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Gaza’s only power plant taken out; utility official says attack ‘catastrophic’ for 1.8 million

By From Wire Reports
GAZA CITY — Israeli forces pounded Hamas symbols of control and Gaza’s only power plant in one of the heaviest bombardments in the three-week conflict, …

Strike on crowded Gaza area kills 16, wounds 150

By The Associated Press 1:19 p.m.
JEBALIYA REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip — An Israeli airstrike hit a crowded Gaza shopping area on Wednesday, killing at least 16 people and wounding more …

Ebola claims hero doctor in Sierra Leone

By The Associated Press
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — A leading doctor who risked his own life to treat dozens of Ebola patients died Tuesday from the disease, officials said, as a major regional airline announced it was suspending flights to the cities hardest hit …

Reports include ‘aliens’ as origin of Russian holes

By Reuters
MOSCOW — Two more craters of unknown origin have been spotted in Russia’s Siberia region, weeks after a similar-looking hole was found in the isolated …

Karzai’s kin killed in suicide bombing

By The Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan — A powerful cousin of outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai was assassinated by a suicide bomber hiding explosives in his cap on Tuesday, a provincial official said. It was the latest attack targeting Afghan power brokers and government …

Real-life ‘Ratatouille’ invade garden of Louvre

By The Associated Press
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 Paris has …

CMU graduates its first class in Rwanda

By Corinne Kennedy
Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda graduated its first class on July 24. Twenty-two students received master’s degrees of information technology at the ceremony in the capital of Kigali, the school said in a statement. CMU said it is the only …

Libya torn by worst fighting since 2011 revolution

By USA Today
TRIPOLI — Libya appealed for international help on Monday when an oil depot was set on fire during severe fighting between rival militias at Tripoli’s international airport in the worst level of violence since the 2011 revolution that ousted Moammar …

Syrian casualties surge amid rise in attacks by Islamic State

By The Associated Press
More than 2,000 Syrians — almost half of them pro-government forces — have been killed in just over two weeks of fighting in Syria, marking one of the worst death tolls in the country’s three-year civil war, opposition activists said …

Pakistani mob attacks minority Muslims, suffocates 3 over Facebook rumor

By The Associated Press
LAHORE, Pakistan — A Pakistani mob burned down several homes belonging to the minority Ahmadi sect in the country’s east, killing a woman and her two granddaughters in riots sparked by rumors about blasphemous postings on Facebook, police said on …

Obama, European leaders agree to new Russia sanctions

By From Wire Reports
President Obama and European leaders agreed on Monday on a new set of sanctions on Russia over destabilizing actions by separatists in Ukraine, officials said on Monday. The sanctions are likely to target Russia’s energy, arms and financial sectors. The …

Fighting in Ukraine prompts residents to flee

By From Wire Reports
 In an escalation of tensions, the Obama administration accused Russia on Monday of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach “a very serious matter” and going public with allegations that have simmered for some …

Israeli leader signals no quick end to Gaza conflict

By From Wire Reports
JERUSALEM — Israel will press its air and ground offensive in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday, preparing his country for …

Iraq’s split into 3 states becomes a reality

By USA Today
Ever since U.S. forces invaded Iraq and toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003, the U.S. government has worried that Iraq would splinter into three states — each representing the feuding religious and ethnic factions the dictator held together through his iron …

U.S. claims images prove Russia firing into Ukraine

By The Washington Post
KIEV, Ukraine — As Washington released images on Sunday that it said proved Russia is shooting into eastern Ukraine to support separatists, rebels and government …

Costa Concordia completes final voyage

By The Associated Press
GENOA, Italy — The shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner completed its last journey on Sunday, reaching Genoa, where it will be scrapped. Pulled by tugboats and nudged by winds, the ship was eased into the port in this northwestern Italian …

Venezuela says ex-general sought by U.S. to be freed in Aruba

By Reuters
CARACAS — Venezuela said on Sunday that retired military Gen. Hugo Carvajal, wanted by the United States in connection with drug accusations and arrested four days ago on the Caribbean island of Aruba, would be freed and return home shortly. …

Israel admits shelling U.N. school, denies strike intentional

By The Associated Press
JERUSALEM — Israel acknowledged on Sunday that troops fired a mortar shell that hit the courtyard of a U.N. school in Gaza last week, but said aerial footage shows the yard was empty at the time and that the shell …