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Russia counts cost of new economic sanctions

posted: 07/30/2014 11:08 a.m. Discuss

MOSCOW — Russia blasted the West's new economic sanctions Wednesday, accusing the U.S. of being "prosecutorial" in its drive to impose penalties on the country's key energy and finance sectors.

Ukraine official: Rebels lay mines near crash site

posted: 07/30/2014 8:15 a.m. Discuss

DONETSK, Ukraine — International observers turned back Wednesday after making another attempt to reach the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down in eastern Ukraine, and a government official said the area near the zone had been mined by pro-Russian separatists who control it.

Landslide hits Indian village; 150 feared trapped

posted: 07/30/2014 8:13 a.m. Discuss

NEW DELHI — Torrential rains triggered a huge landslide that buried a remote village in western India on Wednesday, sweeping away scores of houses and possibly trapping more than 150 people, officials said.

15 killed at Gaza U.N. school; Israel holds fire

posted: 07/30/2014 8:03 a.m. Discuss

JEBALIYA REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip — 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.

Gaza toll 128 in bloody day

posted: 07/30/2014 5:54 a.m. Comment 1

Israel unleashed its heaviest air and artillery assault of the Gaza fighting on Tuesday, destroying key symbols of Hamas control, shutting down the territory's only power plant and leaving at least 128 Palestinians dead on the bloodiest day of the 22-day conflict.

Joining EU, U.S. rolls out new Russia curbs

posted: 07/30/2014 5:49 a.m. Discuss

The European Union curbed Russia's access to bank financing and advanced technology in its widest-ranging sanctions yet over President Vladimir Putin's backing of separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine. The European move was followed hours later by new sanctions from the U.S.

Guns blaze as oil burns in Tripoli

posted: 07/30/2014 5:40 a.m. Discuss

Heavy gunfire between warring militias prevented firefighters from battling an inferno in Libya's capital Tuesday despite calls for a cease-fire to end the worst violence in the capital since the country's 2011 civil war.

Senators seek say in Iran nuclear negotiations

posted: 07/30/2014 5:35 a.m. Discuss

Senators on Tuesday told Obama administration officials that they want a say in the outcome of negotiations aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear program.

China investigates ex-party bigwig

posted: 07/30/2014 5:20 a.m. Discuss

President Xi Jinping's campaign against corruption among the Chinese elite took public aim Tuesday at its biggest target so far, when the Communist Party announced an investigation of Zhou Yongkang, the former head of domestic security.

EU details Kosovo war abuse

posted: 07/30/2014 5:19 a.m. Discuss

A special European Union prosecutor said Tuesday that he had "compelling indications" that up to 10 captives were killed to have their organs harvested for illegal trafficking and black market sale during the 1998-99 Kosovo war.

Filipino dad, boy die; attack toll 23

posted: 07/30/2014 5:17 a.m. Discuss

A 3-year-old boy and his father died from wounds suffered in an attack by Abu Sayyaf extremists on Filipinos celebrating the end of Ramadan, raising the toll Tuesday to 23 dead, officials said.

Ukraine, rebels trade blame as shelling kills more

posted: 07/30/2014 5:13 a.m. Discuss

Shells smashed into a residential neighborhood of Donetsk on Tuesday as Ukrainian forces intensified their campaign to encircle the rebel stronghold. The shelling killed at least two people, blew gaping holes in an apartment block and raised fears that the city is on the verge of severe bloodshed.

U.S. blocks Kurdish oil from Texas

posted: 07/30/2014 5:06 a.m. Discuss

The U.S. has barred a shipment of Kurdish crude oil from reaching the Texas coast in a move related to concerns that independent oil sales from Kurdistan could further weaken Iraq's fragile central government as it struggles to contain a Sunni military offensive.

The World in Brief

posted: 07/30/2014 4:59 a.m. Discuss

2nd Ebola medic dies; airline flights cut FREETOWN, Sierra Leone -- A leading virologist who risked his own life to treat dozens of Ebola patients died Tuesday from the disease, officials said, as a major regional airline announced it was suspending flights to the cities hardest hit by an outbreak that has killed more than 670 people.

U.S. claim of Russian missile test casts cloud over '87 nuke treaty

posted: 07/30/2014 4 a.m. Discuss

The Obama administration's accusation that Russia violated a key nuclear weapons treaty leaves the future of the 26-year-old accord in question and further dampens President Barack Obama's hopes for deeper cuts to nuclear arsenals.

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