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Humanitarian lull brokered for Gaza war

posted: 07/26/2014 2:48 a.m. Comment 1

JERUSALEM -- A 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza Strip will start this morning, the Israeli military said Friday night, hours after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said more work was needed to reach a deal between Israel and Hamas for a seven-day truce.

Black box found at Mali crash

posted: 07/26/2014 2:40 a.m. Discuss

PARIS -- French soldiers recovered a flight recorder Friday that they hope will help them determine the cause of the crash of an Air Algerie plane in a desolate region of restive northern Mali, officials said.

Sinai attackers kill 2 Egyptian officers

posted: 07/26/2014 2:39 a.m. Discuss

Gunmen shot and killed two senior Egyptian officers in the country’s volatile Sinai Peninsula where the military has been trying to quell a spreading insurgency by Islamic militants, a security official said.

Iraqi cleric: Leaders need not 'cling' to posts

posted: 07/26/2014 2:38 a.m. Discuss

Iraq’s most influential Shiite cleric made a thinly veiled appeal to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to step down, calling upon political leaders Friday not to “cling” to their posts at the expense of political stability as lawmakers struggle to form a new government that can tackle rising violence in the country.

Australia to move asylum seekers off boat

posted: 07/26/2014 2:33 a.m. Discuss

A group of Sri Lankan asylum seekers that has been languishing on board an Australian customs vessel for weeks will temporarily be taken to Australia’s mainland and may be sent to India, Australia’s government said Friday.

Afghan Taliban: More war if U.S. stays

posted: 07/26/2014 2:27 a.m. Discuss

KABUL, Afghanistan -- The Taliban's leader warned Friday that a bilateral security pact allowing thousands of U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond the end of this year will mean more fighting.

Russia denies firing into Ukraine

posted: 07/26/2014 2:27 a.m. Discuss

KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukraine and Russia traded accusations of cross-border shelling Friday as the U.S. said Russia has moved 12,000 troops onto the frontier and there are signs it's planning to supply heavier weapons to rebels in eastern Ukraine.

The World in Brief

posted: 07/26/2014 2:20 a.m. Discuss

S. Korea catches ferry-disaster fugitive

Australia, Netherlands ready to secure crash site

posted: 07/25/2014 9:57 a.m. Discuss

KHARKIV, Ukraine — A small group of Dutch and Australian investigators walked the sprawling, unsecured site where Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 went down as their governments prepared police detachments they hope can help protect the crash area and help bring the last of the victims home.

5 killed in West Bank, amid new Gaza truce efforts

updated: 07/25/2014 10:57 a.m. Discuss

JERUSALEM — The U.N. chief and the U.S. secretary of state made a new attempt Friday to nail down a temporary truce between Israel and Hamas, as Israel’s 18-day military operation in the Gaza Strip fueled new unrest in the West Bank, where five Palestinians were killed during protests.

Black box found at Air Algerie wreckage site

posted: 07/25/2014 8 a.m. Discuss

PARIS — 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 on board is bad weather.

Ukraine reports overnight rebel attacks on border

posted: 07/25/2014 7:59 a.m. Discuss

MOSCOW — The Ukrainian army Friday claimed that soldiers came under artillery fire from the Russian side of the border overnight and were attacked by rebels in several other places in the restive east.

Strike kills 15 seeking safety at Gaza school

posted: 07/25/2014 4:10 a.m. Comments 13

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- A United Nations school in Gaza crowded with hundreds of Palestinians seeking refuge from fierce fighting came under fire Thursday, leaving at least 15 civilians dead.

Algeria jetliner vanishes; wreckage spotted in Mali

posted: 07/25/2014 4:01 a.m. Discuss

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso -- An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people crashed early Thursday in a rainstorm over restive Mali, and its wreckage was found near the border of neighboring Burkina Faso, officials said.

Court: Poland violated rights

posted: 07/25/2014 3:46 a.m. Discuss

WARSAW, Poland -- Europe's top human-rights court ruled Thursday that Poland violated the rights of two terror suspects by allowing the CIA to secretly imprison them on Polish soil in 2002-03 and by facilitating the conditions under which they were subjected to torture.

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