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Gaza City – Hamas Armed Wing: Israeli Soldier May Have Been Killed In Ambush

August 1, 2014 at 07:20 PM
Gaza City - The Hamas Islamist group's armed wing in the Gaza Strip said on Saturday it had no clear indication on the whereabouts of an Israeli soldier that Israel has accused them of abducting, adding he may have been killed during an ambush. A statement by the group said it had no contact with militants who were operating in the area in the southern Gaza Strip where Israel said...

London – Why Isn’t There A Treatment Or Vaccine For Ebola?

August 1, 2014 at 06:30 PM
London - In the four decades since the Ebola virus was first identified in Africa, treatment hasn't changed much. There are no licensed drugs or vaccines for the deadly disease. Some are being developed, but none have been rigorously tested in humans. One experimental treatment, though, was tried this week in an American aid worker sick with Ebola, according to the U.S-based group that she...

Washington – Obama Says Will Be Hard To Get A New Ceasefire In Gaza, Reiterates Support For Kerry

August 1, 2014 at 05:30 PM
Washington - 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...

New York, NY – After Chokehold Death, NYC Mayor Sends Sympathy

August 1, 2014 at 05:15 PM
New York, NY - Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) is extending his "deepest sympathy" to the family of a New York City man whose death was ruled to be caused by a police chokehold. De Blasio issued a statement Friday shortly after the medical examiner ruled that Eric Garner's death last month was a homicide. The mayor also has reiterated his commitment to improving the relationship...

Gaza City – 140 Palestinians Killed, As Israel Pushes Deeper In Gaza After Soldier Seized

August 1, 2014 at 04:48 PM
Gaza City - 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. The apparent capture of the soldier and the collapse of the truce set the stage for a possible expansion of Israel's 25-day-old...

New York – Wall Street Ends Down; S&P Has Worst Week Since 2012

August 1, 2014 at 04:13 PM
New York - Stocks ended lower on Friday as jobs data suggesting the Federal Reserve has room to keep interest rates low for some time was offset by lingering concern over Argentina's default. The Dow Jones industrial average < .DJI> fell 68.97 points, or 0.42 percent, to 16,494.33, the S&P 500 < .SPX> lost 5.29 points, or 0.27 percent, to 1,925.38, and the Nasdaq Composite < .IXIC> dropped...

Atlanta, GA – 2 Ebola Victims To Be Treated At Atlanta Hospital

August 1, 2014 at 04:06 PM
Atlanta, GA - Two American aid workers infected with the Ebola virus in Africa will be treated at a specialized unit of an Atlanta hospital. Dr. Bruce Ribner said Friday the patients will receive care at Emory University Hospital. Ribner said he had no personal safety concerns over treating the patients of the dangerous disease. Hospital officials did not identify the patients, citing...

New York – Growing Number Of Stars Risk Opinions On Gaza Conflict

August 1, 2014 at 03:19 PM
New York - When director Jonathan Demme was approached to show support for all victims of the conflict in Gaza, he didn't hesitate to sign on. Actor Wallace Shawn is willing to put up with jeers on the street for his opinions about the violence. And Mark Ruffalo is determined to air his views about the fighting on Twitter, no matter the cost to his social media numbers. The Israel-Palestinian...

New York, NY – Medical Examiner: Chokehold By Police Officer Caused Death Of NYC Man

August 1, 2014 at 03:15 PM
New York, NY - The medical examiner has ruled that a police officer's chokehold on a New York City man last month caused his death. Medical examiner spokeswoman Julie Bolcer said Friday that Eric Garner's July 17 death was ruled a homicide. Bolcer says his death was caused by "the compression of his chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police." She says asthma and heart...

Washington – Obama: Captured Israeli Soldier Must Be Released Immediately And Unconditionally

August 1, 2014 at 02:56 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama is calling for the unconditional and immediate release of an Israeli soldier who was apparently captured in a clash with Hamas militants. Obama says it will be difficult to put back together the cease-fire between Hamas and Israel that collapsed Friday. But he says the U.S. will continue working toward a cease-fire. He says Israel committed to the...

Ankara – Turkey Says Will Help Find Captured Israeli Soldier, But Gaza Ceasefire Priority

August 1, 2014 at 02:27 PM
Ankara - Turkey will do what it can to help free an Israeli soldier whose capture led to the breakdown of a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas but the priority should be the reinstatement of a truce, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Friday. "What is important is that the ceasefire is reinstated. To ensure this, together with others, we can take any step that could resolve this Israeli...

Warsaw – Poland Marks 70th Anniversary Of Warsaw Uprising

August 1, 2014 at 02:16 PM
Warsaw, Poland - Sirens let out a long and mournful wail and people and traffic stood still on the streets of Warsaw on Friday as Poland commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, a revolt against Nazi Germany that ended tragically for the Poles. On Aug. 1, 1944, thousands of poorly-armed young city residents rose up against the German forces to try to take control of Warsaw...

Conakry, Guinea – WHO: Ebola Moving Faster Than Control Efforts

August 1, 2014 at 01:53 PM
Conakry, Guinea - An Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 700 people in West Africa is moving faster than the efforts to control the disease, the head of the World Health Organization warned as presidents from the affected countries met Friday in Guinea's capital. Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, said the meeting in Conakry "must be a turning point" in...

Washington – Obama Talks To Putin About Ukraine, Missile Treaty

August 1, 2014 at 01:40 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama has spoken to Russian President Vladimir Putin to reiterate concern about Russia's support of separatists in Ukraine and about Russian compliance with a 1987 nuclear missile treaty that the U.S. says Moscow breached. The White House says Obama spoke to Putin Friday. The call came at the end of a week in which the U.S. and the European Union increased...

Ramstein, Germany – Kerry Calls On Qatari, Turkey To Help Find Israeli Soldier

August 1, 2014 at 01:07 PM
Ramstein, Germany - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, fearing an escalation of violence in Gaza, called on Turkey and Qatar on Friday to use their influence to secure the release of a kidnapped Israeli soldier whose abduction led to the breakdown of a short-lived ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. Kerry called Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al Attiyah and Turkish Foreign...

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