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Fresh satellite images suggest North Korea might be wrapping up engine trials on an intercontinental ballistic missile, fuelling speculation of a full-scale flight test to come, a U.S. think-tank said Wednesday.

US and Europe hit Russia with toughest sanctions yet

The United States and Europe targeted Russia's key financial, arms and energy sectors with tough new sanctions in response to Moscow's intervention in the Ukraine crisis.

Fresh Israeli strikes kill two children ahead of truce talks

Fresh Israeli bombardments rocked Gaza in the early hours of Wednesday, killing two children, as Palestinian factions were to head to Cairo to discuss a temporary humanitarian ceasefire.

Op-Ed: The Islamic States' Achilles heel

The recent ban by the United Nations on oil from areas the Islamic State control in Iraq and Syria is hopefully the first step towards setting back that groups gains.

Gaza doctors save baby from her dead mother's womb

Doctors in Gaza have performed an emergency Caesarian section on a young Palestinian woman killed in an Israeli shelling attack on Friday, saving her unborn baby.

Hashmat Karzai the president's cousin killed by suicide bomber

Hashmat Karzai the powerful cousin of Afghan president Hamid Karzai was killed by a suicide bomber at his fortified home near the southern city of Kandahar as he was greeting visitors to celebrate the Eid holiday marking the end of Ramadan.

Op-Ed: Procrastinating 10 years on climate change may be very costly

The Earth's climate is changing, with drought, floods, and falling water levels in our lakes and reservoirs, to raging wildfires and rising sea levels. It's hard not to notice, and the White House is worried about delaying actions on climate change.

US Ebola doctor 'weak and quite ill,' says colleague

An American doctor who has contracted the dangerous Ebola virus in Liberia is "weak and quite ill," a colleague of his told AFP on Tuesday.

Court to start genocide trial of top Khmer Rouge leaders

Cambodia's UN-backed Khmer Rouge court was Wednesday set to begin a second trial of two former regime leaders on charges including genocide of Vietnamese people and ethnic Muslims, forced marriages and rape.

Aviation officials call for anti-air weapons law

Aviation officials called for better dissemination of flight risks and a UN law restricting anti-aircraft weapons use, at an emergency meeting Tuesday on the downing of Flight MH17 over Ukraine.

After shaky start, Ukraine turns eastern offensive around

When Ukraine's military offensive to oust pro-Russian rebels from the restive east began in mid-April with humiliated soldiers meekly surrendering their armoured vehicles it looked doomed to failure.

NRA's top lawyer was allegedly convicted of gun crimes in 1964

Bob Dowlut has been the general counsel for the NRA across several years. Now the man stands accused of hiding a past of violence. According to reports Dowlut murdered multiple people with a gun during his youth.

Gaza death toll passes 1,200 amid latest talk of truce

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 more than 1,200 people in the enclave.

Cows kill Austrian dog walker

Media from around the world are covering a story about a 45-year-old Austrian woman attacked by a herd of cows. She reportedly died after being stormed by the large group while walking her dog.

Iran calls on Muslims worldwide to arm Gaza

On Tuesday, during his Eid al-Fitr address, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spent most of his time talking about the Israel-Gaza conflict, condemning Israel while calling the attacks on Gaza "genocide."

Don't laugh loudly, Turkish deputy PM tells women

One of the most senior members of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government sparked an outcry on Tuesday after declaring that women should not laugh loudly in public.

Child on Delta Airlines flight poops on seat

Passengers on a Delta Airlines flight were not happy when they witnessed a couple encouraging their toddler to poop right on the seat.

Op-Ed: President of Canadian Green Party pens pro-Israel blog entry

No one has been surprised by Canadian Conservative Prime Minister's strong support for Israel during the Gaza conflict. However, the Liberal leader's statement on the issue was hardly less supportive.

Ex-Catalan chief stripped of pension after admitting hiding cash

Catalonia's elder statesman, and a leading advocate of its independence from Spain, will be stripped of his pension and privileges after admitting hiding money abroad for more than 30 years, the region's government said Tuesday.

Strong quake hits Mexico, one dead

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake rattled Mexico on Tuesday, killing an elderly woman who fell as she fled her home and injuring another woman who evacuated from a hospital.

Colchester Borough cancels festival for safety reasons

Set to take place in Colchester's Castle Park, the I Am Music Fest which was slated to draw 8,500 attendees was cancelled on Friday. The cancellation came from the Colchester Borough Council, who cited issues with safety.

Supporters for Jamie Snow to gather for 4th annual postcard event

The Committee to Free Jamie Snow is hosting their fourth annual Postcards in the Park event in Bloomington, Illinois, on August 3, 2014. The committee is asking Jamie Snow’s supporters to gather once again to show their support for Snow’s innocence.

Dozens killed in terror attack in China's Xinjiang: Xinhua

Chinese police shot dead dozens belonging to a knife-wielding terror gang in Xinjiang, state media said Tuesday, in the latest bout of violence to rock the far western region home to the mainly Muslim Uighur minority.

Indian government inaugurates youth empowerment center

The government of the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu inaugurated the Vivekananda Cultural Center in Chennai, to nurture youth development and young leaders.

Kerry's Gaza truce bid burdened by past U.S. failures

Waning U.S. influence and John Kerry's failed peace bid are hampering efforts to reach a Gaza truce, but America remains the sole power capable of brokering a deal to stop the fighting, analysts said.

Meghnad Desai seeks the author of Bhagavad Gita in new book

Meghnad Desai or Baron Desai, the Indian-born, British economist and Labour politician explores the question of the Bhagavad Gita's authorship in his new book "Who Wrote The Bhagavad Gita - A Secular Enquiry Into a Sacred Text."

Zhou Yongkang: oil man whose well of power finally ran dry

Embattled former top Communist Zhou Yongkang rose through China's state oil industry to become the country's internal security chief -- and amassed so much power, according to analysts, that he brought about his own downfall.

Dutch police receive 150 MH17 crash images, videos

Witnesses have uploaded 150 photos and videos to a Dutch police server set up to help piece together the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over east Ukraine, a spokeswoman said.

Top Kosovo ex-fighters face organ trafficking, war crimes indictment

Several leaders of Kosovo's 1990s guerrilla army, some of them now senior officials, face possible indictment for crimes against humanity including murder and organ trafficking, an EU probe found Tuesday.

Tripoli fire rages as Libya warplane crashes in Benghazi battle

A huge blaze raged for a third day at a fuel depot near Tripoli's airport Tuesday, while a warplane crashed in Libya's second city Benghazi during fighting with Islamists.

U.S. gov't surveillance undermining journalists, lawyers

Though its official mission is to thwart terrorist threats, the massive U.S. surveillance program is having a chilling effect on journalists and their sources, and lawyers and their clients, according to a report issued Monday.

Dutch PM asks Ukraine to stop fighting near crash site

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte called Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Tuesday to ask Ukrainian forces to stop fighting around the MH17 crash site, a government spokesman said.

Council orders ‘immoral’ demolition of eco-friendly ‘Hobbit’ home

Pembrokeshire Council in West Wales looks set to order the demolition of a young family’s eco-friendly home after retrospective planning permission was refused this morning.

S. Korea ferry survivors recall desperate escape from sinking vessel

Student survivors of South Korea's ferry disaster testified Tuesday how passengers, abandoned by the crew, improvised means of escape, using fire hoses to pull people to safety as the vessel sank.

Afghan president's cousin killed in 'turban bomb' attack

A suicide attacker killed an influential cousin of Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday, officials said, raising tensions during a dispute over election results that will determine the country's new leader as US-led troops withdraw.

Malaysia air quality 'unhealthy' as haze obscures skies

Air quality around Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur and on Borneo island was "unhealthy" on Tuesday, as haze mostly from forest fires in Indonesia, obscured skies.

Australia's Qantas to continue flying over Iraq

Australian airline Qantas said Tuesday it would continue flying over Iraqi airspace, despite alliance partner Emirates deciding to alter its routes over concerns about jihadist missile attacks following the MH17 crash.

Gaza truce offers fly, but so do shells

The Palestinians said factions were ready for new 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.

Japan teen murder accused 'wanted to dissect' someone: Report

A 16-year-old Japanese schoolgirl has confessed to decapitating a classmate, police said Tuesday, as she reportedly told investigators she "wanted to dissect" someone.

Child banned from donut shop after asking if woman was pregnant

A manager at a Connecticut donut shop told a four-year-old boy that he was no longer allowed to come in after the child asked a woman if she was pregnant or just really liked donuts.

N. Korea slams reports of arms deals with Hamas, Hezbollah

North Korea has denounced allegations that it supplied missiles to Hamas and material support to Hezbollah as "sheer fiction" and a "sinister" effort to link Pyongyang to Middle East disputes.
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