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  • Carnage at U.N. school as Israel pounds Gaza refugee camp

    Wednesday, 3:35 AM

    Smoke rises after an explosion in the northern Gaza StripBy Nidal al-Mughrabi and Jeffrey Heller GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel killed at least 19 Palestinians sheltering in a school in Gaza's biggest refugee camp on Wednesday, a U.N. official said, as Egyptian mediators prepared a revised proposal to try to halt more than three weeks of fighting. Some 3,000 Palestinians, including many women and children, were taking refuge in the building in Jebalya refugee camp when it came under fire around dawn, Khalil al-Halabi, director of northern Gaza operations for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said. UNRWA said on Tuesday it had found a cache of rockets concealed at another Gaza school - the third such discovery since the conflict began.


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  • EU and U.S. announce new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

    Tuesday, 1:26 PM

    Armed pro-Russian separatists stand guard on the suburbs of ShakhtarskBy Justyna Pawlak and Eric Beech BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The European Union and the United States on Tuesday announced further sanctions against Russia, targeting its energy, banking and defense sectors in the strongest international action yet over Moscow's support for rebels in eastern Ukraine. The measures mark the start of a new phase in the biggest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the Cold War, which worsened dramatically after the downing of Malaysian flight MH17 over rebel-held territory on July 17 by what Western countries say was a Russian-supplied missile. "If Russia continues on this current path, the costs on Russia will continue to grow," President Barack Obama said in Washington. "Russia's actions in Ukraine and the sanctions that we've already imposed have made a weak Russian economy even weaker," he said.


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  • Two former senior Murdoch editors charged over UK phone-hacking

    Wednesday, 3:28 AM

    A man passes a sign outside the News International Limited complex, in LondonTwo more senior journalists from Rupert Murdoch's defunct British tabloid the News of the World have been charged with phone-hacking, prosecutors said on Wednesday, weeks after the paper's ex-editor was jailed for the crime. Neil Wallis, the paper's ex-deputy editor, and former features editor Jules Stenson, have been charged with conspiracy to intercept voicemails on mobile phones of well-known figures or people close to them, the Crown Prosecution Service said. The charges come after Andy Coulson, who edited the paper from 2003 until 2007 before later working as Prime Minister David Cameron's media chief, was jailed for 18 months for encouraging staff to hack phones in a bid to get exclusive stories.


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  • Russia's central bank supports sanctions targets

    Wednesday, 3:36 AM

    President Barack Obama speaks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 29, 2014, as he announces new economic sanctions against key sectors of the Russian economy in the latest move to force Russian President Vladimir Putin to end his support for Ukrainian rebels. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's central bank promised to support financial institutions hit by U.S. sanctions as stocks took a tumble in Moscow on Wednesday.


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  • Ukraine army retakes town on edge of rebel bastion Donetsk

    Wednesday, 3:18 AM

    A Ukrainian man videos a shell crater in Donetsk, on July 29, 2014Ukraine's army said Wednesday that it had retaken a town on the outskirts of the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk, and intercepted another convoy of vehicles crossing over from Russia. Government forces said in a statement that they had seized control of Avdiyivka, a town of some 40,000 about a dozen kilometres north of Donetsk, as Kiev tightened its grip around the key insurgent bastion. Meanwhile, fighting rumbled on in the area around the crash site of downed Malaysia Airlines flight 17, with government forces saying they were conducting a "mopping up" operation in the town of Ilovaysk, some 40 kilometres west of the downed jet. The latest advances come as government troops attempt to push on with an offensive that has seen them reclaim a string of key towns in the past few weeks, and could see them cut alleged supply routes from Russia to rebels camped out in Donetsk.


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  • Deadly shelling hits UN school as Hamas mulls truce

    Wednesday, 3:12 AM

    A Palestinian hugs his father who was wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a UN school in Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, following their arrival at the Kamal Edwan hospital in Beit Lahia, on July 30, 2014Israeli shells struck a UN school in Gaza on Wednesday, killing 16, as ground troops made a signficant push into the territory despite Palestinian efforts to broker a 24-hour truce. It was the second time in a week that a UN school sheltering hundreds of homeless Palestinians had been hit, with the latest violence pushing the Gaza death toll over 1,270. The bloodshed came as a top-level Palestinian delegation, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders, was preparing to head to Cairo to discuss a new proposal for a temporary humanitarian ceasefire, a top PLO official said.


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  • Water main break, geyser flood UCLA campus, strand motorists

    Wednesday, 2:40 AM

    A man walks through flood water up stairs from a parking structure outside UCLA's Pauley Pavilion sporting arena in Los AngelesBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A major water main ruptured underneath a street near the University of California, Los Angeles on Tuesday, unleashing a 20-foot-tall geyser and millions of gallons of water that flooded part of campus and stranded motorists on nearby streets. The water gushed across the north end of the campus for several hours, submerging athletic fields and pouring into an underground parking structure, where motorists were caught in water up to their wheel wells, Los Angles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said. The deluge happened as California suffers through a record drought that has prompted state and local authorities to impose water-use restrictions on residents, such as fines for wasting even a few gallons on excessive lawn-watering. Workers were removing inches of standing water from the floor of the UCLA basketball team's Pauley Pavilion, which in 2012 underwent a multi million-dollar renovation, university spokesman Ricardo Vazquez said.


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  • Tokyo governor defends venue relocation plans

    Wednesday, 2:08 AM

    Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe arrives at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan for a press conference in Tokyo Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Masuzoe has defended his call for a review of the venue plan for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, even if it threatens the proposal of having almost all the facilities close to the Athlete's Village. Tokyo won the right to host the 2020 Olympics with a promise to deliver a compact games with 28 of the proposed 33 competition venues within 5 miles (8 kilometers) of the village. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe on Wednesday defended his call to cut costs by relocating some venues for the 2020 Olympics, even if it threatens plans for having almost all the facilities close to the athletes village.


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  • Your Top Plays for Today

    Wednesday, 12:00 AM

    Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone prepares for his trial framed by his his lawyers Sven Thomas, left, and Norbert Scharf, right, in the regional court in Munich, southern Germany, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Ecclestone is charged with bribery and incitement to breach of trust "in an especially grave case" over a US $44 million payment to a German banker, that prosecutors allege was meant to facilitate the sale of the Formula One Group to a buyer of Ecclestone's liking. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader,Pool)Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide


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  • Russia's central bank supports sanctions targets

    Wednesday, 3:36 AM

    President Barack Obama speaks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 29, 2014, as he announces new economic sanctions against key sectors of the Russian economy in the latest move to force Russian President Vladimir Putin to end his support for Ukrainian rebels. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's central bank promised to support financial institutions hit by U.S. sanctions as stocks took a tumble in Moscow on Wednesday.


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  • Two former senior Murdoch editors charged over UK phone-hacking

    Wednesday, 3:28 AM

    A man passes a sign outside the News International Limited complex, in LondonTwo more senior journalists from Rupert Murdoch's defunct British tabloid the News of the World have been charged with phone-hacking, prosecutors said on Wednesday, weeks after the paper's ex-editor was jailed for the crime. Neil Wallis, the paper's ex-deputy editor, and former features editor Jules Stenson, have been charged with conspiracy to intercept voicemails on mobile phones of well-known figures or people close to them, the Crown Prosecution Service said. The charges come after Andy Coulson, who edited the paper from 2003 until 2007 before later working as Prime Minister David Cameron's media chief, was jailed for 18 months for encouraging staff to hack phones in a bid to get exclusive stories.


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  • Euro zone sentiment improves, overcoming Ukraine crisis concern

    Wednesday, 3:27 AM

    A woman walks past a shop window in downtown RomeBy Martin Santa BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Euro zone economic sentiment unexpectedly improved in July despite the deepening crisis between the West and Russia over Ukraine, data showed on Wednesday, and inflation expectations among consumers and companies edged up. Consumer morale rose in three of the euro zone's five biggest economies, led by Italy and followed by France and the Netherlands, while the bloc's growth engine Germany and Spain saw sentiment worsening. The monthly economic sentiment index for the 18 countries sharing the euro rose to 102.2 in July from a revised 102.1 in June. Europe, following months of hesitations, agreed on Tuesday to broad economic sanctions on Russia - its third-biggest trading partner - targeting Moscow's energy, banking and defence sectors over Moscow's support for rebels in eastern Ukraine.


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  • Humana says quarterly profit fell on health reform, drug costs

    Wednesday, 3:31 AM

    (Reuters) - U.S. health insurer Humana Inc said on Wednesday that second-quarter profit fell due to investments in the insurance exchanges created under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law as well as costly new hepatitis C drug treatments. Humana said membership growth and share buybacks had helped offset some of the new costs. The company said net income fell to $344 million, or $2.19 per share, from $420 million, or $2.63 a share, a year earlier. That was in line with analysts' estimates. (Reporting by Caroline Humer; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)... read more

  • WellPoint second-quarter profit falls but beats estimates

    Wednesday, 3:25 AM

    (Reuters) - U.S. health insurer WellPoint Inc said on Wednesday that profit fell in the second quarter, partly because of some higher administrative costs stemming from the healthcare reform law and new fees, but it still came in ahead of Wall Street estimates. WellPoint, which runs Anthem and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans, said net income fell to $731 million, or $2.56 per share, from $800 million, or $2.64 per share, a year earlier. WellPoint is the third large health insurer to beat analysts' earnings estimates for the quarter, although investors have watched reports closely for signs that costs may be rising. WellPoint said it spent 82.7 percent of the premiums that it brought in on medical claims in what is known as the medical benefit expense ratio.... read more

  • AstraZeneca buys Almirall lung drugs for up to $2.1 billion

    Wednesday, 3:00 AM

    A sign is seen at an AstraZeneca site in MacclesfieldBy Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - AstraZeneca took a major step to build up its respiratory medicine business on Wednesday by striking a deal worth up to $2.1 billion for the rights to Spanish group Almirall's lung drugs. The British drugmaker, which resisted a $118 billion takeover attempt by Pfizer in May, said it would pay an initial $875 million and up to $1.22 billion more if the drugs meet development and sales targets. The tie-up boosts a key therapeutic area for AstraZeneca, whose Chief Executive Pascal Soriot is determined to show his company has a strong independent future. Soriot also struck a clinical trial collaboration with Japan's Kyowa Hakko Kirin for a study that will evaluate a combination of the two companies' drugs in cancer - another important field for AstraZeneca.


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