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Jul 28, 2014

Russia claims Kerry is 'hindering' OSCE in Ukraine

Russia’s foreign minister on Sunday accused his U.S. counterpart of hindering the OSCE’s work in Ukraine and urged him to stop, Moscow said in a statement, as fighting raged around the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17. Sergei Lavrov in a telephone conversation “asked ...

More than 50 killed in latest Benghazi, Tripoli clashes

Jul 28, 2014

More than 50 killed in latest Benghazi, Tripoli clashes

At least 36 people were killed in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi, many of them civilian, where Libyan Special Forces and Islamist militants clashed on Saturday night and Sunday morning, medical and security sources said. The government said more than 150 people have died ...

Jul 28, 2014

Iran's Zarif steps up Gaza diplomacy, offers aid

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif conducted a hefty round of telephone diplomacy late Sunday to rally support and humanitarian aid for Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip. He spoke with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and regional ...

Air Algerie jet's black boxes to be sent to France

Jul 28, 2014

Air Algerie jet's black boxes to be sent to France

Black boxes from the Air Algerie plane that crashed in northern Mali last week will be transferred to France for analysis, the French Embassy in Mali said Sunday, as officials prepared for the process of identifying the remains of the dead. U.N. peacekeepers located ...

Ebola claims senior doctor in Liberia

Jul 28, 2014

Ebola claims senior doctor in Liberia

One of Liberia’s most high-profile doctors has died of Ebola, a government official said Sunday, as an American doctor was treated in the West African country after contracting the disease, highlighting the risks facing health workers trying to combat the spread of the deadly ...

Jul 28, 2014

Judge strikes down D.C. ban on handguns outside home

The U.S. capital’s ban on carrying handguns outside the home is unconstitutional, a federal judge has ruled. In a 19-page ruling made public Saturday, U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin concluded that the Second Amendment gives people the right to carry a gun outside ...

Gaza doctor's grim task: documenting the dead

Jul 28, 2014

Gaza doctor's grim task: documenting the dead

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. With over 1,060 people killed and more than 6,000 wounded, counting the dead is a full-time occupation ...

Hamas chief: We cannot coexist with 'occupiers'

Jul 28, 2014

Hamas chief: We cannot coexist with 'occupiers'

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal demanded Israel lift its blockade of Gaza and warned that Palestinians cannot coexist with their neighbors while their land is occupied, in an interview broadcast Sunday. On Saturday, Meshaal was interviewed by U.S. broadcaster PBS in the Qatari capital Doha ...

China pushes soft power with hospital ship at RIMPAC

Jul 28, 2014

China pushes soft power with hospital ship at RIMPAC

On a Chinese hospital ship off Hawaii, crew members demonstrate traditional massage techniques to U.S. sailors. The mood is one of collegiality, even after China opted out of Japan-led humanitarian drills at the world’s largest international naval exercise. There are no guns in sight ...

Malaysia PM: Agreement reached with Ukraine separatists on MH17 access

Jul 27, 2014

Malaysia PM: Agreement reached with Ukraine separatists on MH17 access

An agreement has been reached with separatists in Ukraine to enable international police to oversee a site where a Malaysian plane was downed and investigators to determine why the aircraft crashed, Malaysia’s prime minister said on Sunday. Pro-Russian separatists remain in control of the ...

Jul 27, 2014

U.S. plans widespread seismic testing of seafloor

The U.S. government is planning to use sound blasting to conduct research on the ocean floor along most of the East Coast, using technology similar to that which led to a court battle by environmentalists in New Jersey. The U.S. Geological Survey plans to ...