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More than 100 Palestinians killed in four-day Israeli offensive

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 11, 2014 - 10:01 AM

JERUSALEM (AP) — The number of Palestinians killed in Israel's massive air campaign in Gaza is now over 100.

One airstrike today hit the home of a well-known Islamic Jihad leader. In the southern Gaza city of Rafah, residents sifted through the remains of a four-story building that was hit, and scattered for cover as another airstrike landed nearby.

Ukraine: 19 troops killed by rebels

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 11, 2014 - 10:00 AM

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — There's been a deadly attack today on Ukrainian troops by pro-Russia rebels. Ukraine's Defense Ministry says rebels fired missiles at government troops near the Russian border, killing at least 19 servicemen.

The statement revised an earlier ministry report of 30 troops killed in the pre-dawn attack at a forward operating base. Rocket attacks on army encampments and checkpoints have become an almost daily occurrence.

The Defense Ministry adds that four other troops died elsewhere in eastern Ukraine.

Burberry investors revolt over CEO pay deal

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 11, 2014 - 09:56 AM

LONDON (AP) — Shareholders of luxury British fashion house Burberry have voted to reject a multimillion-pound pay package for the brand's new chief.

Results of voting at Burberry's annual general meeting Friday showed that 52.7 percent of shareholders protested the earnings Christopher Bailey is expected to receive.

UN doubts legality of Israeli air campaign

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 11, 2014 - 09:39 AM

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s top human rights official says she is alarmed that Israel's air campaign in Gaza may violate international laws prohibiting the targeting of civilians.

Navi Pillay says the Israeli military, which claims to have hit more than 1,100 targets that it says are mostly rocket-launching sites, and the Gaza militants, who have fired more than 550 rockets against Israel, must abide by international law.

British teenager admits killing teacher in class

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 11, 2014 - 09:10 AM

LONDON (AP) — A British teenager who stabbed his teacher to death in a classroom has admitted responsibility for the killing.

The boy's defense lawyer, Richard Wright, said Friday the 16-year-old "accepted responsibility for the unlawful killing" of Spanish teacher Ann Maguire but didn't enter a plea.

The death of the 61-year-old Maguire was the first killing of a teacher in a British school since the 1996 Dunblane massacre in which a lone gunman killed 16 children and their teacher.

Uganda anti-gay ruling criticized as 'flawed'

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 11, 2014 - 08:31 AM

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Human Rights Watch is criticizing a Ugandan court's decision against gay activists who sued a Ugandan official for violating their rights.

The group said the court's decision is "deeply flawed" and violates the activists' right to freedom of assembly.

Four Ugandan gay activists had challenged in court the legality of Ethics Minister Simon Lokodo's action to close their workshop and his threats to arrest the participants in 2012.

Erdogan: no normalizing of ties with Israel

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 11, 2014 - 08:31 AM

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president on Friday called on Israel to halt its offensive on the Gaza Strip and not to carry out a ground incursion, while the prime minister said there can be no normalizing of Turkish-Israeli ties as long as Israel's actions continue.

"I would like to remind Israel that (a ground operation) would lead to dangerous developments and sow the seeds of hatred," President Abdullah Gul said on his way out of a mosque following Friday prayers.

"Such an escalation could lead to chaos in our region," he said

Syrian rebels attack defense minister's village

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 11, 2014 - 08:26 AM

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say rebels have attacked the village of the country's defense minister and captured parts of it.

Activists say the attack began Friday with a suicide bombing that targeted a checkpoint in the village of Rahjan in the central province of Hama.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says rebels then entered parts of the village, killing 18 soldiers and pro-government gunmen.

A look at who's running in Slovenia vote

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 11, 2014 - 08:07 AM

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia is holding an early parliamentary election on Sunday to choose its third government in three years. The EU-member country was forced into a vote after the outgoing prime minister, Alenka Bratusek, lost a power struggle within her party and resigned.

A new party is leading in opinion polls but appears far from majority support, and another coalition government is the likely outcome.

Iraqi Kurds take over 2 northern oil fields

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 11, 2014 - 08:06 AM

BAGHDAD (AP) — Kurdish security forces took over two major oil fields outside the disputed northern city of Kirkuk before dawn Friday, Iraq's Oil Ministry said, the latest move in a deepening a dispute with the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Oil Ministry spokesman Assem Jihad denounced the takeover of the Bai Hassan and Kirkuk oil fields as "a violation to the constitution" and warned that it poses "a threat to national unity." He said Kurdish troops moved in and expelled local workers from the two sites.

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