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Scars show as Gaza's children endure third war

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 09:11 AM

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The children of the Attar clan have lived through three wars in just over five years, each time fleeing their homes as Israel bombarded their neighborhood in the Palestinian Gaza Strip.

Their psychological scars show. Some act out, others cling to their mothers or withdraw, like 12-year-old Ahmed who sat by himself Monday on a bench in the courtyard of a U.N. school where his family once again sought shelter.

"They bombed very close to my house," said the boy, looking down and avoiding eye contact. "I'm scared."

Hundreds arrested in Somalia security sweep

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 08:36 AM

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — More than 200 suspects were arrested Tuesday in a security sweep aimed at stemming a wave of militant attacks in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, said a senior police official.

Soldiers manned checkpoints in Mogadishu's northern outskirts, where most of the streets were empty amid the ongoing operation.

UK regulator imposes caps on payday loans

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 08:15 AM

LONDON (AP) — Britain's financial regulator on Tuesday announced new limitations on what payday lenders can charge their customers, the latest step in moves to tackle poor conduct in the short-term credit industry.

The Financial Conduct Authority says Tuesday that from January, payday loan rates must not exceed a daily rate of 0.8 percent of the amount borrowed — significantly lower than what many lenders currently charge.

Juncker elected as new EU Commission President

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 08:03 AM

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Parliament has elected former Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker as the new leader of the 28-nation bloc's executive arm.

Lawmakers in Strasbourg on Tuesday voted 422-250 for the 59-year-old who will take over as European Commission President in November from the incumbent, Jose Manuel Barroso of Portugal. The results were announced by the parliament's president, Martin Schulz.

Libya considers calling for international troops

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 07:45 AM

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's interim government says it is considering requesting the international community to send troops to the country after three days of fighting destroyed large parts of the capital's airport.

In a statement posted on its official website early Tuesday, the government also urged all rival parties to cease hostilities, saying commanders who violate its orders would face charges of "crimes against humanity." It added that a national committee would supervise the withdrawal of militias from the airport area to outside the city.

Typhoon shifts slightly from Manila, leaves 1 dead

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 07:34 AM

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Typhoon Rammasun strengthened overnight, leaving at least one person dead and knocking out power in many areas, but its fierce wind shifted slightly Wednesday to spare the Philippine capital, Manila, and densely populated northern provinces from being directly pummeled, officials said.

Iran report: 2 pilots killed in fighter crash

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 07:30 AM

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian news agency says one of the country's F-4 fighter jets has crashed in southern Iran and that the two pilots on board were killed.

The report by the semi-official ISNA news agency says the aircraft went down near a lake, shortly after taking off from a military air base in Shiraz around noon on Tuesday. Shiraz is 680 kilometers (420 miles) south of the capital, Tehran.

Gen. Hossein Mohammadi, a provincial military chief, says an investigation is underway at the scene of the crash.

Iraqi parliament breaks deadlock to elect speaker

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 07:16 AM

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi lawmakers broke two weeks of deadlock Tuesday and elected a moderate Sunni as speaker of parliament, taking the first step toward forming a new government that is widely seen as crucial to confronting militants who have overrun much of the country.

AP Exclusive: North Korea pushes farmers for more

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 07:08 AM

CHANGPYONG RI, North Korea (AP) — Rim Ok Hua looks out over her patch of farm just across the Tumen River from China, where rows of lush, green young potato plants stretch into the distance.

As North Korean farmers go, Rim is exceptionally lucky. The Changpyong Cooperative Farm where she works is mechanized, has 500 pigs to provide fertilizer and uses the best available seeds, originally brought in from Switzerland. In most fields throughout the country, farmers work the fields by hand, or behind bony oxen.

Kerry cites big gaps in nuclear talks with Iran

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 07:01 AM

VIENNA (AP) — The fate of a possible landmark nuclear deal with Iran sank further into limbo Tuesday, with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry noting "very real gaps" ahead of a July 20 target date for a deal meant to put firm curbs on Tehran's atomic program.

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