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Israel pummels Gaza in retaliation for Hamas rocket attacks

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 23:37
Israeli warplanes launched 160 overnight raids and continued to pound targets in the Gaza Strip Wednesday as a major campaign to stop volleys of Palestinian rocket fire entered its second day, leaving more than 30 people dead and 150 wounded.

Sarkozy's UMP party 'almost €80 million in debt'

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 14:47
The conservative UMP party of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy must cut costs and seek new lines of credit as its debts rose to almost €80 million ($109 million), an independent audit concluded on Tuesday.

Germany trounce Brazil 7-1 to reach World Cup final

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 12:31
Germany scored five goals in 18 astonishing first-half minutes on their way to a 7-1 semi-final mauling of Brazil on Tuesday setting a string of records and leaving the host nation's fans angry and bewildered.

Somalia's al Shabaab 'enters presidential compound' in major assault

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 11:40
Somalia's Islamist al Shabaab rebels claimed to have gained entry to the presidential palace after a major assault on Tuesday. A palace official confirmed the militants had entered the compound but said most of the insurgents had been killed.

Moment of truth for Brazil in semi-final clash with Germany

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 09:23
With the hopes of 200 million people resting on their shoulders, hosts Brazil face their toughest test yet when they take on Germany in the semi-finals of the World Cup in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday night.

French delight in Britain’s Tour de France enthusiasm

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 07:18
The Tour de France has come home from its English expedition, an opening trip that has impressed the French no end.

Israel steps up Gaza offensive, readies 40,000 reservists

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 03:15
Israel on Tuesday launched its largest offensive in the Gaza Strip in nearly two years, carrying out a deadly aerial assault on over 160 Gazan targets, and approving the mobilization of 40,000 reservists for a possible ground offensive.

FIFA partner arrested over World Cup tickets scam

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 01:45
Brazilian police arrested on Monday a British executive of the Swiss-based FIFA partner company handling World Cup ticket packages, accusing him of leading a network that illegally sold game passes.

Japan on highest alert as typhoon Neoguri closes in

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 23:54
Japanese authorities cancelled flights and urged thousands to evacuate on Tuesday as weather forecasters warned the country to brace for one of the worst storms in years.

Israeli army launches fresh offensive on Gaza

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 12:53
Israel launched airstrikes early on Tuesday on the Gaza Strip following a series of rocket attacks by the militant group, Hamas. A Palestinian official reported that the Israeli army offensive had injured at least nine Palestinians.

French police smash illegal Bitcoin exchange

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 11:26
French police have dismantled an illegal Bitcoin exchange, placing two people under formal investigation and seizing 388 virtual currency units worth some 200,000 euros, in the first such operation in Europe, a public prosecutor said Monday.

'Palestine's vision of peace is clear,' Abbas tells Haaretz

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 11:03
We believe that no just and lasting peace can be achieved without respecting the rights of everyone, including both Palestinians and Israelis, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas writes in Haaretz.

Ghani leads Abdullah in presidential run-off, initial results show

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 09:14
Former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani has won Afghanistan's presidential run-off with 56.4% of the vote to the 43.5% garnered by former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah, preliminary results released on Monday showed.

Anger as Algerian soldiers confirmed for France’s ‘Bastille Day’ parade

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 08:50
Three representatives of the Algerian military will take part in France’s “Bastille Day” celebrations on July 14, a decision that has caused anger among far-right groups as well as in the former French colony.

Three suspects 'confess' to murder of Palestinian teen

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 06:34
Three out of the six suspects arrested for the murder of Palestinian Mohammed Abu Khdeir, 16, in a suspected revenge killing for the deaths of three Israeli teens have confessed to the crime, an Israeli official told AFP on Monday.

UK to probe alleged paedophile conspiracy by politicians in 1980s

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 05:56
Britain pledged on Monday to investigate allegations that politicians may have sexually abused children in the 1970s and 1980s and then used their positions to scuttle attempts to expose their crimes.

Former Soviet and Georgian leader Shevardnadze dies aged 86

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 03:51
Eduard Shevardnadze became a hero in the West in the 1980s for helping to end the Cold War as the last Soviet foreign minister, before suffering a dramatic fall from grace as president of his native Georgia.

US-bound air passengers cannot fly with flat phones or laptops

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 03:32
The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will not allow cellphones or other electronic devices on US-bound planes at some overseas airports if the devices cannot be turned on as part of a security check.

Leaked report 'blames poor maintenance' for French train crash

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 00:17
A train derailment that killed seven people and injured dozens near Paris last year was due to an "unprecedented state of decay" following poor maintenance, according to experts' findings to be published on Monday, 'Le Figaro' newspaper reports.

Israel strikes Gaza militants as regional tensions rise

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 23:46
Overnight Israeli airstrikes killed at least nine Hamas militants in Gaza, according to the Palestinian Islamist group, as tensions soar in the region in the aftermath of last week’s grisly murder of a Palestinian teenager.