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July 26, 2014 - 2:01am
17 min 56 sec ago

HONG KONG (AP) — As skyscrapers around Hong Kong harbor erupted into a reverie of laser beams and giant digital displays during their synchronized nightly light show, one innocuous 28-story building near the water's edge had stayed dark for months, clad in bamboo scaffolding for a face-lift.

Then, in June, the renovated tower came to life, flashing giant Chinese characters that some in Hong Kong saw as a warning.

"People's Liberation Army," it said...

July 26, 2014 - 2:00am
17 min 56 sec ago

HONG KONG (AP) — As skyscrapers around Hong Kong harbor erupted into a reverie of laser beams and giant digital displays during their synchronized nightly light show, one innocuous 28-story building near the water's edge had stayed dark for months, clad in bamboo scaffolding for a face-lift.

Then, in June, the renovated tower came to life, flashing giant Chinese characters that some in Hong Kong saw as a warning.

"People's Liberation Army," it said...

July 26, 2014 - 1:32am
17 min 56 sec ago

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire has begun to allow civilians in Gaza to receive aid and evacuate to safer areas.

The Israeli military says Saturday's 12-hour pause began at 8 a.m. (1:00 a.m. EST, 0500 GMT). It warned the military "shall respond if terrorists choose to exploit" the lull to attack Israeli troops or civilians. The military said "operational activities to locate and neutralize tunnels in the Gaza Strip will continue."...

July 25, 2014 - 10:25pm
47 min 51 sec ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — Despite fruitless attempts by diplomats to achieve a weeklong truce in the fighting in Gaza, Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 12-hour humanitarian cease fire to begin Saturday morning.

Secretary of State John Kerry had sought the longer pause in order to give regional players time to develop a long-term cease-fire.

Israel wants more time to destroy Hamas military tunnels and rocket launching sites in Gaza. Militants there have fired...

July 25, 2014 - 7:12pm
5 hours 47 min ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza will start Saturday morning.

The military says in a statement that the lull will start at 8 a.m. local time Saturday and end at 8 p.m. local time. The statement warns that the military "shall respond if terrorists choose to exploit" the lull to attack Israeli troops "or fire at Israeli civilians." It also says that "operational activities to locate and neutralize tunnels in the Gaza...

July 25, 2014 - 7:07pm
5 hours 47 min ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the independent U.N. commission on Syrian war crimes said Friday that commanders of the Islamic State extremist group are "good candidates" to be put on a confidential list of alleged perpetrators.

Brazilian diplomat and scholar Paulo Sergio Pinheiro said the al-Qaida breakaway group, which now controls a swath of north and eastern Syria, has carried out public executions, crucifixions and other "gross human rights violations."...

July 25, 2014 - 5:41pm
6 hours 17 min ago

PARIS (AP) — More than a half-dozen foreign ministers including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will hold a meeting in France to press for a cease-fire in Gaza.

The French Foreign Ministry said Friday that Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, along with his counterparts from Britain, Germany, Italy, the European Union, Turkey and Qatar, will attend the Saturday meeting.

Besides supporting an Egyptian cease-fire plan — rejected by Gaza's militant Hamas...

July 25, 2014 - 4:21pm
7 hours 27 min ago

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko says the government of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk will face a vote of confidence in a special session of Parliament next week.

Poroshenko made the announcement Friday after meeting with parliamentary leaders after Yatsensyuk said the day before that he was stepping down.

Yatsenyuk said he was resigning after two parties left the coalition supporting the government, raising the...

July 25, 2014 - 3:52pm
9 hours 37 min ago

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's Shiite rebels battling their conservative Sunni rivals from one of the country's largest tribes have pulled out of a northern city they captured earlier this month, the rebels' spokesman said Friday.

The spokesman, Mohammed Abdul-Salam, said the Hawthi rebels handed over the provincial capital of Amran to the central government, reflecting a military loss for their rivals, the powerful Hashid tribesmen who had previously controlled the city....

July 25, 2014 - 2:56pm
7 hours 17 min ago

CAIRO (AP) — The third Gaza war is playing out much like the first one more than five years ago: The harrowing civilian toll in Gaza is now at the center of the discourse, eclipsing the rocket attacks by Hamas militants that were the stated reason for the Israeli assault.

Then as now, a question persists: Beyond the carnage, are Israel's airstrikes against civilian locations achieving anything at all?

It ended messily for Israel in 2009. A U.N....

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