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Gaza truce over, Israel soldier captured, 70 dead in Rafah shelling
By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Jeffrey Heller GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel declared a Gaza ceasefire over on Friday, saying Hamas militants breached the truce soon after it took effect and apparently captured an Israeli officer while killing two other soldiers. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called his security cabinet into special session and publicly warned Hamas and other militant groups they would "bear the consequences of their actions". The 72-hour break announced by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was the most ambitious attempt so far to end more than three weeks of fighting, driven by mounting international alarm over a rising Palestinian civilian death toll. U.S. President Barack Obama called for the Israeli soldier's unconditional release and said that after the day's events it would be tough to reinstate a truce.
Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:20:29 -0400
Experts recover human remains at Ukraine crash site despite new fighting

Members of a group of international experts inspect wreckage at the site where the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed, near the village of HraboveBy Natalia Zinets and Gabriela Baczynska KIEV (Reuters) - International experts found the remains of more victims of the downed Malaysian airliner in east Ukraine on Friday but fighting nearby between government forces and pro-Russian rebels renewed security concerns around the wreckage. Roads had for days been too dangerous to use because of heavy fighting, frustrating efforts to recover all the victims' remains and push ahead with an investigation. They will... be brought back to the Netherlands for identification," Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in the Netherlands. "The security situation at the site is unstable and unpredictable." In the latest clashes, separatist forces killed at least 10 Ukrainian paratroopers in an ambush after midnight near Shakhtarsk, one of the closest towns to the wreckage site, the Ukrainian military said.

Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:42:01 -0400
Doubts surface about India's Modi after trade deal scuppered

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry meets with Indian PM Modi at the Prime Minister's residence in New DelhiBy Sanjeev Miglani and Rajesh Kumar Singh NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to office with a reputation as a business-friendly leader ready to open up one of the world's biggest markets and sweep away the remnants of the country's socialist past. Now potential investors, some of them foreign firms hoping to exploit new opportunities in India's vast consumer market, are scratching their heads after Modi's party walked away from a major deal to reform customs rules and make global trade easier. India shocked trade officials by rejecting the agreement at the 160-member World Trade Organization, one of the group's biggest initiatives since it was set up 19 years ago. New Delhi has since said it did not believe the pact was dead, but insisted that, alongside the so-called trade facilitation agreement, the WTO must find a deal allowing India to subsidize and stockpile food in order to protect the poor.

Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:13:29 -0400
North Korea accuses U.N. Security Council of double standards

Ri Tong-il, spokesman for North Korean Foreign Minister Park Ui-chun speaks with media during the sidelines of the 17th ASEAN Regional Forum in HanoiBy Mirjam Donath UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - North Korea accused the United Nations Security Council on Friday of double standards by condemning Pyongyang's recent ballistic missiles launches while ignoring "provocative" joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea. The normally reclusive state held its fourth news conference at the United Nations this year to push for an emergency Security Council meeting on the military exercises, which Pyongyang routinely denounces as preparation for war. North Korea's Deputy U.N. Ambassador Ri Tong Il said Pyongyang wrote to the 15-member council, of which the United States and South Korea are members, on July 21 to request the body take up the issue.

Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:38:06 -0400
African leaders agree steps to fight runaway Ebola outbreak

Sierra Leonean President Koroma, Liberian President Sirleaf and Guinean President Conde speak during a conference on the Ebola virus in ConakryBy Saliou Samb CONAKRY (Reuters) - West African leaders agreed on Friday to take stronger measures to try to bring the worst outbreak of Ebola under control and prevent it spreading outside the region, including steps to isolate rural communities ravaged by the disease. The World Health Organization and medical charity Medicins Sans Frontieres said on Friday the outbreak, which has killed 729 people in four West African countries, was out of control and more resources were urgently needed to deal with it. WHO chief Margaret Chan told a meeting of the presidents of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone - the countries worst affected - that the epidemic was outpacing efforts to contain it and warned of catastrophic consequences in lost lives and economic disruption if the situation were allowed to deteriorate. "The presidents recognize the serious nature of the Ebola outbreak in their countries," Chan said after the meeting.

Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:39:28 -0400
Argentina debt talks must continue after default: U.S. Judge

Attorney Carmine Boccuzzi, lead lawyer representing Argentina in its ongoing debt talks, arrives at federal court for a hearing in New YorkBy Joseph Ax, Nicholas Brown and Richard Lough NEW YORK/BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina cannot turn its back on negotiations with holdout creditors after defaulting on its sovereign debt, a U.S. judge instructed on Friday, just as the country's failure to service a June interest payment was declared a "credit event." In a stern tone, U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa in New York slammed the decision by Latin America's third biggest economy to defy his order that it pay in full holdout investors suing it and instead default on $29 billion in debt. As Griesa was speaking, a 15-member committee facilitated by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) voted unanimously to call the missed coupon payment a "credit event." The move triggers a payout process for holders of insurance on Argentine debt, which analysts estimate could amount to roughly $1 billion. Griesa said, "Nothing that has happened this week has removed the necessity of working out a settlement." He chided Argentina for making public statements he characterized as misleading.

Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:52:53 -0400
Protesters in Libya's Benghazi march against militias

Fighters from the Benghazi Shura Council gesture on top of a tank in BenghaziBy Feras Bosalum and Ahmed Elumami BENGHAZI Libya (Reuters) - Two thousand people took to the streets of Benghazi on Friday to protest against Islamist militants and former rebel militias who have been fighting armed forces and taken over an important military base in the eastern Libyan city. The heavy clashes in Benghazi and the capital Tripoli over the past two weeks have been the worst since the 2011 fall of Muammar Gaddafi, killing more than 200 people and forcing most Western governments to pull their diplomats out of the North African state. Fierce fighting among rival factions in the country's two major cities also underscores Libya's fragile control over the heavily armed brigades of former anti-Gaddafi rebel fighters and militias who refuse to disband. The Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council, an alliance formed by former rebels and Islamist militants from Ansar al-Sharia, which Washington classifies as a terrorist organization, have forced the army to pull out of Benghazi.

Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:18:28 -0400
Republicans revive U.S. border security bills to speed deportations

Speaker of the House Boehner arrives for a Republican caucus meeting at the Capitol in WashingtonBy David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives sought to patch over another deep rift and pass revised border security legislation on Friday, hoping to persuade voters they are acting to tackle the growing crisis over child migrants from Central America. Tougher language in the twin bills would make it easier to deport migrant children, add money to deploy National Guard troops at the border with Mexico and largely reverse President Barack Obama's policy of deferring action against minors brought to the United States illegally by their parents. The changes were intended to satisfy conservative House Republican lawmakers who withdrew their support on Thursday amid a revolt instigated by Senator Ted Cruz, the Tea Party firebrand from Texas.

Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:16:16 -0400
Investigators probe whether ferry killed humpback whale in Alaska
By Steve Quinn JUNEAU Ala. (Reuters) - Authorities in Alaska are investigating whether a state ferry killed a 30-foot (9-meter), 25-ton (22.6-tonne) humpback whale in a collision near Kodiak Island, or whether the giant mammal was already dead when it was struck, officials said on Friday. Kate Wynne, a marine mammal specialist for the University of Alaska Sea Grant Program, said there was no doubt the whale died from being hit by a sea-going vessel.
Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:15:27 -0400
Obama, Putin discuss Ukraine, missile treaty

Russia's President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, on July 4, 2014WASHINGTON (AP) — Capping a week of aggressive action against Russia, President Barack Obama pressed Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday for a diplomatic path out of Ukraine's struggle with Moscow-backed pro-Russian separatists. Putin countered by calling U.S. and European economic sanctions against Russia counterproductive.

Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:13:15 -0400
Obama chides Putin on Ukraine rebels as experts work at MH17 site
US President Barack Obama told Russia's leader Friday of his "deep concerns" about Moscow's increased support for separatists in Ukraine as international experts finally gathered more remains at the downed MH17 flight's crash site. In a telephone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin Obama also expressed "his preference for a diplomatic solution to the crisis," the White House said. Separately, the Kremlin said the two leaders had agreed that the current standoff in Ukraine -- where pro-Russian rebels are battling government forces -- was "not in the interest of either country." The tragedy of the Malaysia Airlines plane which was downed two weeks ago killing all 298 people on board has again focused world attention on the conflict in Ukraine.
Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:13:00 -0400
Microsoft sues Samsung in royalty dispute
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft said Friday it is suing Samsung for threatening to stop paying Microsoft royalties for patents behind the Android operating system.
Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:06:25 -0400
British ambassador quits Tripoli as fighting spreads

Britain's Ambassador to Libya, Michael Aron, arrives at Mitiga International Airport on June 10, 2014London (AFP) - Britain's ambassador to Libya said Friday he had "reluctantly" decided to leave the embassy in Tripoli due to local fighting, as the security situation deteriorates.

Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:05:04 -0400
China bladder trade sending porpoise to extinction

FILE - In this undated file photo released by Proyecto Vaquita, a porpoise lies dead on a beach at the Gulf of California. An environmental panel says in a report released Friday August 1, 2014, that fewer than 100 of Mexico’s vaquita marina porpoises are left and they are in imminent danger of extinction. (AP Photo/Proyecto Vaquita, O.Vidal, File)MEXICO CITY (AP) — Gillnet fishing in the upper Sea of Cortez has pushed the vaquita marina, the world's smallest porpoise, to the brink of extinction, according to an environmental report published Friday which states fewer than 100 of them are believed left.

Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:02:46 -0400
Top Asian News at 10:00 p.m. GMT
KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) — Hundreds of people who fled from gas pipeline explosions in Taiwan's second-largest city returned to their homes Friday after authorities said there was no more risk of blasts like the series that ripped apart streets overnight, killing 26 people and injuring 267. With clean-up work underway in the 2-square kilometer (1-square mile) area, investigators were turning to the task of determining the cause of the blasts, the industrial city's worst such disaster in 16 years.
Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:02:46 -0400
Moody's upgrades Greece's credit rating
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Moody's ratings agency late Friday upgraded Greece's government bond rating, predicting a gradual decline of its massive national debt.
Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:02:29 -0400
2 trains collide in Germany, passengers hurt
BERLIN (AP) — Two cars of a train tipped over following a collision late Friday near a station in southwestern Germany, authorities said, injuring a number of passengers.
Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:58:01 -0400
Residents running away from war in eastern Ukraine

People drive their car showing a sign reading "children" as they leave their home on July 28, 2014 in DonetskAt a rebel checkpoint in war-torn eastern Ukraine, camouflaged gunmen on a deserted road hurriedly wave through cars with hand-written signs reading "children" taped to their windscreens. The former engineering student said those fleeing came from the towns in northeastern Ukraine currently experiencing the most deadly bombardments and shortages as government troops close in on pro-Russian rebels. "Yesterday a bus drove past here from Shakhtarsk.

Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:43:49 -0400
Obama says will be hard to get a new ceasefire in Gaza
By Steve Holland and Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Friday that it will be difficult to achieve a ceasefire in Gaza after the latest truce fell apart but he strongly defended Secretary of State John Kerry for his failed diplomatic drive. Obama's comment at a White House news conference suggested the limited impact that diplomacy is having as Israel tries to dismantle Hamas tunnel networks in Gaza and the Palestinian militants fight back. Three civilians have been killed by Palestinian rockets in Israel.
Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:42:26 -0400
Israeli troops kill two Palestinians in West Bank clashes: medics
Israeli forces killed two Palestinians in clashes in the occupied West Bank on Friday, Palestinian medical officials said. The violence erupted when a few thousand Palestinians took to the street to protest Israel's military operation in the Gaza Strip. An Israeli military spokeswoman said troops shot one man in the city of Tulkarm after violence got out of control, with protesters throwing stones and gasoline bombs at soldiers. Fighting flared between Israel and militant groups in Gaza again on Friday after a three-day truce collapsed shortly after taking effect.
Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:41:57 -0400
Death toll in Mali plane crash revised to 116

Investigators gather evidence at the crash site of the Air Algerie plane in Mali's Gossi region, on July 29, 2014The death toll in the crash of an Air Algerie flight in Mali last week has been revised down to 116 after it was discovered that two people thought to be on the plane were not, officials in Ouagadougou said. "The toll is 116 victims and not 118" as previously announced by the French authorities, said General Gilbert Diendiere, advisor to Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore. Flight AH5017, which took off in the early hours of July 24 from Ouagadougou bound for Algiers, went missing amid reports of heavy storms.

Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:34:15 -0400
Top Asian News at 9:30 p.m. GMT
KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) — Hundreds of people who fled from gas pipeline explosions in Taiwan's second-largest city returned to their homes Friday after authorities said there was no more risk of blasts like the series that ripped apart streets overnight, killing 26 people and injuring 267. With clean-up work underway in the 2-square kilometer (1-square mile) area, investigators were turning to the task of determining the cause of the blasts, the industrial city's worst such disaster in 16 years.
Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:32:50 -0400
Bolt storms into limelight, English teen grabs fourth gold

Jamaica's Usain Bolt (R) and Nigeria's Mark Jelks compete in the heats of the men's 4 x 100m relay athletics event at Hampden Park during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland on August 1, 2014Usain Bolt made a storming start to his Commonwealth Games Friday by leading Jamaica into the final of the 4x100m relay on a day when pint-sized gymnast Claudia Fragapane became England's best performer at a Games in 84 years. Olympic champion and world record holder Bolt ran the fourth leg of the heat with his Caribbean island quartet winning in 38.98 seconds to advance to the final scheduled for 2015 GMT on Saturday. His eagerly-awaited appearance came just two days after he allegedly described the Commonwealth Games as "shit", a claim he vehemently denied. Glasgow has been great, it's all good so far.

Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:29:33 -0400
TS Bertha dumps heavy rain in eastern Caribbean

This NOAA satellite image taken Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at 1:45 p.m. EDT shows a mass of clouds associated with Tropical Storm Bertha near the Lesser Antilles with most of the clouds and rain displayed to the east of the storm center. Clouds are prevalent over the Bahamas with some scattered rain and thunderstorms. Scattered storms are occurring over isolated portions of Hispaniola and Cuba. (AP Photo/Weather Underground)SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Tropical Storm Bertha swirled through the eastern Caribbean on Friday as it unleashed heavy rains and strong winds in the region.

Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:14:41 -0400
S&P 500 has its worst week in 2 years

Trader Benedict Willis, left, calls out as he works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. U.S. markets steadied on Friday a day after a major sell-off. Investors focused on a relatively strong jobs report, which showed the U.S. economy created 209,000 jobs in July, the sixth straight month of job growth above 200,000. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks fell for a second day Friday, adding to the massive sell-off the day before and giving the market its worst week in two years.

Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:14:28 -0400
Sierra Leone cyclist cleared of Ebola at Glasgow

FILE - In this undated file image by the CDC shows an ebola Virus. U.S. health officials on Thursday, July 31, 2014, warned Americans not to travel to the three African countries, hit by an outbreak of Ebola. The travel advisory applies to non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. (AP Photo/CDC, File)GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Reacting to sensationalistic headlines such as "Ebola Terror at Commonwealth Games" in a British newspaper, officials said on Friday that a Sierra Leone cyclist passed tests for the Ebola virus and competed.

Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:12:10 -0400
Bolt makes track debut at Commonwealth Games

Usain Bolt of Jamaica reacts to the TV camera after he helped Jamaica win the first round heat of the men's 4 by 100 meter relay in Hampden Park stadium during the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland, Friday Aug. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/ Scott Heppell)GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — If Scots were offended by Usain Bolt they didn't show it on Friday as the Jamaican sprint star made his track debut at the Commonwealth Games

Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:10:51 -0400
NKorea seeks UN meeting on US-SKorea drills
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea asked Friday for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council to protest upcoming U.S.-South Korean military exercises, saying they increase the danger of war on the Korean peninsula.
Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:10:24 -0400
Moody's upgrades Greece's credit rating, sees gradual decline in national debt
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Moody's upgrades Greece's credit rating, sees gradual decline in national debt.
Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:05:52 -0400
Obama on Putin: 'Sometimes people don't always act rationally'
By Roberta Rampton and Thomas Grove WASHINGTON/MOSCOW (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama phoned Russia's Vladimir Putin to urge him to stop supporting separatists in Eastern Ukraine and seek a diplomatic solution to the crisis that has spurred tough new economic sanctions. Obama told reporters on Friday he believes the United States has done "everything that we can do," short of going to war, to deter Russia from further threats to Ukraine with the sanctions on its energy, defense and financial sectors. "President Putin should want to resolve this diplomatically. Get these sanctions lifted, get their economy growing again, and have good relations with Ukraine," Obama said during a news conference.
Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:05:09 -0400
Top Asian News at 9:00 p.m. GMT
KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) — Hundreds of people who fled from gas pipeline explosions in Taiwan's second-largest city returned to their homes Friday after authorities said there was no more risk of blasts like the series that ripped apart streets overnight, killing 26 people and injuring 267. With clean-up work underway in the 2-square kilometer (1-square mile) area, investigators were turning to the task of determining the cause of the blasts, the industrial city's worst such disaster in 16 years.
Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:03:40 -0400
West Africa seals off Ebola outbreak epicentre
West Africa's Ebola-hit nations announced a cross-border isolation zone on Friday, sealing off the epicentre of the world's worst-ever outbreak as health chiefs warned the epidemic was spiralling out of control. The announcement came at an emergency summit in the Guinean capital to discuss the outbreak, which has killed more than 700 people, with the World Health Organization warning Ebola could cause "catastrophic" loss of life and severe economic disruption if it continued to spread. "We have agreed to take important and extraordinary actions at the inter-country level to focus on cross-border regions that have more than 70 percent of the epidemic," said Hadja Saran Darab, the secretary-general of the Mano River Union bloc grouping the nations. The leaders of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea used the summit to launch a $100 million (75 million euro) action plan which will see several hundred more medical staff deployed to battle the epidemic.
Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:03:02 -0400
Saving Private Smith: real WWI story that beats Hollywood

The names of three brothers Alfred, Frederick and George Smith, who served as British WWI soldiers, are pictured on a WWI memorial in Barnard Castle, near County Durham, on July 11, 2014Barnard Castle (United Kingdom) (AFP) - "Saving Private Ryan" became a Hollywood classic with its heroic tale of how a World War II soldier was rescued from the front line after losing three of his brothers in action. A simple stone memorial in the rural market town of Barnard Castle in northern England bears the names of five Smith boys: Robert, George Henry, Frederick, John William and Alfred. Their deaths across two short years of bitter fighting on the Western Front tell of an almost unparallelled family tragedy, yet it is the survival of the youngest brother Wilfred that provides drama worthy of any blockbuster. For Wilfred's granddaughter Amanda Nelson, the sadness of the family's past was only recently brought crashing into the present when she sat down and watched Stephen Spielberg's epic movie "Saving Private Ryan".

Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:50:42 -0400
'Geek' helps England into women's hockey final

General view during the women's field hockey match between Australia and England at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on July 28, 2014England will face Australia for women's hockey gold at the Commonwealth Games after a self-confessed goalkeeping 'geek' helped them beat New Zealand 3-1 on a penalty shootout on Friday. Defending champions Australia had earlier cruised into the final with a 7-1 mauling of South Africa. The two sides have already met once in the competition already with Australia running out 3-0 winners in the group stages. England keeper Maddie Hinch foiled penalties from Anita Punt, Katie Glynn and Stacey Michelsen to book her side's place in a Commonwealth final for the first time since 2002.

Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:48:47 -0400
2 cars of passenger train tip over in Germany
BERLIN (AP) — Officials say two cars of a passenger train have tipped over in an accident near a station in southwestern Germany. They say there were some injuries but no deaths.
Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:48:22 -0400
Hiddink begins 2nd stint as Netherlands coach

FILE - In this Wednesday March 6, 2013 file photo, Anzhi's head coach Guus Hiddink speaks during a news conference, at Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia. On Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, Guus Hiddink vowed on his first day as the Netherlands coach to put together a team that will play attractive but practical football. Hiddink has been set to replace Louis van Gaal since March. Van Gaal accepted the top job at Manchester United before leading the Netherlands on a flashy run to third at the World Cup in Brazil. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)AMSTERDAM (AP) — Guus Hiddink began his second stint as Netherlands coach by promising to put together a team that will play attractive but practical football.

Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:48:16 -0400
Israeli soldier's capture: echoes of Gilad Shalit

Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit smiles during a meeting at the French embassy in Tel Aviv on January 11, 2012 after being recently-freedFriday's disappearance of an Israeli soldier, apparently captured in Gaza, has echoes of the June 2006 seizure of conscript Gilad Shalit who was held by Palestinian militants for five years. On June 25, 2006, the then 19-year-old Shalit was captured after militants tunnelled under Gaza's border and attacked an army post, killing two soldiers and seriously wounding a third. The raid was claimed by three Palestinian groups, including Hamas's armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades. Shalit, who has dual Israeli-French nationality, was captured and his bloodied bulletproof vest was found on the ground.

Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:44:04 -0400
Florida Lionfish ban, nation's first, goes into effect

A lionfish swims in a fish tank at a pet shop in CaracasBy Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Florida's ban on importing invasive lionfish, the first of its kind in the nation, goes into effect on Friday as wildlife managers look for a way to control the spread of the barbed, red-and-white striped fish. Lionfish, native to the waters off Southeast Asia, are believed to have arrived in the region as pets for aquariums. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which approved the ban in mid-June, also loosened fishing rules making it easier for recreational divers and fisherman to catch lionfish. Scientists are concerned that lionfish will decimate other species found in Florida waters.

Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:43:58 -0400
Bones found near dictatorship torture chamber in Chile

Portraits of victims during a ceremony at Villa Grimaldi, which was used as a detention and torture center during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, in Santiago, on September 10, 2013Human bones have been found near a military base in central Chile where political prisoners were tortured during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, officials said Friday. "They are human remains, but what has not been determined yet is the date" of death, forensics director Patricio Bustos told journalists, saying specialists continued working in the area under heavy police guard. An estimated 3,200 people died or went missing during Chile's bloody 1973-1990 dictatorship. The bones were found on a farm near the Tejas Verdes military base outside the resort town of Santo Domingo on the central coast.

Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:41:25 -0400
Israel pushes deeper in Gaza after soldier seized

Palestinian children wounded in Israeli shelling are treated in a hospital in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Backed by tank fire and airstrikes, Israeli forces pushed deep into southern Gaza on Friday, searching for an Israeli army officer believed to be captured by Hamas fighters during deadly clashes that shattered an internationally brokered cease-fire.

Date Posted : Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:41:04 -0400

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