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Israeli air strike kills three Hamas commanders in Gaza

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Maayan Lubell GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel killed three senior Hamas commanders in the Gaza Strip in an air strike on Thursday and said it would continue to target the group's armed leadership after a ceasefire failed. Hamas, which dominates Gaza, named the men as Mohammed Abu Shammala, Raed al-Attar and Mohammed Barhoum, the three highest-ranking casualties it has

British Muslims blame jihadi subculture after beheading video

By Kate Holton and Raheem Salman LONDON/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A British Muslim leader called on Thursday for action to tackle a jihadi sub-culture after an Islamic State video showed a suspected Briton beheading U.S. In Washington, Attorney General Eric Holder said the U.S. Justice Department had opened a criminal investigation into the death of Foley on the video, which featured a masked man speaki

Exclusive: Militants, weapons transit Gaza tunnels despite Egyptian crackdown

AL-SARSOURIYA Egypt (Reuters) - A third of the houses on the main street of this Bedouin town near Egypt's border with Gaza look derelict, but inside they buzz with the activity of tunnel smugglers scrambling to survive a security crackdown by the Egyptian army. While tunnels used by Gaza's dominant Hamas militants to infiltrate Israel were a priority target of an Israeli offensive in the Palest

'Terrorists' help U.S. in battle against Islamic State in Iraq

By Isabel Coles MAKHMUR Iraq (Reuters) - Washington has acquired an unlikely ally in its battle against Islamic State militants in Iraq - a group of fighters it formally classifies as terrorists. The outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), condemned for its three-decade insurgency against the Turkish state, says it played a decisive role in blunting the militants' sweep through Iraq, which trig

Pakistani protest leader says talks with government suspended

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik and Katharine Houreld ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - An opposition politician leading protesters trying to bring down Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said talks with the government were suspended on Thursday, as the continuing impasse raised fears for the nuclear-armed country's stability. Former cricketer Imran Khan and cleric Tahir ul-Qadri, who controls a network of Islamic schools

Ukraine border guards begin checks on Russian aid trucks

By Dmitry Madorsky BORDER CROSSING POINT DONETSK Russia (Reuters) - Ukrainian border guards began on Thursday to inspect a Russian truck convoy carrying aid earmarked for humanitarian relief in eastern Ukraine that has been stranded at the frontier between the two former Soviet republics for nearly a week. Kiev believes the convoy of some 260 trucks, carrying water, food and medicines, could pro

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.

Ukraine's economy minister announces resignation

Ukraine's economy minister announced his resignation on Thursday following conflicts within the government on how to turn around the dire national economic situation. "Instead of continuing to fight yesterday's system, I have decided to focus on working with the people of tomorrow," Pavlo Sheremeta wrote on his Facebook page. His resignation has to be signed by President Petro Poroshenko to go i

Serena Williams to face Townsend in Open 1st round

NEW YORK (AP) — Two-time defending champion Serena Williams will face American teen Taylor Townsend in the first round of the U.S. Open.

Hamas admits kidnapping Israeli teens

JERUSALEM (AP) — A senior Hamas leader says the group was behind 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.

Foley's death isn't changing views in Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — The beheading of an American journalist in Syria appears unlikely to change lawmakers' minds about military intervention against Islamic State extremists. It's equally unclear whether the Obama administration will be asking them to back a new U.S. approach.

Turkey's Davutoglu expected to be a docile premier

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, hand-picked by president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan to succeed him as prime minister, is expected to accept a largely backseat role as his boss strives to make his new job the most powerful position in the land.

Amazon starts selling physical books in Brazil

SAO PAULO (AP) — Online retailer Amazon has started selling physical books in Brazil, two years after it began selling books in digital format in Latin America's biggest country.

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.

Top Asian News at 5:00 p.m. GMT

BANGKOK (AP) — Three months after overthrowing an elected government, Thailand's junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will prolong his rule and bolster the military's grip on power. Thailand's legislature voted overwhelmingly Thursday to name Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha to the new job. There was little doubt over the outcome since

All eyes on Hamilton and Rosberg at Belgian GP

SPA, Belgium (AP) — All eyes will be on Mercedes at the Belgian Grand Prix as the increasingly tense rivalry between championship leader Nico Rosberg and teammate Lewis Hamilton resumes following a summer break.

Kuwait questions 2 on US terror-funding list

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kuwaiti police briefly detained and questioned two men designated by the U.S. Treasury Department as financiers of terror groups operating in Iraq and Syria, a lawyer and a security official said Thursday, amid mounting pressure from Washington on its Gulf ally to curb the flow of such funds.

Turkey's Davutoglu nominated new premier

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Recep Tayyip Erdogan nominated Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as his successor as prime minister on Thursday, with expectations high that the man who has dominated Turkish politics for more than a decade will stay in charge once he is president.

London FTSE ends higher after Fed rate hint

London's leading index ended higher on Thursday, cheered by hints the US Federal Reserve could raise interest rates sooner than expected in view of US growth, despite mixed eurozone data. The benchmark FTSE 100 added 0.33 percent to close at 6,777.66 points. Minutes from the July 29-30 Fed meeting showed policy makers increasingly at odds over how strong the US labour market is and what that mea

Brazil's Palmeiras struggling with Argentine coach

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian club Palmeiras made a rare move when it hired an Argentine coach earlier this year, and the results have not been good.

US judge readies response to Argentina's threats

NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. judge frustrated by debt-ridden Argentina's refusal to comply with his orders is being urged to take stronger action against the South American nation.

Amy Winehouse to be honoured with hometown statue

The late singer Amy Winehouse will be honoured with a lifesize statue in her old London neighbourhood on what would have been her 31st birthday, her family said Thursday. The bronze of the "Back to Black" singer, complete with her famous beehive hairdo, will go on display September 14 at Camden's Stable Markets. "Now Amy will oversee the comings and goings of her hometown forever," her father Mi

Britain's Carlin wins 800-meter gold at Europeans

BERLIN (AP) — Jazmin Carlin of Britain won the gold medal in the women's 800-meter race by pulling away in the last two laps at the European Swimming Championship on Thursday.

U.S. EPA makes strides in air toxics but work remains in cities: report

The United States has made progress in reducing dangerous air pollution since 1990 but work remains to reduce risks for the country's most overburdened urban areas, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's top official said on Thursday. The EPA released to Congress its second report on integrated air toxics, citing "substantial progress" toward reducing levels of contaminants such as arsenic, me

Foreign Minister Davutoglu to be new Turkey PM

Turkey's ruling party on Thursday chose Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to be its new leader and prime minister, to replace Recep Tayyip Erdogan when he takes the presidency next week. Erdogan -- who has dominated Turkey's political scene for 11 years as prime minister -- announced the decision after an executive committee meeting of his Justice and Development Party (AKP) to decide on his succ

Reporter's death galvanizes anger, little action

PARIS (AP) — The killing of an American reporter is galvanizing international anger at Islamic State extremists and fueling fears about the flow of foreign fighters joining their ranks. But governments from the Mideast to Europe and even Washington appear uncertain about how to stop them.

Israeli airstrike kills 3 senior Hamas leaders

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — An Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed three senior Hamas military commanders Thursday, delivering a likely blow to the organization's morale and highlighting the long reach of Israel's intelligence services.

For embattled Ukraine rebels, no time to honor the dead

By Maria Tsvetkova and Thomas Grove DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Pro-Moscow rebels in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk are taking such heavy losses in fighting with advancing government troops they no longer have time to give their comrades a proper burial. DEATH TOLL The Sixth Capital cemetery, named after a nearby coal mine, is the only one in Donetsk that receives fighters' bodies for mass burials,

Israeli strikes kill senior Hamas commanders in Gaza

Israeli warplanes killed three top Hamas commanders in southern Gaza on Thursday, inflicting a heavy blow on the movement's armed wing after failing to kill its top military chief. As the six-week war between Israel and Hamas raged on, leaving Egyptian mediated truce talks in tatters, warplanes pounded Gaza killing three members of the Islamist movement's armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Briga

Saudi court sentences 18 to prison for terrorism

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced 18 more people on terrorism charges, part of an alleged 50-member cell charged with launching attacks aimed at toppling the monarchy around a decade ago.


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