-biggest crude reserves, and its oil fields were early targets in fighting that erupted in December and has rumbled on despite two ceasefire deals and U.N. warnings that a man-made famine looms. "If there is a clearer control of oil revenue, that may remove from the table one of the incentives over which people are divided or will fight," said one senior Western diplomat, close to peace talks being held in the Ethiopian capital. Monitoring could range from putting oil earnings into an independently managed escrow account, which South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar called for, to less intrusive mechanisms where allocations of revenues were checked.

Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:06:28 -0400
12,000 evacuees return after Taiwan gas explosions

Soldiers use electronic sensors to search for missing persons believed to be buried after massive gas explosions in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. A series of explosions about midnight Thursday and early Friday ripped through Taiwan's second-largest city, killing scores of people, Taiwan's National Fire Agency said Friday. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) — The 12,000 people who fled in fear of more 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 devastated a more than 2 square kilometers (1 square mile) area, killing 26 people and injuring 267.

Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:05:05 -0400
Top Asian News at 1:00 p.m. GMT
KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) — Heavy machinery pulled vehicles from huge trenches gouged by explosions along an underground pipeline in Taiwan's second-largest city that killed at least 25 people and injured 267. The series of five explosions from about midnight Thursday to early Friday struck a densely populated industrial district in the port of Kaohsiung where petrochemical companies operate pipelines alongside the sewer system under city streets. The cause of the disaster was being investigated.
Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:02:42 -0400
W. African leaders, WHO meet to address Ebola

China's Margaret Chan, center, Director-General of the World Health Organization, WHO, is greeted by officials as she arrives at the airport for talks on Ebola in the city of Conakry, Guinea, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. The death toll from the worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 in West Africa as security forces went house-to-house in Sierra Leone’s capital Thursday looking for patients and others exposed to the disease. Fears grew as the United States warned against travel to the three infected countries — Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia — and Sierra Leone’s soccer team was blocked from boarding a plane in Nairobi, Kenya, that was to take them to the Seychelles for a game on Saturday. (AP Photo/ Youssouf Bah)CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Presidents from the West African countries hit by the Ebola outbreak are meeting with world health leaders to come up with ways to stop the spread of the deadly disease.

Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:00:45 -0400
35 Palestinians killed, Israeli officer missing

A Palestinian inspects a destroyed house in the heavily bombed Gaza City neighborhood of Shijaiyah, close to the Israeli border, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. A three-day Gaza cease-fire that began Friday quickly unraveled, with Israel and Hamas accusing each other of violating the truce as several Palestinians were killed in a heavy exchange of fire in the southern town of Rafah. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A Gaza cease-fire quickly unraveled Friday as violence erupted in and around the southern town of Rafah, with at least 35 Palestinians killed by Israeli shelling and the military saying an infantry officer may have been captured.

Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:00:41 -0400
Ukraine: Search base set up at jet crash site

An Ukrainian government army military vehicle travels across a damaged bridge near the village of Debaltseve, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — With the sound of artillery fire in the distance, dozens of international investigators arrived Friday at the zone where a Malaysia Airlines plane crashed in eastern Ukraine and began preparations to comb the rural area for remains of as many as 80 victims and jet debris.

Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:57:42 -0400
Rescuers in Indian landslide say hopes for survivors 'bleak'

NDRF personnel stands at the site of a landslide at Malin villageBy Aman Shah MALIN India (Reuters) - Hopes of finding survivors in India from a landslide that swallowed up more than 100 people faded on Friday as rescuers dug through mud and debris following heavy rains, with the death toll rising to 52. Finding people alive would be extremely unlikely, said Gautam Sarkar, a senior official involved in the rescue, as hundreds of rescuers toiled to sift debris after Wednesday's landslide submerged 46 homes and almost wiped out a village. Nevertheless, additional earth-moving machinery was being brought in, said Alok Avasthy, operations head of a national disaster response team, who estimated the search effort would run for another two days. The number of confirmed deaths was 52, both officials said, after mud came crashing down on the village of Malin in India's western state of Maharashtra.

Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:55:56 -0400
5 suspected rebels killed in clash in Indonesia
JAYAPURA, Indonesia (AP) — Five suspected rebels were killed Friday in a clash with Indonesian soldiers in restive Papua province, the military said.
Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:55:22 -0400
U.S. says India refusal on WTO deal a wrong signal

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Prime Minister's residence in New DelhiBy David Brunnstrom and Matt Siegel NEW DELHI/SYDNEY (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday that India's refusal to sign a global trade deal sent the wrong signal, and he urged New Delhi to work to resolve the row as soon as possible. A World Trade Organization pact to ease worldwide customs rules collapsed late on Thursday over India's demands for concessions on agricultural stockpiling. "Failure to sign the Trade Facilitation Agreement sent a confusing signal and undermined the very image Prime Minister Modi is trying to send about India," a U.S. State Department official told reporters after Kerry's meeting with Modi.

Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:55:07 -0400
Poland marks 70th anniversary of Warsaw Uprising

People light candles at the Warsaw Uprising monument in Warsaw, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. On the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, Poland is honoring the fighters and victims of the rebellion against Nazi Germans by laying wreaths, sounding sirens and singing insurgent tunes. On Aug. 1, 1944, thousands of poorly-armed city residents rose up against the German forces to try to take control of the city ahead of the advancing Soviet army. They held on for 63 days before being forced to surrender. Almost 200,000 people were killed. The Nazis expelled the survivors and set the city ablaze. (AP Photo/ Czarek Sokolowski)WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland on Friday honored the fighters and victims of a 1944 rebellion against Nazi Germans by laying wreaths, lighting candles and singing insurgent tunes to mark the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising.

Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:53:02 -0400
Tunisia guards fire in air to disperse crowds at Libya border
Tunisian guards shot into the air and fired tear gas on Friday to stop a group of Egyptians from storming across the border with Libya after fleeing violence in Tripoli, a Reuters reporter said. Around 350 Egyptians were allowed to cross into Tunisia on Wednesday, TAP said. Libya's capital Tripoli has been hit by two weeks of fighting between rival militias.
Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:50:21 -0400
Saudi King: Gaza war is "crime against humanity"
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah says the Gaza war is a "collective massacre" that has spared no Palestinian living there and describes it as a "crime against humanity."
Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:40:57 -0400

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