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| Netanyahu vows to complete Gaza tunnels destruction|
By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Jeffrey Heller GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing international alarm over a rising civilian death toll in Gaza, said on Thursday he would not accept any ceasefire that stopped Israel completing the destruction of militants' infiltration tunnels. The Israeli military estimated on Wednesday that accomplishing that task, already into its fourth week, would take several more days. "We are determined to complete this mission, with or without a ceasefire," Netanyahu said in public remarks at the start of a meeting of his full cabinet in Tel Aviv. "I wont agree to any proposal that will not enable the Israeli military to finish this important task, for the sake of Israel's security." Leaving open the option of widening a ground campaign in the Hamas Islamist-dominated Gaza Strip, the Israeli military said it had called up an additional 16,000 reservists.
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:11:33 -0400
| Ukraine says suspends attacks to let experts reach crash site, rebels deny|
KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Ukraine said on Thursday it had suspended offensive operations in its military campaign in east Ukraine to help international experts reach the downed Malaysian airliner's crash site but separatists were continuing to attack its positions. Kiev said on the Facebook website of what it calls its "anti-terrorist operation" (ATO) against pro-Russian rebels in the east that it was heeding calls by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to stop fighting near the plane crash site. "But mercenary fighters of the Russian terrorists are not respecting any international agreements and requests." The rebels have accused Kiev of blocking access to the Malaysian MH17 flight crash site by fighting in the area. "Ukraine continued to violate the ceasefire in the MH17 crash area, not allowing OSCE observers and experts from the Netherlands and Australia to enter the area," said Sergei Kavtaradze, an aide to top rebel leader Aleksander Borodai.
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:27:27 -0400
| Kurdish oil cargo unloaded at sea, destination a mystery|
By Keith Wallis SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Part of a Kurdish oil cargo has been offloaded from a Greek-managed tanker into another tanker in the South China Sea, but mystery surrounds the identity of the buyer and where the two tankers are headed. The United Emblem, which is carrying more than 1 million barrels of oil, is one of three tankers loaded with oil from the autonomous Kurdish region, which is trying to sell oil independently. Iraqi Kurdistan is locked in a bitter legal and diplomatic struggle with Baghdad over international oil sales. The Kurdistan Regional Government filed a letter with the Texas court arguing its sales are allowed under the Iraqi constitution.
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:32:13 -0400
| Indians trade Justin Masterson to Cardinals (Yahoo Sports)|
The Indians had little choice but to give up Justin Masterson. ''We will never raise the white flag,'' Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. Anybody who stands next to me in the dugout knows that will never happen.'' Protecting themselves in case the 29-year-old Masterson left as a free agent after the season, the Indians traded the right-hander on Wednesday to the St. Louis Cardinals. The trade of Masterson could be followed by other moves by the Indians, who entered Wednesday 6 1-2 games behind first-place Detroit in the AL Central and in a scramble with five other teams for the league's second wild-card spot.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:17:41 PDT
| Cowboys sign OT Tyron Smith to 8-year extension (Yahoo Sports)|
Tyron Smith has a new contract that will probably make him the most important blocker for the next Dallas quarterback after Tony Romo. Smith joins Romo as the only Cowboys with contracts valued at more than $100 million. Smith was just 20 when the Cowboys took him ninth overall in 2011 out of Southern California. He's off the charts.'' In a statement through his marketing agency, Smith said the Cowboys approached him with what is a cap-friendly deal for the franchise, and the lineman asked his agents to weigh the pros and cons of signing it.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:24:01 PDT
| Riley speaks out, insists Heat will be competitive (Yahoo Sports)|
One of the last things Miami Heat President Pat Riley told LeBron James before free agency began this summer was that he would be selling potential players on the notion of playing alongside a four-time NBA MVP. Riley made that revelation Wednesday, shortly after the Heat completed the signing of Chris Bosh to a $118 million, five-year contract and essentially wrapped up their roster-rebuilding project for next season, the first of the post-LeBron era in Miami. The Heat have 12 players locked in for next season, Bosh and Dwyane Wade foremost among them, and Riley expects the four-time defending Eastern Conference champions to compete once again this coming year. James is now back with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team that he left for Miami in 2010, four trips to the NBA Finals and two championships ago.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:31:58 PDT
| Argentina slides into default as debt talks fail|
NEW YORK (AP) — The collapse of talks with U.S. creditors sent Argentina into its second debt default in 13 years and raised questions about what comes next for financial markets and the South American nation's staggering economy.
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:18:40 -0400
| Fast food ambitions in China hurt by safety scares|
BEIJING (AP) — Already China's biggest restaurant operator with 4,600 outlets, KFC is pursuing Chinese consumers so avidly it opens two more every day.
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 04:54:40 -0400
| Homeowner who fought off Trump is moving on|
She once called Donald Trump "a maggot, a cockroach and a crumb." This week, he remembered her as "an impossible person."
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:21:57 -0400
| Ginsberg: Male justices have 'blind spot'|
Supreme Court justice discusses her dissent in Hobby Lobby case with Yahoo's Katie Couric.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:50:27 -0400
| Wisc. Supreme Court upholds law that ended collective bargaining|
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the 2011 law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers, sparked massive protests and led to Republican Gov. Scott Walker's recall election and rise to national prominence.
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:41:26 -0400
| The impending death of Libya's dream to be a democracy|
Since then, a chaotic welter of regional militias has been competing for riches and influence. No ordinary turf war, the latest fighting could define Libya’s future and perhaps end its dream of democracy. The violence is most likely a calculated attempt at politics by other means, says Karim Mezran at the Atlantic Council, a think-tank in Washington. Libya’s political landscape has polarized sharply in recent months between Islamists who have dominated the interim parliament and their non-Islamist rivals.
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:43:34 -0400