August 1st, 2014

World News

At least 35 Palestinians killed, Israeli soldier feared captured, as Gaza truce unravels

By Ibrahim Barzak And Daniel Estrin, The Associated Press on August 1st, 2014

GAZA, Palestinian Territories – A Gaza ceasefire quickly unravelled Friday as violence erupted in and around the southern town of Rafah, with 35 Palestinians killed by Israeli shelling and the military saying one of its soldiers may have been abducted. Israel and Hamas accused each other of breaking the ceasefire, which had been announced by ... Read More »

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Israeli army says soldier ‘feared’ captured in Gaza as truce unravels

By Daniel Estrin, The Associated Press on August 1st, 2014

The Israeli army says one of its soldiers is “feared” captured by Gaza militants, hours after a Hamas-Israel cease fire in the coastal strip unravelled. The soldier went missing shortly after a Gaza official said at least 35 Palestinians were killed in Israeli shelling in and around the southern Gaza town of Rafah today. The ... Read More »

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Taiwan gas pipeline blasts kill 25, injure 267, leaving gouged streets filled with debris

By Gladys Tsai, The Associated Press on August 1st, 2014

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan – Heavy machinery pulled vehicles from huge trenches gouged by explosions along an underground pipeline in Taiwan’s second-largest city that killed at least 25 people and injured 267. The series of five explosions from about midnight Thursday to early Friday struck a densely populated industrial district in the port of Kaohsiung where petrochemical ... Read More »

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Ugandan court invalidates anti-gay measure because of lack of quorum in parliament

By Rodney Muhumuza, The Associated Press on August 1st, 2014

KAMPALA, Uganda – A Ugandan court has invalidated an anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year, saying it was illegally passed and is therefore unconstitutional. The panel of five judges on the East African country’s constitutional Court said the speaker of parliament acted illegally when she went ahead to allow a vote on the ... Read More »

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Expert: ‘Mini tornado’ caused accident that killed New York skydiver and injured instructor

By The Associated Press on August 1st, 2014

CALVERTON, N.Y. – A safety expert for a national skydiving association says a “mini tornado” caused the accident that killed a correction officer and injured his instructor during a tandem jump. Gary Messina died in the accident Wednesday afternoon at Skydive Long Island in Calverton. His instructor, Christopher Scott, was critically injured. Rich Winstock tells ... Read More »

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Official says at least 27 Palestinians are killed by Israeli tank fire

By Ibrahim Barzak And Daniel Estrin, The Associated Press on August 1st, 2014

GAZA, Palestinian Territories – A Palestinian official says Israeli shelling has killed at least 27 Palestinians in southern Gaza as an Israel-Hamas truce unravelled less hours after coming into effect. Health Ministry official Ashraf al-Kidra told The Associated Press that more than 100 Palestinians were wounded as a result of the Israeli shelling on Friday ... Read More »

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Explosion flattens security headquarters in eastern Libyan city

By The Associated Press on August 1st, 2014

BENGHAZI, Libya – Witnesses say a strong explosion ripped through the main police building in Libya’s restive city of Benghazi, 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 pounded it with shelling. Friday’s blast appeared to ... Read More »

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Dozens of investigators reach Ukraine plane crash site to begin painstaking search for remains

By Mstyslav Chernov And Peter Leonard, The Associated Press on August 1st, 2014

HRABOVE, Ukraine – A team of several dozen international investigators descended Friday on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash site in eastern Ukraine to begin combing an area now designated as a crime scene. A few hours earlier, at least 10 Ukrainian soldiers were killed when their convoy was ambushed by pro-Russian separatist rebels in ... Read More »

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NewsAlert: Official says Israeli tank fire killed at least 27 Palestinians

By The Associated Press on August 1st, 2014

GAZA, Palestinian Territories – An official says Israeli tank fire has killed at least 27 Palestinians in southern Gaza. The firing came just hours after a three-day Gaza ceasefire began, with Israel and Hamas accusing each other of violating the truce. The ceasefire, announced by the U.S. and the U.N. hours earlier, took effect at ... Read More »

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Gaza truce unravels hours after it goes into force

By Ibrahim Barzak And Daniel Estrin, The Associated Press on August 1st, 2014

GAZA, Palestinian Territories – A three-day Gaza cease-fire that began Friday quickly unraveled, with Israel and Hamas accusing each other of violating the truce as four Palestinians were killed in a heavy exchange of fire in the southern town of Rafah. The cease-fire, announced by the U.S. and the U.N. hours earlier, took effect at ... Read More »

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