Body of young stowaway found in U.S. military plane in Germany

A stowaway aboard a military plane is a significant security breach. “Security is going to be looked at here. Obviously it would be,” Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said. “We try to provide as much security as we can for our aircraft when they’re operating in remote locations, and this will all be part of the investigation.”

Elegant Louvre Garden in Paris infested with rats


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.

Hamas demands for cease-fire and Israel’s concerns


Hamas rulers have presented a list of demands to stop their fire on Israel in the Gaza war. Israel has said it doesn’t want to reward Hamas for its rocket campaign, but has other reasons to oppose the demands — mostly based on security.

West African airline suspends flights amid Ebola

The West African airline that transported a passenger sick with Ebola last week says it’s now suspending flights to the capitals of Liberia and Sierra Leone, the two cities hardest hit by the disease.

15 killed, 90 injured as tank shells hit UN school in Gaza: officials


GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Several Israeli tank shells slammed into a crowded U.N. school used as shelter for refugees in the Gaza war early on Wednesday, killing at least 15 people and wounding 90, a Palestinian health official and a U.N. official said. The Israeli army had no immediate comment.

Israel targets Hamas symbols in heaviest strikes on Gaza in 3 weeks


GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli aircraft, tanks and navy gunboats targeted symbols of Hamas control in Gaza City early Tuesday in the heaviest night of bombardment in three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of a “prolonged” campaign in Gaza. The overnight strikes hit the home of the top Hamas leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, as well as government offices and the headquarters of the Hamas satellite TV station.

U.S. says Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty


WASHINGTON — In an escalation of tensions, the Obama administration accused Russia on Monday of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach “a very serious matter” and going public with allegations that have simmered for some time. The treaty confrontation comes at a highly strained time between President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin over Russia’s intervention in Ukraine and Putin’s grant of asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

Police team turns back from Ukraine crash site


Heavy fighting raged Monday around the Malaysia Airlines debris field, once again preventing an international police team charged with securing the site from even getting there.

Liberia president orders new anti-Ebola measures


Liberia’s president has closed all but three land border crossings, restricted public gatherings and quarantined communities heavily affected by the Ebola outbreak in the West African nation.

Israeli prime minister speaks of ‘prolonged’ campaign in Gaza


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that Israel must be ready for a “prolonged” military operation in the Gaza Strip and will “act aggressively and responsibly” until the mission is completed.

UN Security Council calls for “an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire” in Gaza

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council called for “an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire” in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas at an emergency meeting just after midnight Monday morning.

The council met as Muslims started celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking …

Israel extending truce for 24 hours as death toll crosses 1,000


BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas resumed rocket fire Saturday on Israel after rejecting Israel’s offer to extend a humanitarian cease-fire, the latest setback in international efforts to negotiate an end to the Gaza war.

Despite the Hamas rejection, Israel’s Cabinet decided to extend …

US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes


The United States shut down its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli as fighting intensified between rival militias, the State Department said.

What happened? The day Flight 17 was downed


SNIZHNE, Ukraine (AP) — It was lunchtime when a tracked launcher with four SA-11 surface-to-air missiles rolled into town and parked on Karapetyan Street. Fifteen hundred miles (2,400 kilometers) to the west, passengers were checking in for Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

It had been a …

Israel, Gaza agree to 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire


Israeli newspaper Haaretz is reporting that Israel has agreed to a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza to allow civilians to obtain food, water and restock hospitals with supplies. A spokesman for Hamas has told Reuters that the group has likewise agreed to a pause in hostilities.