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Hamas leader Meshaal demands end to occupation

Palestinians launch fireworks during celebrations in the West bank city of Ramallah, late Sunday, July 20, 2014. AP

The leader of Hamas is demanding anew that Israel end its occupation of Gaza and the West Bank.

Posted: July 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

In war-struck Gaza, civilians struggle to get by

Palestinians listen to a sermon as they pray in the courtyard of a UN school in Gaza City, Monday, July 28, 2014. The school, one of dozens of emergency shelters for those who have fled the fighting. AP

Caught in the fighting between Israel and Hamas, Gaza’s civilians are increasingly struggling to get by. There is no electricity 21 hours a day because power lines have been hit. Water taps have run dry because there’s no power to their fuel pumps and tens of thousands of displaced sleep on the floors of schools and hospitals.

Posted: July 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Japan to step up sanctions against Russia

In this Friday, July 11, 2014 photo, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga speaks during a press conference in Tokyo. For Japan, the ramping up of sanctions by the West against Russia can be summed up in a familiar phrase: It’s complicated. The tug-of-war over Ukraine threatens to derail Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s moves toward rapprochement with Russia. Suga offered only vague support Thursday, July 17, for the coordinated American and European moves targeting Russian energy firms, financial institutions, arms suppliers and four individuals.“We are watching the situation of the EU and U.S.,” Suga said at a regular briefing. “Working with the international community is our stance regarding Ukraine, so we would like to take appropriate measures in line with that attitude.” (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

Japan’s top government spokesman said Monday that the country is stepping up sanctions against Russia over the unrest in Ukraine.

Posted: July 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Muslims mark somber Eid in bloodied Gaza

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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.

Posted: July 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Historic Chinese church gutted by fire

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A fire largely destroyed one of China’s oldest churches early Monday, state media reported, gutting the inside of the late 19th century structure.

Posted: July 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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