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Palestinians gather near the minaret of a mosque that police said was destroyed by an Israeli Air strike in Gaza City July 30, 2014. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

Gaza toll soars as Israel 'days' from completing tunnel hunt

31 July 2014

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel pressed ahead with its Gaza offensive saying it was days from achieving its core goal of destroying all Islamist guerrilla cross-border attack tunnels, but a soaring Palestinian civilian toll has triggered international alarm.

Spanish priest Antonio Rodriguez (L) walks into the Central Bureau of Investigation with a police investigator in San Salvador July 30, 2014.  REUTERS/Jessica Orellana

El Salvador detains Spanish priest for smuggling cell phones into jail

31 July 2014

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - El Salvadoran police detained a Spanish priest known for supporting a fragile gang truce over allegations he smuggled cell phones into jail, police said, a move questioned later on Wednesday by El Salvador's president.

China evacuates hundreds of workers from Libya to Malta

31 July 2014

VALLETTA Malta (Reuters) - China has evacuated several hundred workers from Libya and is taking them by ship to Malta, the head of the Malta Civil Service, Mario Cutajar, said on Wednesday.

Increasing traffic: Although Beijing already has a hub servicing 80 million people, a second

Asia tourist boom fuels airport expansion

31 July 2014

SINGAPORE: Faced with snaking queues at immigration, overflowing baggage carousels and expensive flight delays, Asian nations are rushing to build hundreds of new airports to cope with surging demand for air travel in the region.

Staying informed: Buddhist monks reading court documents during a break at the hearing against Khieu Samphan (inset) in Phnom Penh. - AP

Cambodia's Khmer Rouge leaders face host of charges

31 July 2014

PHNOM PENH: Cambodia’s UN-backed Khmer Rouge court began a second trial of two former regime leaders on charges including genocide of Vietnamese people and ethnic Muslims, forced marriages and rape.

Peace Corps withdraws from W. Africa over Ebola fears

31 July 2014

The US Peace Corps announced Wednesday it was pulling hundreds of volunteers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone due to growing concerns over the spread of the deadly Ebola epidemic raging in West Africa.

'Complacent' NATO unprepared for Russian threat - British lawmakers

31 July 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - NATO is not prepared for the threat of a Russian attack on one of its members, British lawmakers said on Thursday, calling for more equipment and troops to be positioned in the Baltic States, which, they said, were particularly vulnerable.

Anti-Semitic incidents rise in Britain as Gaza conflict rages

31 July 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - Anti-Semitic incidents in Britain have risen to a near record level since the start of an Israeli assault on the Palestinian enclave of Gaza this month, a Jewish advisory body said on Thursday.

Drug-resistant malaria reaches Southeast Asia borders, could spread to Africa

31 July 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - Drug-resistant malaria parasites have spread to border regions of Southeast Asia, seriously threatening global efforts to control and eliminate the mosquito-borne disease, researchers said on Wednesday.

U.S. resupplies Israel with munitions as Gaza offensive rages

31 July 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has allowed Israel, waging an offensive in the Gaza Strip, to tap a local U.S. arms stockpile in the past week to resupply it with grenades and mortar rounds, a U.S. defence official said on Thursday.

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