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Smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City,  Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Israel escalated its military campaign against Hamas on Tuesday, striking symbols of the group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that shut down the strip's only power plant in the heaviest bombardment in the fighting so far. The plant’s shutdown was bound to lead to further serious disruptions of the flow of electricity and water to Gaza’s 1.7 million people. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

Israel hits power plant, kills 128

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel unleashed its heaviest air and artillery assault of the Gaza war on Tuesday, destroying key symbols of Hamas control, shutting down the territory’s only power plant and leaving at least 128 Palestinians dead on the bloodiest day of the 22-day conflict. Despite devastating blows that left the packed territory’s 1.7 million people cut off … 1

US, Europe slap new sanctions on Russia

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

WASHINGTON — Spurred to action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday against Russia, including an arms embargo and restrictions on state-owned banks. President Barack Obama swiftly followed with an expansion of U.S. penalties targeting key sectors of the Russian economy. The coordinated sanctions … 0

Ex-security czar under graft probe in China

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

BEIJING — China’s ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief on Tuesday, demonstrating President Xi Jinping’s firm grip on power and breaking a longstanding taboo against publicly targeting the country’s topmost leaders. If he goes to trial, Zhou Yongkang would be the highest-level official to be prosecuted since the … 0

Shelling adds to civilian toll in Ukraine

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

DONETSK, Ukraine — Shells smashed into a residential neighborhood of Donetsk on Tuesday as Ukrainian forces intensified their campaign to encircle the rebel stronghold. The shelling killed at least two people, blew gaping holes in an apartment block … 0

Elegant Louvre Garden in Paris infested with rats

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

PARIS — Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp on the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers and scaring tourists. The hot weather in … 0

Netanyahu warns of ‘prolonged’ Gaza war

Monday, July 28, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Signaling an escalation of Israel’s Gaza operation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israelis Monday to be ready for a “prolonged” war, and the military warned Palestinians in three large neighborhoods to leave their … 0

Report: Social Security, Medicare finances sound for now

Monday, July 28, 2014

WASHINGTON — Medicare’s financial future is looking brighter despite a growing wave of baby boomers reaching retirement. Getting relief from a slowdown in health care spending, the program’s giant hospital trust fund won’t be exhausted until 2030, the … 0

Islamists unleash their vision in Mosul

Monday, July 28, 2014

BAGHDAD — Residents of Mosul have watched helplessly as extremists ruling the northern Iraqi city blew up some of their most beloved landmarks and shrines to impose a stark vision of Islam. Next up for destruction, they feared: … 0

Calif. fugitive shot dead in NY smoke shop

Monday, July 28, 2014

NEW YORK — A California man who skipped town after being accused of molesting a boy was killed and three law enforcement officers trying to arrest him were wounded in a daytime shootout inside a small smoke shop … 0

Contagious Ebola victim’s plane travel spreads new fear

Monday, July 28, 2014

DAKAR, Senegal — No one knows for sure just how many people Patrick Sawyer came into contact with the day he boarded a flight in Liberia, had a stopover in Ghana, changed planes in Togo, and then arrived … 0

Deal to improve vets’ health care costs $17B

Monday, July 28, 2014

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan deal announced Monday would authorize about $17 billion to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat veterans and make it easier to fire executives at the … 0

Fighting intensifies near plane crash site

Sunday, July 27, 2014

DONETSK, Ukraine — Ukrainian armed forces mounted a major onslaught against pro-Russian separatist fighters Sunday in an attempt to gain control over the area where a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed earlier this month. The U.S. State Department, … 0

Gaza war defies all attempts at truce

Sunday, July 27, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel and Hamas launched new attacks Sunday in the raging Gaza war, despite going back and forth over proposals for a temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting ahead of a major … 0