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Israel: 12-hour Gaza cease-fire to start Saturday

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 25, 2014 - 07:12 PM

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 Strip will continue."

War crimes commission takes aim at Islamic State

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 25, 2014 - 07:07 PM

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."

France to host meeting on Gaza cease-fire talks

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 25, 2014 - 05:41 PM

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.

Ukrainian president: Confidence vote Thursday

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 25, 2014 - 04:21 PM

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 possibility of early elections.

Yemen's Shiite rebels pull out of northern city

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 25, 2014 - 03:52 PM

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.

AP ANALYSIS: Old story, new twists in Gaza war

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 25, 2014 - 02:56 PM

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?

Ebola outbreak spreads to 4th West African country

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 25, 2014 - 02:48 PM

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — An Ebola outbreak that has left more than 660 people dead across West Africa has spread to the continent's most populous nation after a Liberian man with a high fever vomited aboard an airplane to Nigeria and then died there, officials said Friday.

The 40-year-old man had recently lost his sister to Ebola in Liberia, health officials there said. It was not immediately clear how he managed to board a flight, but he was moved into an isolation ward upon arrival in Nigeria on Tuesday and died on Friday.

Russia: McDonald's food has 'too many calories'

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 25, 2014 - 02:48 PM

MOSCOW (AP) — Nearly a quarter-century after McDonald's startled and delighted Soviets with their first taste of American fast-food culture, the company's now facing a suit that could ban it from selling some of its signature products.

The Russian consumer protection agency said Friday it is taking the company to court for selling foods that contain more fats and carbohydrates than are allowed by national regulations.

McDonald's did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

What happened? The day Flight 17 was downed

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 25, 2014 - 02:20 PM

SNIZHNE, Ukraine (AP) — It was lunchtime when a tracked launcher with four SA-11 surface-to-air missiles rolled into town and parked on Karapetyan Street. Fifteen hundred miles (2,400 kilometers) to the west, passengers were checking in for Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

It had been a noisy day in this eastern Ukrainian town, residents recounted. Plenty of military equipment was moving through. But still it was hard to miss the bulky missile system, also known as a Buk M-1. It left deep tread marks in the asphalt as it rumbled by in a small convoy.

French investigators head to Mali crash site

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 25, 2014 - 02:20 PM

PARIS (AP) — French investigators are due to arrive tomorrow at the scene of a plane crash in the northwest African country of Mali. In the meantime, more than 200 troops are guarding the site, in a desolate and restive region of the country.

Terrorism hasn't been ruled out as the cause, although officials say bad weather is the most likely reason for the crash, which killed all 118 people on board. Nearly half of the victims were French.

Soldiers today recovered one of the two flight recorders.

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