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July 21, 2014 - 4:10pm
1 week 2 days ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — For almost two weeks, Israel practically bristled with confidence and pride: The Iron Dome air defense system was dependably zapping incoming Hamas rockets from the skies, the military was successfully repelling infiltration attempts on the ground and from the sea, and the conflict with Hamas was causing almost no casualties in Israel.

That has changed in what seems like a flash, after at least 25 soldiers were killed and scores injured — a predictable...

July 21, 2014 - 4:06pm
1 week 2 days ago

CAIRO (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Cairo to push for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.

Kerry will try to get the militant Palestinian group to accept a truce agreement that was offered by Egypt. It would stop nearly two weeks of fighting -- during which more than 500 Palestinians and 27 Israelis have been killed.

Also in Cairo is U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He's urging Israel and Hamas to end the fighting, and then...

July 21, 2014 - 4:00pm
1 week 2 days ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States is blasting Moscow for its support of separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine where the Malaysia Airlines plane went down, while welcoming Russia's support of a U.N. resolution calling for an investigation of the crash site.

U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power said that Monday's unanimous vote at the Security Council would not have been necessary had Russia used its leverage to get the Ukraine rebels it supports to let international...

July 21, 2014 - 3:55pm
1 week 2 days ago

EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Security officials in Egypt say suspected Islamic militants have gunned down two tribal leaders in the restive northern region of the Sinai Peninsula over their alleged connection to authorities.

The officials said that Sheik Ashtewi Maraheel and Hassan al-Baiera, both from the well-known Sawarka Bedouin tribe of the northern Sinai, were killed in two separate incidents in the town of Rafah after sunset Monday. The officials say that masked...

July 21, 2014 - 3:49pm
1 week 2 days ago

CAIRO (AP) — With high hopes but low expectations, the U.S. stepped up calls Monday for an international push to end fighting in the Gaza Strip as President Barack Obama sent his top envoy to the Mideast to help broker a new cease-fire between Israel and Hamas militants — the third since 2009.

Voicing fresh concern about civilian casualties, Obama reaffirmed his belief that Israel has the right to defend itself against a barrage of more than 1,500 rockets being launched...

July 21, 2014 - 3:45pm
1 week 2 days ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved an Australia-proposed resolution calling for an international investigation into the Malaysian plane downed over eastern Ukraine and an end to military activities around the site.

The council adopted the measure in a televised vote Monday after a weekend of intense negotiations and widespread pressure on Russia to vote yes.

It also demands unimpeded international access to the...

July 21, 2014 - 3:09pm
1 week 2 days ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia's U.N. envoy says his nation backs a resolution calling for an international investigation of the Malaysian plane downed in eastern Ukraine.

Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin's comments Monday ahead of a Security Council virtually assured the resolution would pass.

Diplomats had pressured a reluctant Russia to approve the Australia-proposed resolution that demands international access to the Ukraine plane crash site and a...

July 21, 2014 - 2:58pm
1 week 2 days ago

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait's government stripped five people of their citizenship Monday, including the owner of an independent newspaper and television station as well as a former opposition lawmaker.

The official Kuwait News Agency announced the decision by Kuwait's Cabinet, which approved a draft decree to revoke the five's citizenship. The state news agency did not give a reason for the Cabinet's decision.

A human rights lawyer in Kuwait said it...

July 21, 2014 - 2:29pm
1 week 2 days ago

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's president says Russia is acting as a "partner for terrorists" in eastern Ukraine and responsible for the downing of a Malaysian jetliner.

In the strongest comments to date from a Romanian official, the pro-US leader Traian Basescu said "the responsibility for the aviation tragedy in Ukraine belongs to groups of terrorists in Ukraine and in equal measure to Russia which made weapons available."

He said Monday that "...

July 21, 2014 - 2:18pm
1 week 2 days ago

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Several hundred pro-Palestinian protesters have demanded a halt to military action in Gaza during a peaceful protest near the Israeli embassy in the Cypriot capital.

Monday's protest was organized by left-wing trade unions and peace groups and included Turkish Cypriot activists from the ethnically divided island's breakaway north.

Riot police standing behind a cordon of barbed wire-topped fences prevented marching protesters...

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