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Gaza truce unravels

Aug 1, 2014 / 6:24 am

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. Israel and Hamas accused each other of breaking the cease-fire,...

Sniffer dogs work landslide

Aug 1, 2014 / 6:12 am

Rescuers searching for dozens of people still missing after a landslide in western India said Friday that sniffer dogs and machines to detect signs of life were all but useless in 15 feet (4.5 metres) of heavy mud and debris. The landslide engulfed Malin village, in Pune district of Maharashtra...

Police headquarters destroyed

Aug 1, 2014 / 6:10 am

A strong explosion ripped through the main police building in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi early on Friday, nearly flattening it, days after Islamic militias overran army barracks and claimed control of the city. The police headquarters has been empty for several days after militias...

Investigators at jet crash site

Aug 1, 2014 / 6:04 am

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. Several hours before...

Tropical Storm Bertha forms

Jul 31, 2014 / 9:53 pm

Tropical Storm Bertha has formed, becoming the second named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. The U.S. Hurricane Center in Miami said the tropical storm's maximum sustained winds Thursday night were near 45 mph (75 kph). The storm is centred about 275 miles (445 kilometres)...

US: Ebola threatens West Africa

Jul 31, 2014 / 9:37 pm

U.S. health officials on Thursday warned Americans not to travel to the three West African countries hit by the worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history. The travel advisory applies to nonessential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where the deadly disease has killed more than 700...

New restrictions on US airlines

Jul 31, 2014 / 9:25 pm

The Federal Aviation Administration is restricting U.S. airlines from flying at or below 30,000 feet (9,145 metres) over Iraq because of what it calls "the potentially hazardous situation created by the armed conflict" there. The agency already had restricted flights in Iraqi air space...

Gas explosions kill 20

Jul 31, 2014 / 4:35 pm

UPDATE 4:30 P.M. A series of underground gas explosions killed 20 people and injured 270 others late Thursday in Taiwan's second-largest city, authorities said. The National Fire Agency said five firefighters were among the dead. Taiwan's Central News Agency reported that...

Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths

Jul 31, 2014 / 9:12 am

The worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 deaths in West Africa as the World Health Organization on Thursday announced dozens of new fatalities. In Sierra Leone, President Ernest Bai Koroma vowed to quarantine sick patients at home and have authorities conduct house-to-house...

2 shot in office building

Jul 31, 2014 / 9:06 am

Chicago police say two people have been shot inside a downtown high-rise office building. Police spokesman Martin Maloney says two people were shot Thursday morning. No other details were immediately released, but an officer came out of the building in the city's business district saying the...

16,000 reservists called up

Jul 31, 2014 / 7:10 am

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel will destroy the Hamas tunnel network in the Gaza Strip "with or without a cease-fire," as the military called up another 16,000 reservists to pursue its campaign in the densely-populated territory. Netanyahu's vow came as...

10-month-old dies in hot car

Jul 30, 2014 / 8:26 pm

A Kansas man accused of leaving his 10-month-old foster child in a hot car where she died was charged Wednesday with murder. Seth M. Jackson, 29, of Wichita, made his first court appearance on a charge of with first-degree murder. An alternative count of second-degree murder was also...

Drone carries phones into prison

Jul 30, 2014 / 7:51 pm

A drone carrying cellphones, marijuana and other contraband into a U.S. maximum-security prison never made it inside the razor wire fence, and authorities said Wednesday they are looking for one of two people accused of trying to sneak it in. The search has been ongoing since April 21, when...

Small plane crashes killing 1

Jul 30, 2014 / 7:37 pm

A small plane has crashed in a San Diego shopping centre parking lot, killing one woman on board and injuring another. The single-engine Mooney M-20L went down around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in a parking lot that serves a Costco and a Target store in the Kearny Mesa neighbourhood. Police Lt....

Mysterious crop circle

Jul 30, 2014 / 11:33 am

Photo: Contributed - @Heidi_Sieber Thousands of people are trekking to a Bavarian farmer's field to check out a mysterious set of crop circles. The ornate design was discovered by a balloonist last week and news of the find quickly spread online. Farmer Christoph Huttner, who...

15 more killed, 150 wounded

Jul 30, 2014 / 9:31 am

Gaza health officials say 15 people have been killed and more than 150 wounded by an Israeli airstrike in a crowded shopping area. The Israeli military had no immediate comment. Gaza health ministry official Ashraf al-Kidra says the area was busy Wednesday because residents thought a...

Rats romp around Paris

Jul 30, 2014 / 8:30 am

Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp on the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers and scaring tourists. The hot weather in Paris has brought many picnicking visitors to the garden, whose garbage is a feast for the...

Shells hit UN school killing 15

Jul 30, 2014 / 6:53 am

Israeli tank shells slammed into a crowded U.N. school sheltering Gazans displaced by fighting on Wednesday, killing 15 and wounding 90 after tearing through the walls of two classrooms, a spokesman for a U.N. aid agency and a health official said. Israeli airstrikes and shelling also killed 40...

Rap concert stampede kills 33

Jul 30, 2014 / 6:53 am

Hundreds of people leaving a late-night rap concert on a beach in Guinea rushed to leave through a single exit, creating a stampede that killed at least 33 people, officials said Wednesday. The victims included children as young as 10, and most bodies brought to an overflowing morgue in the...

Landslide hits village

Jul 30, 2014 / 6:38 am

Torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried a remote village in western India Wednesday, sweeping away scores of houses and possibly trapping more than 150 people, officials said. About 100 rescuers had reached the area, but continuing rains and bad roads were hampering rescue...

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