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 …
A resident places flowers at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, near the settlement of Rozspyne in the Donetsk region Saturday.

Ukraine, rebels argue over downed plane; Europeans give Putin ‘last chance’

By Anton Zverev and Peter Graff, Reuters on July 19, 2014, at 7:09 p.m.
HRABOVE/DONETSK, Ukraine — Ukraine accused Russia and pro-Moscow rebels on Saturday of destroying evidence to cover up their guilt in the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner that has accelerated a showdown between the Kremlin and Western powers. As militants kept international monitors away from wreckage and scores of bodies …
People who fled from the violence in Mosul walk inside the Khazer refugee camp on the outskirts of the Kurdish city of Arbil on Thursday. The head of the United Nations  refugee agency said that a political solution was crucial to end the suffering of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi refugees who have been forced to flee their homes after the fall of their cities to Islamic militants last month.

Islamic State tells Ancient Christian population of Mosul to convert or face the sword

By Ahmed Rasheed and Maggie Fick, Reuters on July 19, 2014, at 2:37 p.m.
BAGHDAD — The ancient Christian community of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul had all but fled by Saturday, ending a presence stretching back nearly two millennia after radical Islamists set them a midday deadline to submit to Islamic rule or leave. The ultimatum by the Islamic State drove out …

Israeli tanks dig in at Gaza frontier as Palestinian toll tops 300

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Dan Williams, Reuters on July 19, 2014, at 11:32 a.m.
GAZA/JERUSALEM — Israeli tanks and bulldozers dug in across a mile-wide strip of Gaza’s eastern frontier Saturday, and Palestinian officials said military strikes killed more than 300 people, most of them civilians. Israel sent in ground forces Thursday after 10 days of air and naval barrages failed to stop rocket …

US steps up deportation of Central American child migrants

By Gabriel Stargardter, Reuters on July 19, 2014, at 10:46 a.m.
SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras — More than 40 Central American children were expelled from the United States on flights to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador on Friday, as the U.S. government stepped up its deportation of illegal child migrants. Tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from the three violence-torn countries …

Wave of bombings in Baghdad kills at least 27 people

By Raheem Salman, Reuters on July 19, 2014, at 10:09 a.m.
BAGHDAD — At least 27 people were killed in a wave of bombings in mostly Shiite Muslim areas of Baghdad on Saturday, police and medics said, in the deadliest day of attacks in the capital since a Sunni insurgency overran large parts of Iraq’s north last month. In the first …
U.S. President Barack Obama addresses a news conference about the situation in Ukraine from the White House in Washington Friday.

Obama condemns Russia after airliner downed in Ukraine

By Anton Zverev, Reuters on July 18, 2014, at 1:09 p.m.
HRABOVE, Ukraine — U.S. President Barack Obama demanded Russia stop supporting separatists in eastern Ukraine after the downing of a Malaysian airline by a surface-to-air missile he said was fired from rebel territory raised the prospect of more sanctions on Moscow. At least one American was among the nearly 300 …
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said it is likely several Americans were passengers on the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane that was shot down over Ukraine on Thursday.

Susan Collins: Americans likely among casualties when Malaysian plane was shot down

By Jon Chrisos, CBS 13 on July 18, 2014, at 10:47 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, a member of the Select Committee on Intelligence, joined CBS 13 News Live at 5 Thursday to talk about the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane shot down in Ukraine with 295 people on board. “The manifest of passengers has not yet been turned over …
Flowers lie on debris from a Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 plane which was downed on Thursday near the village of Rozsypne, in the Donetsk region July 18, 2014. World leaders demanded an international investigation into the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 with 298 people on board over eastern Ukraine in a tragedy that could mark a pivotal moment in the worst crisis between Russia and the West since the Cold War.

US orders American aircraft to avoid eastern Ukraine airspace

By Mark Hosenball, Reuters on July 18, 2014, at 9:09 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration issued an order on Thursday night prohibiting American aircraft from flying over eastern Ukraine following the downing of a Malaysia Airlines flight in that region. Citing “recent events and the potential for continued hazardous activities,” the FAA said the restricted area included the …
Israeli soldiers carry their gear as they walk towards a staging area outside the Gaza Strip July 18, 2014. Israel stepped up its land offensive in Gaza with artillery, tanks and gunboats on Friday and declared it could "significantly widen" an operation Palestinian officials said was killing ever greater numbers of civilians. Israeli gunboats lit up the sky with their fire before dawn while helicopters fired into the coastal enclave.

Israel says ground offensive under way in Gaza

By Jeffrey Heller and Nidal al-Mughrabi, Reuters on July 18, 2014, at 8:39 a.m.
JERUSALEM — Israel announced the start of a Gaza ground campaign on Thursday after 10 days of aerial and naval bombardments failed to stop persistent Palestinian rocket attacks, but it signaled the invasion would be limited in scope. A statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said he had given …
Emergencies Ministry members work at the site of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash in the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region, July 17, 2014. The Malaysian airliner was shot down over eastern Ukraine by pro-Russian militants on Thursday, killing all 295 people aboard, a Ukrainian interior ministry official said.

Malaysian airliner downed in Ukraine war zone, 295 dead

By Anton Zverev, Reuters on July 17, 2014, at 11:45 a.m.
HRABOVE, Ukraine — A Malaysian airliner was brought down in eastern Ukraine on eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 295 people aboard and sharply raising the stakes in a conflict between Kiev and pro-Moscow rebels that has set Russia and the West at daggers drawn. As the United States said …

Four children killed by Israeli shelling in Gaza

By Nidal Al-Mughrabi and Allyn Fisher-Ilan, Reuters on July 16, 2014, at 4:33 p.m.
GAZA STRIP, Israel — Israeli shelling killed four boys on a Gaza beach on Wednesday, a local health official said, and Palestinian militants fired more than 100 rockets into Israel after a failed Egyptian attempt to halt more than a week of warfare. Israel later on Wednesday agreed to a …

Gaza conflict stretches into seventh day with 173 Palestinians dead

By Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times on July 15, 2014, at 7:37 a.m.
JERUSALEM — Israel’s offensive against the Gaza Strip entered its seventh day on Monday with more mutual bombardment and little progress in reported backstage bargaining for a cease-fire to end the conflict that has left 173 Palestinians dead and millions of Israelis pinned down by rocket fire. The rising death …
Bishop of Gloucester Michael Perham hugs female clergy members after the Synod session which approved the consecration of women bishops, in York on July 14, 2014.

Church of England votes in favor of women bishops

By Tess Little, Reuters on July 15, 2014, at 6:41 a.m.
LONDON — The Church of England voted on Monday to allow women to become bishops, a historic decision which overturns centuries of tradition in a Church that has been deeply divided over the issue. Two years ago, a similar proposal failed narrowly due to opposition from traditionalist lay members, to …
Nobel Prize for literature laureate Nadine Gordimer attends a memorial for Nelson Mandela's biographer and former Drum editor late Anthony Sampson in Johannesburg in this February 2005 file photo.

South African anti-apartheid author, Nobel winner Gordimer dies

By Ndundu Sithole, Reuters on July 14, 2014, at 7:13 p.m.
JOHANNESBURG — South African Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer, an unwavering moralist who became one of the most powerful voices against the injustice of apartheid, has died at the age of 90, her family said on Monday. Gordimer, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991, died at …
Illegal migrants from Guatemala who have been deported from the U.S. wait to provide their particulars to the immigration authorities after arriving at La Aurora airport in Guatemala City, July 10, 2014.

Honduras president blames US drug policy for migrant surge

By Reuters on July 14, 2014, at 12:41 p.m.
MEXICO CITY — Honduran President Juan Hernandez blamed U.S. drug policy for sparking violence in Central American countries and driving a surge of migration to the United States, according to an interview published on Monday. Hernandez, who took office in January after winning on a pledge to be tough on …

Nigerian president promises Malala missing girls will be home ‘soon’

By Felix Onuah, Reuters on July 14, 2014, at 9:58 a.m.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan promised on Monday that more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist militants would “soon” return home, teenage Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai said after meeting him. Malala, who became a global celebrity after surviving being shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls’ …

After three decades of war, an Afghan radio program offers a chance to find the missing

By Kevin Sieff, Washington Post on July 14, 2014, at 7:58 a.m.
KABUL, Afghanistan — The men and women have little in common, except they all seem to have vanished into thin air. Some disappeared in the middle of a Taliban attack. Some fled Afghanistan and were never heard from again. Some went missing weeks ago; others have been gone more than …
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