Airlines ban flights to Israel after rocket strike
22 Jul 2014 | 6:11 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — A Hamas rocket exploded Tuesday near Israel's main airport, prompting a ban on all flights from the U.S. and many from Europe and Canada as aviation authorities responded to the shock of seeing a civilian jetliner shot down over Ukraine.
In international flight, volatile conflicts abound
22 Jul 2014 | 6:08 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In Libya, militias armed with shoulder-launched missiles are battling for control of the country's main airport. In Africa, the entire Sahel region is awash with weapons that include portable air defense systems leftover from the ouster of Moammar Gadhafi.
White House rebuffs criticism of Obama fundraising trip
22 Jul 2014 | 5:50 pm
US President Barack Obama left Washington Tuesday for a round of West Coast fundraising, with opponents questioning the trip's timing amid a proliferation of global crises. The trip to Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles, in which Obama will help raise money for Democrats campaigning in November's mid-term elections, has elicited sharp criticism from Republicans. The White House assured reporters however that the president would not miss a beat in fulfilling his duties. "In terms of fundraising, it's a responsibility that presidents in both parties for generations have been responsible for," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest, following a barrage of questions over the trip's timing.
The Dogs in Our Fight: These Ignored American Soldiers Deserve Respect
22 Jul 2014 | 5:43 pm
After recovering from those wounds he continued to serve in the Marines for another five years, completing a decade of service before retiring. Normally this veteran would receive medical care free of charge for such ailments but, unfortunately, the medical care that applies to veterans upon their discharge does not apply to him because this Marine was a military working dog. His name was Rex E168 (his tracking number), a handsome 80 lb., pure-bred German Shepherd, and he, along with every military working dog, deserves to be medically cared for just as much as any other veteran after they leave service. It helps to know how hard military dogs work to understand why that kind of advocacy matters.
Lawyer for author's estate calls Jesse Ventura publicity seeker
22 Jul 2014 | 5:32 pm
By Art Hughes ST. PAUL Minn. (Reuters) - Former Minnesota Governor and ex-professional wrestler Jesse Ventura is a publicity seeker trying to grab headlines by filing a defamation case against the estate of a fellow ex-Navy SEAL who died after serving his country with honor, defense lawyers said on Tuesday. "Ventura thinks he deserves a pay day anytime someone mentions his name in a book," John Borger, a lawyer for Chris Kyle's estate, told the jury in closing arguments made at a federal court in St. Paul, Minnesota. "Jesse Ventura suffered untold humiliation and embarrassment," his lawyer David Bradley Olsen said in closing arguments.
U.N. Security Council considers Gaza ceasefire resolution
22 Jul 2014 | 5:20 pm
By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Jordan circulated to the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday a draft resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the withdrawal of Israeli troops from the Hamas-dominated coastal enclave. It welcomes an Egyptian-led bid to end fighting between Israel and Hamas militants and "condemns all violence and hostilities directed against civilians and all acts of terrorism," according to a draft obtained by Reuters. A similar resolution was adopted by the 15-member Security Council in 2009, with 14 votes in favor. The United States, a close ally of Israel, abstained because Washington first wanted to see the outcome of Egyptian mediation efforts at the time.
Jurors start considering Ventura defamation case
22 Jul 2014 | 5:05 pm
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An attorney for Jesse Ventura asked a federal jury Tuesday to award the former Minnesota governor millions of dollars in damages for what he claimed is a lie in a memoir by the late military sniper Chris Kyle.
Saudi Arabia Opens Up Its Stock Market to Foreigners
22 Jul 2014 | 5:05 pm
Saudi Arabia is seeking to add some new money into their $745 billion economy, as they are finally allowing foreign investors to buy and sell shares on their stock market, starting next year. This move comes as Saudi Arabia moves to boost their non-oil industries. As the biggest exporter of oil in the world, it has been the driving factor of their overall economy. Nonetheless, other industries are becoming increasingly important, and the government has decided to spend $130 billion to help improve the non-energy sectors. “The move by Saudi Arabia helps accelerate efforts by the Gulf into becoming a more mainstream destination for international investors,” Ryan Huang, a market strategist, told Bloomberg. “Opening up the market will be a liquidity boost for Saudi corporations.”
Baghdad suicide car bomb kills 23
22 Jul 2014 | 4:53 pm
A suicide car bomb explosion ripped through a police checkpoint in Baghdad Tuesday, killing 23 people and wounding more than 40, police and medical sources said. The suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at an entrance to the northwestern neighbourhood of Kadhimiyah, a police colonel and an interior ministry official said. At least five of the those killed were policemen, as were eight of those wounded, said police and medical sources, who both gave figures higher than 40 for the number of wounded. The predominantly Shiite neighbourhood of Kadhimiyah lies across the Tigris river from the mainly Sunni district of Adhamiyah and is frequently targeted when sectarian tension in the country is high.
Iraqi air strikes kill 19 around militant-held Falluja: medical official
22 Jul 2014 | 4:52 pm
By Kamal Namaa FALLUJA Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi government air strikes killed 19 people, including children, in Falluja on Monday and Tuesday, a health official in the militant-held city said. The Iraqi army has been shelling Falluja, 70 km (44 miles) west of Baghdad, for months, trying to drive out the Sunni militants from the group now known as Islamic State. Ahmed al-Shami, a spokesman for the Falluja health office - the local arm of the health ministry - said the 19 dead included women and children and that Falluja hospital had also received 38 wounded people since Monday evening. Residents of Falluja and the nearby town of Garma said helicopters fired artillery and dropped three barrel bombs on Falluja and two on Garma.
Suicide car bomb kills 23 in north Baghdad: sources
22 Jul 2014 | 4:47 pm
A suicide bombing in northern Baghdad killed 23 people, including nine police officers and wounded 52 others on Tuesday night, police and a local hospital source said. The car bomb exploded at a police checkpoint in the Kadhimiya district, a mainly Shi'ite area in the north of the capital, the sources said. The Islamic State, the militant group that seized large parts of northern Iraq last month, has claimed several suicide bombings in the capital.
UN chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon
22 Jul 2014 | 4:39 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday it is his "hope and belief" that his emergency mission to the Middle East will lead to an end to the fighting between Hamas and Israel "in the very near future."
At least 21 dead in Iraq checkpoint car bombing
22 Jul 2014 | 4:33 pm
A suicide driver rammed his explosive-laden car into a police checkpoint in the Iraqi capital killing 21 people, including more than a dozen civilians en route to a Shiite shrine in the final days of the Islamic holy month.
Queen's Gold Cup winner fails drug test
22 Jul 2014 | 4:15 pm
A horse owned by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II which won one of England's most prestigious races has failed a drugs test, Buckingham Palace announced Tuesday. Estimate, which lifted the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot in 2013 and came second in this year's edition, has tested positive for morphine, a banned substance. A statement issued by the Queen's racing advisor said initial indications were the positive test had resulted from the "consumption of a contaminated feed product". The Queen, renowned for a love and knowledge of horse racing which dates back to the 88-year-old monarch's childhood, cheered on Estimate, saddled by top trainer Michael Stoute, when the now five-year-old filly won at Ascot last year.
Germany, France, Italy condemn anti-Semitism in anti-Israel protests
22 Jul 2014 | 3:49 pm
The foreign ministers of Germany, France and Italy on Tuesday condemned anti-Semitism that has marred protests against Israel's conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip. On Sunday, French media showed the burnt-out front of a kosher grocery shop in the Parisian suburb of Sarcelles, which is home to a large Jewish community, and clashes between pro-Palestinian marchers and riot police outside two synagogues. "Anti-Semitic incitement and hostility against Jews, attacks on people of Jewish faith and synagogues have no place in our societies," the three foreign ministers said in a joint statement issued in Brussels. France's Laurent Fabius, Italy's Federica Mogherini and Germany's Frank-Walter Steinmeier said: "Nothing, including the dramatic military confrontation in Gaza, justifies such actions here in Europe." About 600 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have died in the fighting in Gaza.
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