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An oil depot fire on the outskirts of Tripoli that started after a rocket struck a tank containing more than 1.6 million gallons of oil has now spread to include a second tank, hit by shrapnel resulting from fighting by rival militia groups.

Op-Ed: Hamas may not be behind kidnapping of 3 Israeli teenagers

The kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers indirectly led to the current conflict in Gaza. The testimony of an Israeli official over the weekend to a BBC reporter appeared to grant that the main suspects were not under orders from Hamas.

Rebels claim Kiev now controls part of MH17 site

Ukraine's army on Monday seized control of part of the vast site where Malaysian airliner MH17 crashed, insurgents said, as the United Nations announced the downing of the plane could constitute a war crime.

8 children killed as bombs hit Gaza playground, hospital

Eight children playing during the Eid al-Fitr holiday were among 10 Palestinians killed in a Monday bombing attack on a playground near a Gaza refugee camp.

Popularity of 'little tiger' in Vietnam endangers pet cats

Cat owners are having to protect their pets from those who want to serve them as a snack alongside beer. Pet owners must now guard against criminal elements who want to make some fast money off of their stolen animals.

Violence soars in Gaza as world pleads for truce

Bloodshed in and around Gaza surged Monday with a strike killing eight Palestinian children and a mortar shell leaving dead four in Israel, shattering hopes for an end to three weeks of devastating violence.

Millions fled homes in 2013 due to religious conflict: US

Conflicts and repression around the world last year triggered the largest displacement of religious communities in recent memory, the United States said Monday, revealing millions had fled their homes.

Any Gaza truce must lead to Hamas disarmament: Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry Monday said international efforts to agree a truce between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza must lead to the disarmament of Hamas.

Japanese teen reportedly strangled and decapitated friend

According to reports a 15-year-old girl, name withheld due to being a minor, attacked Aiwa Matsuo with a blunt instrument. Allegedly she bludgeoned her friend into submission, choked her and finally decapitated her.

Corporations focus on water profits, World Bank supports them

Nestle and other companies are making significant profits by gathering water from small towns and rural areas. Waves of public outcry have begun but privatization of water is the direction the world is going in.

Islamic State jihadists open 'marriage bureau'

The Islamic State, which advocates public stoning for adultery, has opened a "marriage bureau" for women who want to wed its fighters in territory they control in Syria and Iraq.

Pilots of Air Algerie jet asked to turn back: France

France said Monday the pilots of the Air Algerie passenger plane that crashed in Mali, killing all 118 people on board, had asked to turn back in a new development to a complex probe into the tragedy.

Ukraine wrests control of part of MH17 crash site from rebels

The Ukrainian army has seized control of part of the vast crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in the east of the country, pro-Russia rebels said on Monday.

Iraq army kills 17 in anti-jihadist raid

An Iraqi government raid on jihadist targets in a flashpoint town southwest of Baghdad killed 17 people on Monday, including at least three civilians, medical and tribal sources said.

Liberia closes borders as Ebola hits major west African cities

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has announced the closure of most of the Ebola-hit country's land borders after the deadly tropical virus spread to two of west Africa's largest cities.

Japanese get anti-radiation pills ahead of nuclear restart

Japanese officials are handing out radiation-blocking iodine tablets to people living in the shadow of two nuclear reactors slated to restart this year, underscoring concerns about atomic power after the Fukushima crisis.

Freak Los Angeles lightning strike kills one, injures several

At least one person was killed and up to eight others injured when freak lightning struck the bustling Venice Beach of southern California, officials said.

N. Korea threatens nuclear strike on White House

A top-ranking North Korean military official has threatened a nuclear strike on the White House and Pentagon after accusing Washington of raising military tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Libya oil depot fire rages, raising fears of major disaster

A huge fire at an oil depot on the outskirts of Tripoli was out of control Monday, sparking fears of a fireball that could cause carnage over a wide area.

Rebels claim Kiev now controls part of MH17 site

Ukraine's army on Monday seized control of part of the vast site where Malaysian airliner MH17 crashed, insurgents said, as the United Nations announced the downing of the plane could constitute a war crime.

U.S. family stuck in China with adopted babies after visa glitch

It has taken 18 months for the Nortons to adopt their new children, but now, thanks to a State Department computer glitch, the U.S. family is stuck in Guangzhou, China, as their newly adopted babies have no visa to leave the country.

Dutch, Australian police in fresh bid for MH17 site access

Dutch and Australian police will make a fresh attempt on Monday to reach the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17 in insurgent-held east Ukraine, after heavy fighting nearby scuppered their previous effort.

No burgers at some China McDonald's over food scare

McDonald's outlets in Beijing and Shanghai have yanked their flagship burgers off the menu after a key US supplier recalled products made by its Shanghai factory, which is alleged to have used expired meat.

Pacific summit to urge action on climate change

Pacific island leaders will renew calls for meaningful action on climate change at a regional summit opening in Palau on Tuesday, amid fears rising seas will swamp their low-lying nations.

Lull in Gaza fighting as US, UN up pressure for truce

Fighting subsided in war-torn Gaza Monday at the start of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr as world powers ramped up pressure on the warring sides to immediately end their 21-day confrontation.

Muslims mark sombre Eid in bloodied Gaza

The end of a month of fasting was supposed to be a time to celebrate for Abeer Shamali. But instead, she spent the Muslim Eid feast at the grave of her teenage son.

Ten Tennessee homes destroyed, dozens damaged by severe storms

Emergency officials in Tennessee are going door to door in Claiborne County, searching for possible victims after strong storms ripped through the area.

Op-Ed: Peace activist holding interfaith events in Israel-Palestine area Special

Author and peace activist Dr. Fran Romano feels the current leadership in Israel-Palestine region may be feeding on violence to maintain short-term power.

Mosul's Christians ask, 'Where is the conscience of the world?'

On Saturday, the Vicar of the only Anglican church in Iraq warned that the end was "very near" for Christians in that country. Mosul is Iraq's second largest city, and six weeks ago, 35,000 Christians lived there. Today, there are no Christians in Mosul.

Gaza's Christians bury their first casualty of the war

Jalila Ayyad's widower George still had a black eye and bloodstains on his shirt as he processed ahead of her coffin, hours after the air strike that destroyed their home.Jalila, 60, was the first Christian casualty of a bloody Gaza war.

Asylum-seekers held at sea likely economic migrants: Australia

A group of 157 asylum-seekers held for weeks on the high seas on an Australian customs vessel were likely economic migrants from India, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said Monday. "The indications are...

Foreigners urged to leave Libya amid rising violence

Egypt and several Western states urged their nationals to leave Libya amid spiralling violence after two weeks of fighting left 97 people dead and a warning by state-owned National Oil Corp of a major disaster after a fuel tank was hit.

Aruba frees Venezuelan wanted on US drug charges

Aruba on Sunday freed a Venezuelan ex-military intelligence chief wanted in the United States on drug trafficking charges, stating that he had diplomatic immunity.

Student survivors testify in Korea ferry trial

Student survivors of South Korea's ferry disaster testified at the murder trial of the captain and crew on Monday how they were left to fend for themselves in the sinking vessel.

One dead, one in critical condition after lighting hits LA beach

One person is dead and one is listed in critical condition after lightning struck a crowded Los Angeles beach, electrocuting 13 beachgoers.

Russia accuses U.S. of hindering OSCE in Ukraine

Russia accused the United States of hindering the OSCE's work in Ukraine, as fighting raged around the crash site of flight MH17 and the Netherlands scrapped plans for an armed international mission to secure the area.

Obama tells Israel Gaza truce needed as conflict rages

US President Barack Obama called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, after Israel and Hamas ignored calls for a truce and the raging conflict entered its third week Monday.

Two Americans, Freetown resident latest Ebola victims

Alarm soared in west Africa Monday over the deadliest Ebola virus outbreak yet, with an American doctor and a missionary contracting the disease in Liberia and the death of the first victim from Sierra Leone's capital Freetown.

Foreign nationals in Libya urged to leave as violence escalates

Libya is virtually in a civil war so severe now that Britain, Germany, France, and the Netherlands have all urged their nationals to leave the country.

Documenting death: The man who counts the bodies in Gaza

Inside Ashraf al-Qudra's cramped office in Shifa hospital, the phone never stops ringing, with news flooding in of the latest victims of Israel's devastating 20-day military operation.

Russia uses holiday to remind world of 'nuclear potential'

Amid increased criticism, escalating sanctions and pending lawsuits, Russian President Vladimir Putin used a national holiday to launch two new nuclear submarines and reminded the world that Russia is more than capable of using nuclear weapons.
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