UN security council statement urges ceasefire in Gaza

International pressure mounts to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The UN security council adopts a statement agreed by all its 15 members.  RWANDAN U.N. AMBASSADOR AND SECURITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT EUGENE GASANA:  The Security Council expresses strong support for the call by international partners and the Secretary-General of the United Nations for an immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire, allowing for the delivery of urgently needed assistance, and they urged all parties to accept and fully implement the […]

Fighting in Gaza abates, but truce hopes look fragile

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Ori Lewis GAZA/JERUSALEM Sun Jul 27, 2014 6:15pm EDT (Reuters) – Fighting subsided in Gaza on Sunday after Hamas Islamist militants said they backed a 24-hour humanitarian truce and U.S. President Barack Obama called for a ceasefire but there was no sign of any comprehensive deal to end fighting with Israel. Hamas said it had endorsed a call by the United Nations for a pause in the fighting in light of […]

Liberia shuts border crossings, restricts gatherings to curb Ebola spreading

MONROVIA Sun Jul 27, 2014 8:27pm EDT (Reuters) – The Liberian government on Sunday closed most of the West African nation’s border crossings and introduced stringent health measures to curb the spread of the deadly Ebola virus that has killed at least 660 people across the region. The new measures announced by the government on Sunday came as Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone struggle to contain the worst outbreak yet of the virus. Speaking at […]

Ukrainian PM resigns from position

The prime minister of Ukraine resigned from his position in the face of the many challenges faced by the country, including their fight with pro-Russian rebels as well as the Malaysia Airlines crash in rebel-controlled territory.

Cause of South Korea ferry businessman’s death cannot be determined: agency

SEOUL Thu Jul 24, 2014 9:35pm EDT (Reuters) – South Korea’s forensic agency said on Friday it was impossible to determine the cause of death of a businessman linked to a ferry that capsized and killed more than 300 people in April. An autopsy and DNA tests were conducted on the badly decomposed body of Yoo Byung-un and there was no evidence to believe he was poisoned, forensic agency head Seo Joong-seok told a news […]

Shelling of Gaza school kills at least 15; toll nears 800

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Ori Lewis GAZA/JERUSALEM Thu Jul 24, 2014 9:29pm EDT (Reuters) – Gazan authorities said Israeli forces shelled a shelter at a U.N.-run school, killing at least 15 people, as the Palestinian death toll in the conflict reached 796 and attempts at a truce remained elusive. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed horror at the Thursday attack on the school at Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza strip. “Many have been killed […]

Ten killed in air strike north of Baghdad

BAGHDAD Mon Jul 21, 2014 4:30pm EDT (Reuters) – Ten people were killed, including a mother and three children, in a government air strike on a militant-controlled town north of Baghdad on Monday, hospital sources and witnesses said. The attack targeted the town of Hawija, 230 km (140 miles) from the capital, which is controlled by Sunni Muslim insurgents from the Islamic State and other groups opposed to Iraq’s Shi’ite-led government. A tribal leader and […]

Bodies, black boxes handed over from Ukraine crash site

By Anton Zverev and Peter Graff DONETSK Ukraine Mon Jul 21, 2014 11:04pm EDT (Reuters) – The remains of some of the nearly 300 victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over Ukraine were making their way to the Netherlands on Tuesday as a senior Ukrainian separatist leader handed over the plane’s black boxes to Malaysian experts. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte told a news conference on Monday that a train carrying around 200 body […]