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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 the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. The pressure for a cease-fire followed new attacks launched by Israel and Hamas on Sunday despite going back and forth over proposals for another temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting. A 12-hour lull Saturday, agreed to by both sides following intense U.S. and United Nations … ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Israel extending truce for 24 hours as death toll crosses 1,000 ]]> Lead story image

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 a truce for 24 hours, until midnight (2100 GMT) Sunday. However, it warned that its military would respond to any fire from Gaza and would continue to demolish Hamas military tunnels during this period. A temporary lull on Saturday saw Palestinians return to neighborhoods reduced to rubble and allowed medics to collect close to 150 … ]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 17:58:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:52:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ What happened? The day Flight 17 was downed ]]> Lead story image

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 noisy day in this eastern Ukrainian town, residents recounted. Plenty of military equipment was moving through. But still it was hard to miss the bulky missile system, also known as a Buk M-1. It left deep tread marks in the asphalt as it rumbled by in a small convoy. The vehicles stopped in front of … ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:08:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Israel, Gaza agree to 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:20:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ Air Canada plane told to circle Tel Aviv airport ]]>

An Air Canada flight had to circle Tel Aviv’s airport for 10 minutes after air traffic control said the conditions needed to be confirmed as safe for landing. ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:16:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Black box found at Air Algerie wreckage site ]]> Lead story image

French soldiers secured a black box from the Air Algerie wreckage site in a desolate region of restive northern Mali on Friday, the French president said. Terrorism hasn’t been ruled out as a cause, although officials say the most likely reason for the catastrophe that killed all onboard is bad weather. ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:46:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ 15 dead as UN school caught in Gaza cross-fire ]]> Lead story image

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside, Palestinian officials said, as Israel pressed forward with its 17-day war against the territory’s Hamas rulers. The U.N. said the strike occurred as staff members were trying to arrange a humanitarian pause in the hostilities so they could evacuate the civilians from the compound in the northern town of Beit Hanoun. The Israeli military said it was reviewing the … ]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:44:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ukrainian prime minister announces resignation ]]>

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has announced his resignation following turmoil in government. Yatsenyuk made the announcement from the dais of the parliament after two parties said they would pull out of the governing coalition. “I am announcing my resignation in connect with the collapse of the coalition,” Yatsenyuk said. He said the parliament could no longer do its work and pass necessary laws. The nationalist Svoboda party and the UDAR movement led by former boxer Vladimir Klitscho pulled out of the group of legislators that took over after former President Viktor Yanukovich was ousted by protesters … ]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:18:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ French minister: Missing Air Algerie flight ‘probably crashed’ ]]> Lead story image

ALGIERS, Algeria — An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria’s capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali, officials said. France’s foreign minister said no wreckage had been found, but that the plane “probably crashed.” ]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:56:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ US pushes for truce as Israel/Palestine battle tops 700 dead ]]> Lead story image

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town as the top U.S. diplomat reported progress in efforts to end fighting that has so far killed more than 680 Palestinians and 34 Israelis. But neither side appeared to be backing down, after Palestinian rocket fire led several international airlines to cancel flights to Tel Aviv and Israeli troops clashed with Hamas near the Gaza town of Khan Younis in heavy fighting that forced dozens of families to flee. Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal later demanded Gaza’s borders be open and an … ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:27:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ UN human rights official warns of possible Gaza war crimes ]]> Lead story image

he U.N.’s top human rights official demanded Wednesday that all sides in the two-week war in the Gaza Strip refrain from indiscriminate attacks on civilians, warning that violations may amount to war crimes. ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:45:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hamas leader open to truce if blockade of Gaza ends ]]> Lead story image

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal is calling for the opening of Gaza’s borders and the end of a more than seven-year-long blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt on the Palestinian strip. Striking a defiant tone, he said Wednesday that Gaza is fighting an occupying force and that the Palestinians are “the true owners of the land.” He says Hamas cannot abandon its terms in a cease-fire agreement, and can accept a humanitarian truce that is supported by a genuine relief program for the besieged Gaza Strip. Meshaal, spoke from exile to reporters in Qatar, Doha. Israeli troops … ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:28:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ FAA continues ban on US flights to Tel Aviv ]]>

The Federal Aviation Administration says it will continue its ban on U.S. airline flights to Tel Aviv while assessing the danger of rocket attacks. ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:20:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ U.S.: Russia ‘created the conditions’ that led to shooting down plane ]]>

Senior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday that Russia was responsible for “creating the conditions” that led to the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but they offered no evidence of direct Russian government involvement. The intelligence officials were cautious in their assessment, noting that while the Russians have been arming separatists in eastern Ukraine, the U.S. had no direct evidence that the missile used to shoot down the passenger jet came from Russia. ]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:11:50 -0500