A undated handout released on Friday by ECPAD, the French Army Communication Audiovisual office, shows the crash site of Air Algerie flight AH5017 near the northern Mali town of Gossi.

Bad weather seen as probable cause of fatal Air Algerie crash

By Chine Labbé and Mathieu Bonkougou, Reuters on July 25, 2014, at 11:51 a.m.
PARIS — Poor weather was the most likely cause of the crash of an Air Algerie flight in the West African state of Mali that killed 118 people on board, French officials said Friday. Investigators at the scene of the crash in northern Mali concluded the airliner broke apart when …
Smoke rises after an explosion in Gaza as an Israeli armored personnel carrier is parked at a staging area near the border with Gaza July 23, 2014.

Israel kills Palestinian, dozens injured in West Bank protest

By Reuters on July 24, 2014, at 8:57 p.m.
RAMALLAH, West Bank — Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian protester and wounded about 200 on Thursday in confrontations with several thousand people demonstrating in the occupied West Bank against a 17-day-old Israeli offensive in Gaza, Palestinian medical officials said. Hospital officials earlier said three protesters had been killed, …
A Swiftair MD-83 airplane is seen in this undated photo

Missing Air Algerie plane from Burkina Faso has crashed, says Algerian official

By Hamid Ould Ahmed, Reuters on July 24, 2014, at 11:04 a.m.
ALGIERS — An Air Algerie flight crashed on Thursday en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers with 110 passengers on board, an Algerian aviation official said. There were few clear indications of what might have happened to the aircraft, or whether there were casualties, but Burkino Faso Transport …

European court says CIA ran secret jail in a Polish forest

By Christian Lowe, Reuters on July 24, 2014, at 7:45 a.m.
WARSAW — The CIA ran a secret jail on Polish soil, the European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday, piling pressure on Poland, one of Washington’s closest allies, to break its long silence about the global program for detaining al-Qaida suspects. The court said it had been established that the …

Contact lost with Air Algerie plane carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso

By Hamid Ould Ahmed, Reuters on July 24, 2014, at 6:44 a.m.
ALGIERS — Authorities have lost contact with an Air Algerie flight en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers with 110 passengers on board, Algeria’s APS state news agency and a Spanish airline company said Thursday. APS said authorities lost contact with flight AH 5017 an hour after it …
Deb Walters is kayaking from Maine to Guatemala, raising awareness and donations for Safe Passage, a charity that helps children in Guatemala.

Maine grandmother kayaking Guatemala to raise money for charity

By Ann Charlton, York County Coast Star on July 23, 2014, at 3:58 p.m.
WELLS, Maine — The Wells Rotary Club had the opportunity to listen to the story of one woman’s inspiring journey as she kayaks 2,500 miles from Maine to Guatemala in an effort to raise awareness and donation for a Maine-based nonprofit called Safe Passage. Deb Walters, a 63-year-old retired scientist …

Two Ukrainian fighter jets shot down over rebel-held territory

By Natalia Zinets and Gabriela Baczynska, Reuters on July 23, 2014, at 7:50 a.m.
KIEV — Kiev said two of its fighter jets were shot down over the rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, and the missiles that brought them down might have been fired from Russia. A spokesman for Ukraine’s military operations said the planes were shot down near Savur Mogila, not …

US airlines halt flights to Israel citing instability

By Reuters on July 22, 2014, at 12:03 p.m.
U.S. air carriers Delta Air Lines, American Airlines Group and United Airlines said Tuesday they have halted flights to Israel to ensure passenger safety as the turmoil in the region has intensified. Delta and United said in separate statements they have suspended flights to and from Tel Aviv “until further …
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (left) speaks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo on July 22, 2014.

Israel pounds Gaza despite international peace efforts

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Jeffrey Heller, Reuters on July 22, 2014, at 7:28 a.m.
JERUSALEM — Israel pounded targets across the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, saying no cease-fire was near as top U.S. and United Nations diplomats pursued talks on halting the fighting that has claimed more than 600 lives. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held discussions in neighboring Egypt, while U.N. Secretary …
Netherlands' Prime Minister Mark Rutte speaks at a news conference at The Hague July 18, 2014.

Dutch air crash victims begin their journey to the Netherlands

By Anton Zverev and Peter Graff, Reuters on July 21, 2014, at 2:36 p.m.
DONETSK, Ukraine — A train carrying the remains of most of the almost 300 victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over Ukraine left the site Monday, after the Malaysian prime minister reached a deal with the leader of pro-Russian separatists controlling the area. Senior separatist leader Aleksander Borodai handed …

Karl Albrecht, Aldi co-founder and Germany’s richest person, dies at 94

By Reuters on July 21, 2014, at 1:52 p.m.
BERLIN, Germany — Karl Albrecht, the man credited with bringing discount stores to Europe with the no-frills Aldi supermarket chain, died at the age of 94 last Wednesday, Aldi said in a statement. Publicity-shy Albrecht co-founded privately held Aldi with his brother, Theo, after World War II. Seventy years later, …
Employees work at a production line prior to a seizure conducted by officers from the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration, at the Husi Food factory in Shanghai, July 20, 2014. A watchdog closed Shanghai Husi Food Co Ltd, a local unit of OSI, and seized meat products suspected of being beyond their expiration date, according to a statement on Monday from the Shanghai Municipal Food and Drug Administration.

KFC, McDonald’s apologize for use of expired meat as new China food scandal brews

By Adam Jourdan, Reuters on July 21, 2014, at 10:46 a.m.
SHANGHAI — McDonald’s Corp and Yum Brands Inc are facing a new food safety scare in China, denting the fast food giants’ efforts to shore up reputations and businesses that were hurt by a 2012 safety scandal in one of their biggest markets. McDonald’s and KFC-parent Yum apologized to customers …
An Israeli soldier holds up his weapon outside the northern Gaza Strip on Monday.

Gaza death toll tops 500 as U.S. steps up cease-fire efforts

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Crispian Balmer, Reuters on July 21, 2014, at 7:31 a.m.
GAZA — The United States, alarmed by escalating civilian bloodshed in an Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip, took a direct role in efforts to secure a cease-fire on Monday, as the Palestinian death toll jumped to more than 500. Despite growing calls for a halt to two weeks of …

US presses case against Russia on downed jet as horror deepens

By Anton Zverev and Matt Spetalnick, Reuters on July 20, 2014, at 8:44 p.m.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry laid out what he called overwhelming evidence of Russian complicity in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 as international horror deepened over the fate of the victims’ remains. Kerry demanded that Moscow take responsibility for actions of pro-Russian rebels in …
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon speaks at a joint news conference with Qatar's foreign minister Khaled al-Attiya in Doha July 20, 2014. Ban condemned as an "atrocious action" the killing of dozens of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip by Israeli shelling on Sunday and called for an immediate end to almost two weeks of fighting that has cost more than 400 lives.

Gaza death toll jumps, Hamas says Israeli soldier captured

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Allyn Fisher-Ilan, Reuters on July 20, 2014, at 8:33 p.m.
GAZA — Hamas’s armed wing said on Sunday it had captured an Israeli soldier, as fighting in Gaza led to the bloodiest losses in a nearly two-week military offensive, with some 100 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers killed. The Israeli military said it was checking on the reported capture, which …
A part of the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 is pictured at its crash site, near the village of Hrabove, Donetsk region. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday laid out what he said was overwhelming evidence of Russian complicity in the downing of the Malaysian airliner in eastern Ukraine.

Kerry makes US case against Russia on downed Malaysian jet

By Anton Zverev and Peter Graff, Reuters on July 20, 2014, at 3:06 p.m.
HRABOVE, Ukraine — Secretary of State John Kerry laid out on Sunday what he called overwhelming evidence of Russian complicity in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and called rebels’ behavior “grotesque.” Kerry expressed horror at how pro-Moscow separatists at the crash sites in eastern Ukraine treated the remains …

Bosnia buries 284 war victims unearthed from gruesome death pit

By Daria Sito-Sucic, Reuters on July 20, 2014, at 11:22 a.m.
KOZARAC, Bosnia — The remains of 284 victims of the Bosnian war were laid to rest on Sunday having been unearthed from what is believed to be the largest mass grave of Europe’s worst conflict since World War Two. Thousands of relatives from Bosnia and across Europe gathered in collective …

Witnesses: At least 62 dead in Israeli attack on Gaza suburb

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Jeffrey Heller, Reuters on July 20, 2014, at 9:44 a.m.
JERUSALEM — At least 62 Palestinians were killed on Sunday in Israeli shelling of a Gaza neighborhood that left bodies strewn in the streets and thousands fleeing for shelter to a hospital packed with wounded, Palestinian witnesses and officials said. The Israeli military said militants from Gaza’s dominant Hamas group …

UK, France, Germany eye fresh Russia sanctions after plane disaster

By William James and Nicholas Vinocur, Reuters on July 20, 2014, at 9:43 a.m.
LONDON — Britain, Germany and France agreed on Sunday they should be ready to ratchet up sanctions on Russia over the downing of a Malaysian jet carrying 298 passengers when European foreign ministers meet in Brussels on Tuesday. Ukraine on Sunday accused separatist rebels of hiding evidence that a Russian …

Gunmen kill 21 Egyptian military border guards near Libya

By Michael Georgy, Reuters on July 19, 2014, at 7:32 p.m.
CAIRO — Gunmen killed 21 Egyptian military border guards near the frontier with Libya on Saturday, highlighting a growing threat from an area that security officials say has become a haven for militants seeking to topple the Cairo government. Security officials said the assailants were smugglers. But an army spokesman …
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