Israel kills 3 Hamas military commanders in Gaza
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel stepped up its campaign against Gaza's ruling Hamas on Thursday, killing three of the group's senior military commanders in an airstrike that pulverized a four-story home, the second such attack targeting top leaders in two days.
Hamas admits kidnapping Israeli teens
JERUSALEM (AP) — A senior Hamas leader has said the group carried out the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens in the West Bank in June — the first time anyone from the Islamic militant group has said it was behind an attack that helped spark the current war in the Gaza Strip.
Syria opposition: Deadly chemical attack forgotten
BEIRUT (AP) — The year since a chemical attack that killed hundreds near Damascus has been a strikingly good one for President Bashar Assad.
Russian aid convoy advances toward Ukraine
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Fierce fighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Thursday in what appeared to be a last-gasp attempt by government troops to snatch back territory from pro-Russian separatists before the arrival of a Russian aid convoy overseen by the Red Cross.
Voice, image give clues in hunt for Foley's killer
LONDON (AP) — The Islamic militant in a video showing the death of American journalist James Foley took great care to disguise his identity, dressing head-to-toe in black, with a mask leaving only his eyes visible.
Liberia gives food in slum sealed to stop Ebola
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Government officials handed out bags of rice and sachets of drinking water Thursday to residents of an impoverished slum in Liberia's capital where tens of thousands of people have been barricaded in an effort to stop the spread of Ebola.
Malaysia receives bodies from Flight 17 crash
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The bodies and ashes of 20 Malaysians killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine in July arrived home on Friday, the first day of national mourning in the country's history.
Irish peacemaker, ex-premier Reynolds dies at 81
DUBLIN (AP) — Albert Reynolds, the risk-taking Irish prime minister who played a key role in delivering peace to Northern Ireland but struggled to keep his own governments intact, died Thursday after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 81.
Indonesian court rejects election loser's appeal
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's top court on Thursday rejected an appeal by the losing candidate in last month's presidential election over alleged voting irregularities, removing any uncertainty around the victory of Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo.
Greek archaeology site sparks intense interest
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Archaeologists excavating a large burial mound in northern Greece that has captivated the public's imagination have asked politicians and others seeking guided tours of the site to leave them in peace.
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