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Israel intensifies Gaza assault, Egyptians revise truce plan

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Dan Williams GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel knocked out Gaza's only power plant and pounded dozens of other high-profile targets on Tuesday, while Egyptian mediators prepared a revised proposal for halting its war with Islamist guerrillas in the enclave. Israel's Channel Two TV said progress was being made on such a deal in Cairo, where a Palestinian delegation is expec

EU and U.S. announce new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

By Justyna Pawlak and Eric Beech BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The European Union and the United States on Tuesday announced further sanctions against Russia, targeting its energy, banking and defense sectors in the strongest international action yet over Moscow's support for rebels in eastern Ukraine. The measures mark the start of a new phase in the biggest confrontation between Moscow and t

Libyan militants overrun Benghazi special forces base as chaos deepens

By Ayman al-Warfalli BENGHAZI Libya (Reuters) - Militant fighters overran a Libyan special forces base in the eastern city of Benghazi on Tuesday after a battle involving rockets and warplanes that killed at least 30 people. A special forces officer said they had to abandon their main camp in the southeast of Benghazi after coming under sustained attack from a coalition of Islamist fighters and

Sierra Leone's top Ebola doctor dies from virus

By Umaru Fofana and Adam Bailes FREETOWN (Reuters) - The doctor leading Sierra Leone's fight against the worst Ebola outbreak on record died from the virus on Tuesday, the country's chief medical officer said. The death of Sheik Umar Khan, who was credited with treating more than 100 patients, follows those of dozens of local health workers and the infection of two American medics in neighboring

U.S. nuclear negotiator declines setting deadline on Iran deal

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The lead U.S. nuclear negotiator declined to give a final deadline on Tuesday for negotiating a final nuclear agreement with Iran, but said participants mean to finish the international talks at the end of the current four-month extension. Iran and six world powers agreed to extend nuclear talks, and the temporary agreement, by four months after they f

Iraq gets U.S. to seize $100 million Kurdish oil cargo off Texas

By Anna Driver and Ahmed Rasheed HOUSTON/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq scrambled to gain control of a cargo of Kurdish oil worth $100 million off the Texas coast on Tuesday after a U.S. judge ordered its seizure in a bid by Baghdad to halt oil sales by the autonomous region of Kurdistan. A U.S. magistrate overnight approved a request from Baghdad's lawyers on Monday that laid claim to the oil, saying

Official: Venezuela tried to pressure Aruba

ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) — Aruba's top prosecutor said Tuesday that Venezuela ratcheted up various types of pressure against the Dutch Caribbean island and the Netherlands in recent days to try to win the release of a powerful former general wanted on U.S. drug-trafficking charges.

Top Asian News at 8:30 p.m. GMT

WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea is upgrading its main rocket launch site and has conducted a series of engine tests as it develops a mobile, intercontinental missile that could increase the threat it poses to the United States, a U.S. research institute said Tuesday. The findings are based on satellite photos of the west coast site of Sohae, analyzed by the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins Scho

Mother of slain Mexican teen sues US Border Patrol

TUCSON, Arizona (AP) — The mother of a Mexican teen who was shot to death by a U.S. Border Patrol agent nearly two years ago sued the agency on Tuesday, saying her son was walking home after playing basketball with his girlfriend and friends when he was hit in the back by 10 bullets.

Pan-African airline suspends flights to Ebola hit countries

Pan-African airline ASKY announced on Tuesday the suspension of flights to and from the capitals of Liberia and Sierra Leone, both hit by an outbreak of the Ebola virus. The move by the Togo-based carrier follows the death of one of its passengers from the virus after they had travelled from Liberia to Nigeria via the Togolese capital Lome. "The suspension of flights to Freetown and Monrovia by

Payasos invaden ciudad Guatemala

GUATEMALA (AP) — La ciudad capital de Guatemala acostumbrada al tráfico y las protestas se inundó con una singular marcha de payasos de por lo menos 10 países latinoamericanos que celebran su sexto Congreso en Guatemala.

Scolari returns to Gremio for third stint

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) — Luiz Felipe Scolari, who resigned two weeks ago as Brazil coach, is returning to Gremio for his third stint in charge of the Brazilian team.

Body of young stowaway found in US cargo plane

WASHINGTON (AP) — The body of a young stowaway was found inside a compartment near the wheel well of an Air Force cargo jet that had landed in Germany, U.S. military officials said Tuesday, triggering questions about the security of an aircraft that had made several stops in Africa.

Canada intends to impose more sanctions on Russia -prime minister

Canada said on Tuesday it plans to impose additional sanctions on Russia in the coming days, in close coordination with partners in the United States and Europe. The sanctions will be in addition to those announced last week on a broad range of Russian companies and banks, Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a statement. "In the wake of continued aggression by Russia, which includes the

Canada: Chinese hackers infiltrated government org

TORONTO (AP) — Chinese hackers infiltrated the computer systems of Canada's top research and development organization, the Canadian government said Tuesday.

US, Europe impose tough new sanctions on Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurred to new action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday against Russia, followed swiftly by a new round of U.S. penalties targeting key sectors of the Russian economy.

Mexico says North Korean ship damaged coral reefs

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A North Korean ship damaged nearly an acre (0.4 hectare) of coral reefs when it ran aground off Mexico's Gulf coast earlier this month, Mexican officials said Tuesday.

Top doctor dies from Ebola after treating dozens

Authorities say the top doctor treating Ebola in Sierra Leone has died from the disease.

Analysts: Samsung phone shipments falter in 2Q

NEW YORK (AP) — An analyst firm says Samsung Electronics Co., the world's biggest maker of smartphones, saw its sales drop in the second quarter. It lost ground to upstart Chinese manufacturers after several years of headlong growth.

US: Japan, SKorea strains hurting their security

WASHINGTON (AP) — Strained relations between American allies Japan and South Korea are hurting military cooperation, including on missile defense, despite the common threat they face from North Korea, the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific said Tuesday.

Gaza truce offers fly, but so do shells

The Palestine Liberation Organisation expressed readiness for a Gaza truce and Washington said Israel had sought help Tuesday in calming a 22-day conflict that has killed nearly 1,200 in the enclave. US Secretary of State John Kerry said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had asked for fresh help from America in trying to broker a ceasefire. The top US diplomat added that Netanyahu had

Idaho suspends plan to kill wolves in wilderness

By Laura Zuckerman SALMON Idaho (Reuters) - Conservationists claimed victory on Tuesday after Idaho wildlife managers suspended the killing of wolves in a protected wilderness area for preying on elk prized by commercial hunters. The state's Department of Fish and Game hired a hunter last year to trap and kill wolves in the central Idaho mountains, responding to complaints from sportsmen who say t

Top Asian News at 8:00 p.m. GMT

WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea is upgrading its main rocket launch site and has conducted a series of engine tests as it develops a mobile, intercontinental missile that could increase the threat it poses to the United States, a U.S. research institute said Tuesday. The findings are based on satellite photos of the west coast site of Sohae, analyzed by the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins Scho

Cameroon fires two army officers after Boko Haram raids

President Paul Biya on Tuesday dismissed two senior army officers in Cameroon's far north following Boko Haram attacks in which at least seven people were killed and the wife of a senior official was kidnapped. Militants of the Nigerian Islamist group seized the wife of Cameroon's vice prime minister and killed at least three people on Sunday in an attack in the northern town of Kolofata involving

Kiribati boxer makes ring debut _ at Comm Games

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Taoriba Biniati spends her days whacking a punch bag hanging from a breadfruit free by the road side in the Pacific island nation of Kiribati.

4 charged with murder of USC student from China

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two young men and two teenagers have been charged with murder in the fatal beating of a University of California graduate student from China.

East Ukraine rebels deny threat to ban OSCE from crash site

Rebels in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday denied they had threatened to ban the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) from the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17. "The DNR government has long been working effectively with the OSCE mission," a statement said, adding that areas of cooperation included investigation into the plane crash and ceasefire talks. Earlier the rebels issued

U.S. expands economic sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Tuesday the United States has expanded sanctions against Russia over its support for rebels in eastern Ukraine. Obama said the sanctions targeted energy, defense and finance sectors of the Russian economy. "If Russia continues on this current path, the costs on Russia will continue to grow," Obama said. (Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Sand

U.S. says tanker with Iraqi Kurdish oil outside U.S. waters

The U.S. State Department said on Tuesday a tanker carrying Iraqi Kurdish oil was anchored outside U.S. waters off the coast of Texas and a court order to seize the cargo would only be enforced when the ship entered U.S. territory. A U.S. judge overnight approved a request by Baghdad to seize the disputed cargo worth more than $100 million. "The cargo has not yet entered U.S. jurisdiction," State

S.Africa's ANC likens radical opposition party to Nazis

South Africa's ruling ANC on Tuesday likened the radical opposition Economic Freedom Fighters to the Nazi party and its firebrand leader Julius Malema to Adolph Hitler. "South Africa has... witnessed the entering of a fascist movement into our parliamentary politics," the party said in a statement. Malema's populist EFF took third place with just over six percent of the vote in May elections, wi

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