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U.S. lifts ban on flights to Israel as Gaza toll tops 700

Israeli soldiers stand atop a tank at a staging area near the border with the Gaza StripBy Nidal al-Mughrabi and Dan Williams GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel won a partial reprieve from the economic pain of its Gaza war on Thursday with the lifting of a U.S. ban on commercial flights to Tel Aviv, as fighting pushed the Palestinian death toll over 700. U.N. agencies said more than 140,000 people had been displaced. Hamas fired rockets at Tel Aviv and said its gunmen carried out a lethal ambush on Israeli soldiers in north Gaza. With Washington's encouragement, and the involvement of Turkey and Hamas ally Qatar, Egypt has been trying to broker a limited humanitarian ceasefire for the battered enclave.


Date Posted : Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:44:23 -0400
Contact lost with Air Algerie plane carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso - Algeria mapBy Hamid Ould Ahmed ALGIERS (Reuters) - Authorities have lost contact with an Air Algerie flight en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers with 110 passengers on board, Algeria's APS state news agency and a Spanish airline company said on Thursday. APS said authorities lost contact with flight AH 5017 an hour after it took off from Burkina Faso, although other officials gave other timings, adding to confusion about the fate of the flight and where it might be. Spanish private airline company Swiftair confirmed it had no contact with its MD-83 aircraft operated by Air Algerie, which it said was carrying 110 passengers and six crew.


Date Posted : Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:42:40 -0400
Russia says will cooperate with MH17 probe led by Netherlands

Emergencies Ministry member walks at a site of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk regionBy Al-Zaquan Amer Hamzah and Siva Govindasamy KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Russia will cooperate with the investigation into the downing of a Malaysian airliner a week ago and is satisfied that the Netherlands, rather than Ukraine, is leading the effort, the country's ambassador to Malaysia said on Thursday. Liudmila Vorobyeva also rejected suggestions that the pro-Russian separatists blamed by Western governments for shooting down Flight MH17 possessed a Russian-made anti-aircraft missile, and said the rebels lacked the training to use such a system. Nearly 300 people, 193 of them Dutch citizens, were killed when the Malaysia Airlines plane en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was brought down in eastern Ukraine, where separatists are battling government forces, on July 17. The norm under rules set down by the United Nation's civil aviation body (ICAO) is that an air investigation is led by the state in whose territory the plane crash, but Russia had said that Ukraine should not take charge because the rebels who control the crash site did not trust the authorities in Kiev.


Date Posted : Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:38:53 -0400
Taiwan launches inquiry into plane crash that killed 48

Rescue personnel survey the wreckage of a TransAsia Airways turboprop plane that crashed on Penghu islandBy Faith Hung TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan authorities launched an investigation on Thursday into the crash of a TransAsia Airways turboprop plane in which 48 people were killed with the weather expected to be a factor in the inquiry. The plane, a 70-seat ATR 72, crashed on Wednesday evening near the runway while trying to land on the small island of Penghu, west of Taiwan island, after a typhoon had passed earlier in the day. The leaders of rivals China and Taiwan both offered their condolences over the deaths. Taiwan's civil aviation authorities said the weather had been suitable for flying.


Date Posted : Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:59:02 -0400
Iraq parliament elects senior Kurdish politician Fouad Masoum as president

Parliament's temporary speaker Fouad Masoum holds a joint news conference in BaghdadBAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's parliament elected senior Kurdish politician Fouad Masoum as president of the country on Thursday, the second step in the process of forming a government. Iraq's politicians have been in deadlock over forming a new government since an election in April. The next step, choosing a prime minister, may prove far more difficult. Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has ruled since the election in a caretaker capacity, defying demands from the Sunnis and Kurds that he step aside for a less divisive figure. (Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Andrew Heavens)


Date Posted : Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:52:31 -0400
Islamists planning imminent attack in Norway: police
By Ole Petter Skonnord and Balazs Koranyi OSLO (Reuters) - Militant Islamists with fighting experience in Syria may be planning an attack in Norway in the coming days, police said on Thursday, as they deployed armed units at borders, airports and railway stations. A small group of Norway-based militants who have gained combat experience in conflicts around the globe have become the biggest threat to the Nordic nation and up to 50 have traveled to Syria in recent years, police said. "We have information indicating that a terrorist action against Norway is planned to be carried out shortly, probably within days," Benedicte Bjoernland, the director of the Police Security Service, the police's intelligence unit, said. She said police had no information about the target or the nature of the planned attack so armed police, an unusual sight in Norway, would be deployed in places considered high risk.
Date Posted : Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:13:05 -0400
Russian activists convicted of organizing riots

Russian opposition activist Leonid Razvozzhayev, in handcuffs, shows V-signs from a defendant's cage in a court room prior to a hearing in the Bolotnaya square protest trial in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July 24, 2014. Sergei Udaltsov and Leonid Razvozzhayev are waiting for the sentence Thursday in the Moscow city court on charges of organizing mass riots and colluding to commit a crime. They both pleaded not guilty in a trial that has dragged on since October 2012, when they were detained and put under house arrest. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)MOSCOW (AP) — Russian news agencies say two opposition activists have been convicted of organizing riots at the May 2012 protest in Moscow, a day before the re-election of President Vladimir Putin.


Date Posted : Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:46:48 -0400
Pope meets Christian sentenced to death for faith

In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis meets Meriam Ibrahim, from Sudan, with her daughter Maya in her arms, in his Santa Marta residence, at the Vatican, Thursday, July 24, 2014. The Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death in Sudan for refusing to recant her Christian faith has arrived in Italy along with her family, including the infant born in prison. Ibrahim, whose father was Muslim but whose mother was an Orthodox Christian from Ethiopia, was sentenced to death over charges of apostasy. She married her husband, a Christian, in a church ceremony in 2011. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, File)ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has met privately with a Sudanese woman who arrived in Italy after escaping a death sentence in Sudan for refusing to recant her Christian faith.


Date Posted : Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:37:52 -0400
UK: Former reporter sentenced for phone hacking

FILE - A Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 photo from files showing former tabloid journalist Dan Evans as he leaves The Old Bailey law court in London. The former British tabloid reporter has been given a 10-month suspended prison sentence for hacking the phones of celebrities including model Kate Moss and James Bond star Daniel Craig. Dan Evans was sentenced Thursday, July 24, 2014 at London’s Old Bailey in the latest episode of the long-running phone hacking scandal that shook Rupert Murdoch’s media empire. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)LONDON (AP) — A former British tabloid reporter was given a 10-month suspended prison sentence Thursday for his role in the long-running phone hacking scandal that shook Rupert Murdoch's media empire.


Date Posted : Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:35:51 -0400
Europe lifts recommendation not to fly to Tel Aviv
BERLIN (AP) — The European Aviation Safety Agency has lifted a recommendation that airlines refrain from flying to Tel Aviv airport.
Date Posted : Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:33:54 -0400
France: Air Algerie flight vanishes over N Mali

A television camera operator mounts a satellite dish on top of a van outside the Swiftair offices in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, July 24, 2014. A flight operated by Air Algerie and carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday, the plane's operator said. Swiftair, a private Spanish airline, said the plane carrying over 100 passengers and crew left Burkina Faso for Algiers at 0117 GMT Thursday (9:17 p.m. EDT Wednesday), but had not arrived at the scheduled time of 0510 GMT (1:10 a.m. EDT Thursday). (AP Photo/Paul White)ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali after heavy rains were reported, according to the plane's owner and government officials in France and Burkina Faso.


Date Posted : Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:33:11 -0400
Top Asian News at 12:30 p.m. GMT
HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Eighteen children were killed Thursday when a train crashed into their school bus at an unmanned railroad crossing in southern India, police said. The bus driver also died while another 20 children ages 7 to 14 were injured and hospitalized, 15 of them in critical condition, said Telangana state education minister G. Jagdishwar Reddy.
Date Posted : Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:33:03 -0400
Sri Lanka 305-5 after day 1 vs. South Africa

Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene reaches the crease on time to avoid being dismissed by South African wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock during the first day of the second test cricket match between Sri Lanka and South Africa in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, July 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Sanka Gayashan)COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Mahela Jayawardene smashed his 34th test century as Sri Lanka overcame an early hiccup and scored a healthy 305-5 on day one of the second test against South Africa on Thursday.


Date Posted : Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:32:11 -0400
Taiwan airline suspects bad weather caused crash

A relative of a passenger onboard the TransAsia Airways Flight GE222 that crashed on the Taiwanese island of Penghu, cries at a funeral parlor in Penghu, Taiwan, Thursday, July 24, 2014. The plane attempting to land in stormy weather crashed on the island late Wednesday, killing dozens of people and wrecking houses and cars on the ground. (AP Photo) TAIWAN OUTXIXI, Taiwan (AP) — Stormy weather trailing behind a typhoon was the likely cause of a plane crash on a Taiwanese island that killed 48 people on board and injured 10 on the plane and five on the ground, the airline said Thursday.


Date Posted : Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:30:14 -0400
Cuba looks to mangroves to fend off rising seas

In this July 2, 2014, photo, government forest scientist Reynier Samon shows a sprouting mangrove in Batabano, Cuba. For decades Cuba's mangrove forests have been under siege, their wood harvested by many to burn as fuel, build furniture, even as a spice to season meat. Now island authorities are putting together a national study, set a moratorium on all mangrove logging and implementing an ambitious reforestation plan that aims to safeguard the first line of defense against hurricanes and rising sea levels. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)SURGIDERO DE BATABANO, Cuba. (AP) — Many people in this hamlet on the southern coast of Cuba remember when the shore lay about 100 meters (yards) farther out. That was four decades ago.


Date Posted : Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:23:48 -0400
England wins 1st gold medal at Commonwealth Games
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — England triathlete Jodie Stimpson won the first gold medal of the 2014 Commonwealth Games on Thursday.
Date Posted : Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:23:29 -0400
Troubled Myanmar state invites back aid groups

In this June 25 2014 photo, Rohingya refugees gather to receive medicine at Dar Paing village clinic, north of Sittwe, Rakhine state, Myanmar. Authorities in Myanmar's Rakhine state, where mobs disrupted aid operations for displaced Rohingya Muslims, say international aid organizations that withdrew from the area in April are welcome to return, specifically the group Doctors without Borders, which had been kicked out in February 2014 after it publicized cases of alleged attacks on Rohingyas. No details were provided of how the groups' security could be assured. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Authorities in Myanmar's Rakhine state have said international aid organizations are welcome to return to the area they left in April after Buddhist mobs disrupted their work helping displaced Rohingya Muslims.


Date Posted : Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:17:56 -0400
Pacino, Dafoe set for Venice Film Festival

Venice Biennale Foundation President Paolo Baratta, left, and Venice Film Festival president Alberto Barbera shakes hands for photographers as they arrive for the Venice film festival's presentation press conference, in Rome, Thursday, July 24, 2014. The festival is set to run from Aug. 27, 2014 to Sept. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)ROME (AP) — This year's Venice Film Festival will tackle topics from the financial crisis to drone warfare, and feature performances from Willem Dafoe, Al Pacino, Jennifer Aniston and Ethan Hawke.


Date Posted : Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:17:16 -0400
2 Finnish aid workers killed in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two Finnish aid workers were shot dead Thursday in the western Afghan city of Herat, officials said.
Date Posted : Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:16:31 -0400
Slovakia says work on gas link to Ukraine on schedule
Construction work on a pipeline that will allow gas to be sent from western Europe to Ukraine is on schedule and the contracted capacity will be available from Sept. 1, Slovak pipeline operator Eustream said on Thursday. Ukraine uses about 50 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas a year and has increased efforts to secure more gas from the European Union after Russian producer Gazprom raised prices for supplies to Ukraine in a spat that has added to the crisis in the former Soviet state. Russia covered half of Ukraine's gas needs last year but halted supplies on June 16 over the price disagreements and Kiev's outstanding debt for earlier deliveries. Combined with available connections from Hungary and Poland, Ukraine can get obtain up to 16-17 bcm of gas from western Europe.
Date Posted : Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:11:15 -0400
Court: Poland violated human rights in CIA case
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Europe's top human rights court ruled Thursday that Poland violated the rights of two terror suspects by allowing the CIA to secretly imprison them on Polish soil from 2002-2003 and facilitating the conditions under which they were subject to torture.
Date Posted : Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:09:03 -0400
Mexican Aguirre named as new coach of Japan
TOKYO (AP) — Japan has appointed Mexican Javier Aguirre as the new head coach of the national team.
Date Posted : Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:04:40 -0400
Top Asian News at 12:00 p.m. GMT
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Stormy weather trailing behind a typhoon was the likely cause of a plane crash on a Taiwanese island that killed 48 people on board and injured 10 on the plane and five on the ground, the airline said Thursday. The ATR-72 operated by Taiwan's TransAsia Airways was carrying 58 passengers and crew when it crashed while trying to land in the Penghu island chain in the Taiwan Strait between Taiwan and China late Wednesday. The plane was flying from the city of Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan.
Date Posted : Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:02:30 -0400
Two Finnish aid workers killed in western Afghanistan

Afghan medical workers carry bodies of two foreign women who were shot dead in HeratTwo Finnish aid workers with an international Christian organization were shot dead on Thursday in Afghanistan's western city of Herat, officials said. The attack comes at a sensitive time as Afghanistan audits votes from a disputed presidential election to pick a successor to the incumbent, Hamid Karzai. Foreign troops have been in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban since 2001 but are withdrawing from the country this year, leaving Afghan forces to maintain security. "The two women who were gunned down were working in the health sector for a foreign aid organization in Herat," provincial governor Fazlullah Wahidi told Reuters.


Date Posted : Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:00:33 -0400
Two Finnish aid workers killed in Afghanistan: ministry
HELSINKI (Reuters) - Two Finnish aid workers have been killed in Afghanistan, Finland's foreign ministry said on Thursday. The workers were both women who worked for aid organization International Assistance Mission, Finnish news agency STT reported. (Reporting by Sakari Suoninen)
Date Posted : Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:00:33 -0400
France: Air Algerie flight vanished over Mali

Swiftair MD83PARIS (AP) — France's transport minister says the Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people vanished over northern Mali.


Date Posted : Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:57:38 -0400
At least 50 French citizens on missing Air Algerie flight -airline
OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - The passenger list of a missing Air Algerie flight included 50 French citizens, the airline's representative in Burkina Faso told a news conference in Ouagadougou. Burkina Faso Transport Minister Jean Bertin Ouedrago said the Air Algerie flight that was en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers had asked to change route at 0138 GMT because of a storm in the area. (Reporting by Mathieu Bonkoungou; Writing by David Lewis; Editing by Alison Williams)
Date Posted : Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:57:26 -0400
More works found at German collector's apartment

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2013 file picture a cameraman films an apartment house, in which more than 1,200 paintings have been found, in Munich, Germany. German authorities say more art works have been found at the apartment of the late collector Cornelius Gurlitt including a statue apparently by Edgar Degas and another that could be by Auguste Rodin. The task force that has been working to identify whether works in the collection were stolen by the Nazis said Thursday July 24, 2014 that the works were never seized by prosecutors, who in 2012 impounded more than 1,200 pieces by artists including Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse that Gurlitt had hoarded in his apartment. (AP Photo/dpa, Marc Mueller)BERLIN (AP) — More art works have been found at the Munich apartment of the late collector Cornelius Gurlitt, including a sculpture apparently by Edgar Degas and another that could be by Auguste Rodin, the task force investigating the pieces' origin said Thursday.


Date Posted : Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:54:52 -0400
China's coal industry says times are hard, outlook worse
More than 70 percent of China's coal firms are making losses, the head of the coal industry association said on Thursday, with prices eroded by falling demand growth, a worsening supply glut and a war on smog. Wang Xianzheng, the chairman of the China Coal Industry Association, told an industry forum that the problems facing the coal sector were expected to get worse, official news agency Xinhua reported. As part of its war on pollution, China has been trying to reduce the share of coal in its overall energy mix. It has vowed to cap total production capacity at 4.1 billion tonnes by 2015, and has been closing coal-fired power plants in smog-hit regions like Beijing.
Date Posted : Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:54:24 -0400
French transport minister: Air Algerie flight disappeared over northern Mali
PARIS (AP) — French transport minister: Air Algerie flight disappeared over northern Mali.
Date Posted : Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:52:56 -0400
US lifts ban on flights to Tel Aviv airport
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban Wednesday on U.S. flights in and out of Israel, which the agency had imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets.
Date Posted : Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:52:55 -0400
Kerry pushes truce efforts as Gaza toll tops 740

An Israeli army Merkava tank rolls along the Israel's border with the Gaza Strip on July 24, 2014Washington's top diplomat John Kerry Thursday pressed efforts to end bloodshed in Gaza, reaching out to allies of Hamas as the Islamist movement's war with Israel raged into a 17th day. Medics reported more than 50 people killed in Gaza Thursday, mostly in the south, hiking the overall Palestinian toll to 746 since Israel launched a military operation to halt rocket fire from the besieged territory on July 8. Earlier Thursday, US airlines lifted a flight ban to Israel, with other international airlines expected to follow suit. It was renewed late on Wednesday, prompting Hamas, the de facto power in Gaza, to hail the suspension of Tel Aviv flights as a "great victory for the resistance."


Date Posted : Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:50:24 -0400
EU regulator: Morning-after pill OK for all women
LONDON (AP) — The European Medicines Agency says a commonly used morning-after pill is suitable for use by heavier women after reviewing the evidence, sparked by a French pharmaceutical company's declaration last year that the drugs didn't work in women weighing more than 80 kilograms (176 pounds).
Date Posted : Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:49:16 -0400
U.N. panel tells Japan to compensate 'comfort women'

People attend an anti-Japan rally held to demand Japan's apology for the wartime Korean sex slaves made by the Japanese military, in front of Japanese embassy in SeoulBy Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - A United Nations human rights agency is calling on Japan to guarantee independent investigations of wartime sex slavery and provide a public apology and compensation to the women who were victims. Some historians estimate that as many as 200,000 so-called comfort women, many from China and South Korea, were forced into the Imperial Japanese Army's brothels before and during World War Two. The U.N. Human Rights Committee, which was reviewing the human-rights records of several countries, said on Thursday that all claims for reparation brought by victims before Japanese courts have been dismissed. "The Committee considers that this situation reflects ongoing violations of the victims' human rights, as well as a lack of effective remedies available to them as victims of past human rights violations," the panel said, citing articles of the U.N. civil and political rights treaty ratified by Japan.


Date Posted : Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:48:47 -0400
FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights in and out of Israel, which the agency had imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets.
Date Posted : Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:45:42 -0400
Iraq: Kurdish politician Massoum named president
BAGHDAD (AP) — Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum has been named the new president of Iraq following a parliamentary vote.
Date Posted : Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:42:58 -0400
Last contact with Air Algerie jet was over Mali: Algerian official
ALGIERS (Reuters) - The last contact Algerian authorities had with a missing Air Algerie aircraft carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algiers was at 0155 GMT when it was flying over Gao, Mali, an Algerian official said on Thursday. (Reporting by Hamid Oul Ahmed; writing by Patrick Markey; Editing by Alison Williams)
Date Posted : Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:42:40 -0400
Likely many French on missing Air Algerie flight - minister
There were likely many French passengers on the Air Algerie flight which disappeared en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers, France's transport minister said. "There were likely French people on board, and if there were French people on board there were certainly many of them," Frederic Cuvillier told reporters. Authorities have lost contact with an Air Algerie flight en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers with 110 passengers on board, Algeria's APS state news agency and a Spanish airline company said on Thursday.
Date Posted : Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:42:40 -0400
 

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