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Israel looks for missing soldier; Hamas says he may have been killed

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Ori Lewis GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The armed wing of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas said on Saturday it had no clear indication on the whereabouts of an Israeli soldier that Israel has accused it of abducting in the Gaza Strip, adding he may have been killed during an ambush. Israel said Second Lieutenant Hadar Goldin, 23, who went missing on Friday, had been abd

Experts recover human remains at Ukraine crash site despite new fighting

By 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 th

Bible left in North Korean sailor's club triggered U.S. tourist's arrest

By James Pearson SEOUL (Reuters) - American tourist Jeffrey Fowle was arrested by North Korean authorities for leaving a bible under a bin in the toilet at a club for foreign sailors, a source familiar with Fowle's case told Reuters. During his ten day trip to North Korea, Fowle's fellow travelers described the middle-aged street repairs worker from Miamisburg, Ohio as a warm, amiable, quiet man

Factory blast in east China kills at least 65: state TV

An explosion killed at least 65 people and injured more than 120 at factory in China that makes wheels for U.S. carmakers, including General Motors, state media said, as the country suffered its worst industrial accident in a year. Chinese state television identified the factory as Zhongrong Plating. Its website said it employs 450 workers and counts General Motors and other U.S. companies as clie

African leaders agree steps to fight runaway Ebola outbreak

By 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 pe

Argentina debt talks must continue after default: U.S. Judge

By Joseph Ax, Nicholas Brown and Sarah Marsh 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 dec

Explosion at factory in eastern China kills 65

An explosion killed 65 people as it ripped through a factory in eastern China on Saturday, a government broadcaster said, injuring 150 in what appeared to be an industrial accident. The blast in Kunshan, a city in the eastern province of Jiangsu near Shanghai, "has resulted in 65 deaths", state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) said, citing official sources. The explosion occurred Satu

Car parts plant blast in China kills 65, hurts 100

BEIJING (AP) — Sixty-five people were killed and dozens seriously burned Saturday by an explosion at an eastern Chinese automotive parts factory that supplies General Motors, state media reported.

Congress backs Israel's Iron Dome missile defense

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress approved a $225 million package to replenish Israel's missile defenses with its last order of business before a five-week recess, as the Jewish state's cease-fire with Hamas unraveled and Israeli forces pushed deep into Gaza in search of a missing army officer.

Jewish man's hate crime case reopens wounds in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — Yitzhak Shuchat, a white member of a civilian patrol group, and Andrew Charles, the black son of a police officer, came face to face in 2008 in a New York City neighborhood with a history of racial strife. That much is certain.

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BEIJING (AP) — At least 65 people were killed Saturday by an explosion at an eastern Chinese automotive parts factory that supplies General Motors, state media reported. The blast at the factory in the city of Kunshan in Jiangsu province also left more than 100 people injured, with many suffering severe burns, the official Xinhua News Agency said. Kunshan is about 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) sout

Former Malaysia PM Mahathir calls for Internet censorship

Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has called for the Internet to be censored to preserve "public morality", in what the opposition suggested Saturday was an attempt to silence government critics. Mahathir, who was the country's longest-serving prime minister, in office from 1981 to 2003, remains an influential figure in Malaysian politics. "The Internet has played a major role in

Israel bombards Gaza as it searches for soldier

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel is striking dozens of sites in Gaza as it continues a massive search for an officer it fears was captured by Hamas militants.

Homicide declared in case of New York man choked by police

Medical examiners ruled that the case of a New York man wrestled to the ground and choked to death in a police arrest in July was a homicide. Eric Garner, 43, a black father of six, died on July 17 after being tackled by white officers for allegedly selling illegal cigarettes in the New York City borough of Staten Island. An autopsy revealed that Garner suffered "compression of neck (choke hold)

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BEIJING (AP) — At least 65 people were killed Saturday by an explosion at an eastern Chinese automotive parts factory that supplies General Motors, state media reported. The blast at the factory in the city of Kunshan in Jiangsu province also left more than 100 people injured, with many suffering severe burns, the official Xinhua News Agency said. Kunshan is about 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) sout

Landslide blocks Nepal river; 6 people die

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A massive landslide blocked a mountain river in northern Nepal and caused the water to form a lake that threatens to burst and sweep several villages, officials said Saturday.

US Congress approves funding for Israel's Iron Dome

The US Congress approved $225 million for Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile defense system, credited with destroying missiles fired by Hamas before they could reach their targets. House of Representatives approved the funding by 395-8 in a late Friday vote. The Senate earlier approved the measure unanimously before the start of its five week summer recess. The measure now awaits President Barack O

107 Palestinians dead, Israel soldier missing as Gaza truce fails

At least 107 Palestinians were killed and an Israeli soldier was missing presumed captured as a fresh wave of violence swept through the Gaza Strip Saturday following the failure of an agreed ceasefire. The attacks continued throughout the night, leaving at least 35 Palestinians dead in the Gaza town of Rafah alone in a series of Israeli air raids in the hours since midnight (2100 GMT) Friday. U

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BEIJING (AP) — An explosion at an automotive parts factory in eastern China on Saturday morning killed between 40 and 65 people, state media reported. State broadcaster CCTV said in a brief report that the blast in Kunshan city in Jiangsu province left 65 people dead. The official Xinhua News Agency put the death toll at more than 40 with over 120 people injured.

Israel pounds Gaza as it searches for soldier

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel launched dozens of airstrikes early Saturday in the southern Gaza Strip as part of a large-scale search for a soldier Israel suspects was captured by Hamas fighters.

35 killed in Gaza; Israeli soldier feared captured

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A Gaza cease-fire quickly unraveled on Friday as violence erupted in and around a southern town in the war-ravaged strip, with at least 40 Palestinians killed in Israeli shelling while the military said two soldiers were killed and an infantry officer was feared captured during fighting there.

Soldier's 'selfie' raises questions over Moscow's role in Ukraine

Photos taken by a Russian soldier have sparked controversy after it was revealed they may have been taken in Ukraine, despite Moscow's denials that its troops have intervened in the conflict across the border. Alexander Sotkin, a 24-year-old Russian soldier and regular user of the photo-sharing app Instagram, recently uploaded a series of 'selfie' images of himself in uniform. While the content

Landslide blocks mountain river; 6 people die

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Police say a massive landslide has blocked a mountain river in northern Nepal and caused the water to form a lake that threatens to burst and sweep several villages.

Top Asian News at 4:00 a.m. GMT

BEIJING (AP) — An explosion at an automotive parts factory in eastern China on Saturday morning killed between 40 and 65 people, state media reported. State broadcaster CCTV said in a brief report that the blast in Kunshan city in Jiangsu province left 65 people dead. The official Xinhua News Agency put the death toll at more than 40 with over 120 people injured.

Puerto Rico braces for rain from tropical storm

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Tropical Storm Bertha spun toward Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic early Saturday after dumping heavy rain across the eastern Caribbean and causing several power outages in the region.

Car factory blast in China kills more than 40

BEIJING (AP) — An explosion at an automotive parts factory in eastern China on Saturday morning killed between 40 and 65 people, state media reported.

House passes border crisis bill as Obama vows to act alone

The US House of Representatives passed a bill to fund the child migrant crisis on the southwest US border hours after President Barack Obama vowed to act alone to tackle the problem. Since October, more than 57,000 unaccompanied minors have been apprehended crossing the US-Mexico border, about three-quarters of them from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras -- Central American countries where you

Philippines urges workers in Libya to leave while they can

The Philippines urged its thousands of workers in Libya on Saturday to leave the strife-torn nation now while they still can, warning that the remaining exit routes were closing fast. A ship chartered by Manila is set to sail from Malta in the coming days to pick up Filipinos from the ports of Benghazi, Misrata and possibly Tripoli, a foreign affairs department statement said. "The (Department o

Hamas: Missing soldier likely killed in strike

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Hamas military on Saturday distanced itself from the disappearance of a soldier Israel says is suspected to have been captured by Hamas fighters in Gaza.

Australia sends 157 Tamil Sri Lankans to Nauru

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — More than 150 Sri Lanka asylum seekers have been flown from an Australian immigration detention camp to the Pacific island nation of Nauru after they refused to consider returning to India, an Australian official said on Saturday.


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