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Officials: US citizen killed by bandits in Haiti

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 07:35 PM

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — U.S. officials say an American citizen of Haitian descent was killed by armed robbers shortly after arriving in her Caribbean homeland to visit relatives.

The U.S. State Department on Thursday identified the victim as Myriam Saint Germain. She lived in Boston, Massachusetts, and had worked as a health assistant at Harvard University the last five years. She had two children.

Officials with Haiti's national police declined to provide information about the investigation into the killing.


Power gradually being restored in Colombia city

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 06:51 PM

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Authorities in Colombia say electricity is gradually being restored in the port city of Buenaventura, which was blacked out Monday night when suspected rebels blew up a transmission tower.

Pacific Power Co. said Thursday that a team of more than 50 workers installed an emergency tower over three days so electricity could again start feeding into the Pacific coast city that is home to about 400,000 people. Priority for power service is being given to health institutions and security facilities.


Judge won't free Russian accused of hacking in US

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 06:43 PM

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A federal judge in the U.S. territory of Guam has denied a motion to release a Russian man accused of hacking computers inside hundreds of U.S. businesses.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood made the ruling on Thursday involving defendant Roman Seleznev, who faces charges in Washington state.

Documents filed in federal court in Seattle allege Seleznev hacked into retailers' computers, installed malicious software and stole credit card numbers from 2009 to 2011.


US, UN announce deal on 72-hour Gaza cease-fire

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 06:30 PM

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire beginning Friday, during which time there will be negotiations on a more durable truce in the 24-day-old Gaza war, the United States and United Nations announced Thursday.

The announcement came hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to destroy Hamas' tunnel network "with or without a cease-fire" and as the Palestinian death toll soared past 1,400. There was no immediate Israeli comment on the announcement.


Judge won't free Russian accused of hacking in US

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 06:02 PM

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A federal judge in the U.S. territory of Guam denied a motion Thursday to release a Russian lawmaker's son accused of hacking computers inside hundreds of U.S. businesses.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood ruled her court had jurisdiction over the case against Roman Seleznev and allowed it to move forward, even though his lawyers had filed a motion to dismiss.


US, UN announce deal on Gaza cease-fire

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 05:33 PM

NEW DELHI (AP) — Israel and Hamas have agreed to a humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza to start Friday morning for 72 hours, although Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned that the lull in violence did not guarantee an end to the conflict.

"This is not a time for congratulations or joy or anything except a serious determination — a focus by everybody to try to figure out the road ahead," Kerry said in New Delhi, where he was meeting with Indian officials. "This is a respite. It is a moment of opportunity, not an end."


Gas explosions kill 20, injure 270 in Taiwan

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 03:46 PM

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A series of underground gas explosions killed 20 people and injured 270 others late Thursday in Taiwan's second-largest city, authorities said.

The National Fire Agency said five firefighters were among the dead. Taiwan's Central News Agency reported that firefighters had been at the scene investigating reports of a gas leak when the explosions occurred.

Taiwan's Premier Jiang Yi-huah said at least five blasts shook the streets of Kaohsiung, a southwestern port city of 2.8 million.


Israeli reservists will relieve Gaza troops

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 03:29 PM

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli defense official says the 16,000 additional reservists who are being called up will provide relief for troops who are currently fighting in Gaza. But Israeli officials have said they don't rule out expanding the Gaza operation in the coming days.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is vowing to destroy the Hamas tunnel network. Israel says most of the 32 tunnels it has found have now been demolished, and that getting rid of the rest will take no more than a few days.


Dutch retrieve DNA of some Ukraine crash victims

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 03:24 PM

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The head of the Dutch-led international team investigating the Malaysian Airline Flight 17 disaster says his group has retrieved additional DNA samples from 25 victims at a mortuary in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine.

Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg said from Kiev Wednesday the team had also recovered personal belongings of 27 victims at the mortuary.

Flight 17 was shot down in an area held by pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine on July 17, killing all 298 people on board.


Canada man accused in killings fit to stand trial

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 03:19 PM

MONCTON, New Brunswick (AP) — A man charged with fatally shooting three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers and wounding two others in June has been found fit to stand trial.

Justin Bourque, 24, faces three first-degree murder charges and two counts of attempted murder in connection with the shootings.

The killings and ensuing manhunt brought the city of Moncton, New Brunswick, to a near-standstill until an arrest was made about 30 hours later.


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