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Israel, Gaza militants trade fire after talks fail

Palestinian militants launched dozens of rockets and Israel responded with airstrikes on Wednesday after Egyptian efforts to mediate a lasting truce in the monthlong Gaza war collapsed in a hail of fire a day earlier.

ISIS releases 'video showing beheading' of US journalist

The ISIS on Tuesday posted a video showing the beheading of an American journalist missing since 2012, and threatened to kill another one if the US didn’t end military strikes in Iraq.

Mother mourns US journalist purportedly beheaded by ISIS militants

The mother of American journalist James Foley, who was purportedly beheaded by Islamic militants, said on Tuesday her son gave his life to expose the suffering of the Syrian people and she asked his kidnappers to release their other captives.

US trying to verify video of American journalist's killing

A video by Islamic State militants released on Tuesday purported to show the beheading of American journalist James Foley as retribution for US airstrikes in Iraq. The White House, his family and employer said they could not determine the video's authenticity and were attempting to confirm if he had been killed.

Manmohan immune from claims of '84 riots: court

Inderjit Singh, an Indian Sikh, claimed in the 2013 suit that as finance minister from 1991 to 1996, Manmohan Singh funded cash rewards for members of the military who murdered Sikhs in 1984.

ISIS video shows American's beheading; Obama's statement likely

A grisly video shows Islamic State militants beheading American journalist James Foley, American officials said, in what the extremists called retribution for recent US airstrikes in Iraq.

Ukrainian troops inch closer to rebel city Donetsk

Ukrainian government troops were fighting pro-Russian rebels in the streets of Luhansk on Tuesday and captured most of a town near the eastern city of Donetsk, tightening the noose around that key rebel-held stronghold, Ukrainian officials said.

Gaza truce collapses, rockets fired into Israel

A ceasefire in the Gaza Strip collapsed on Tuesday, with Palestinian militants firing rockets into Israel, prompting Israeli air strikes that health officials said killed a woman and a young girl.

Elephant killings in Africa outpace births, says study

Using a newly refined approach to estimate elephant deaths, developed at Kenya’s Samburu National Reserve, researchers said Africa’s elephant population is declining at a rate of about 2% annually.

Pakistan says it is not 'subservient' to India

Arguing that high commissioner Abdul Basit did not interfere in India's internal affairs, Pakistan foreign office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam claimed that Kashmir was not part of India.

Liberia Ebola patients found as death toll surges

Liberia said on Tuesday it had found 17 Ebola patients who had fled an attack on their clinic, sparking a panicked manhunt across a city in the throes of a seemingly unstoppable epidemic.

1000 cult members arrested in China in a crackdown

China has arrested nearly a 1000 suspected members of a cult that was accused of murdering a woman in a McDonald's outlet in eastern China earlier this year after she had refused to join the outfit.

Three relatives of pope killed in Argentina accident

Three relatives of Pope Francis, two great nephews and their mother, have been killed in a traffic accident in Argentina, police said on Tuesday.

Generals worried about corruption in China's PLA

Two scandals have shone the spotlight on deeply rooted graft in the PLA: a key target of President Xi Jinping's sweeping anti-corruption drive. The concerns are striking given the rapid modernisation of the PLA.

Libya shuts 2 TV stations taken over by Islamists

Libyan authorities have decided to shut down two public television stations taken over by Islamist militias embroiled in clashes in Tripoli, a government official said on Tuesday.
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