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Gaza gunmen execute 18 'collaborators' in Gaza; Israel pursues air strikes
A Hamas militant grabs a Palestinian suspected of collaborating with Israel in Gaza CityBy Nidal al-Mughrabi and Allyn Fisher-Ilan GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Hamas-led gunmen in Gaza executed 18 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel on Friday, a day after Israel tracked down and killed three top Hamas commanders, the highest-ranking militants to be killed in the six-week war. Seven people were shot dead in front of worshippers outside a mosque in one of Gaza's main squares, witnesses said, the first public executions in the Palestinian enclave since the 1990s. A further 11 were killed at an abandoned police station near Gaza City, Hamas security officials said. In the public execution, militants wearing masks and dressed in black gunned down the suspects, whose faces were covered and hands bound, as worshippers emerged from the Omari mosque on Palestine Square, one of Gaza's busiest districts.


Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:01:47 -0400

Shi'ite militias open fire in Iraqi mosque, killing 30 Sunnis
Peshmerga fighters are seen in vehicles with Kurdish flags as they guard Mosul Dam in northern IraqBy Raheem Salman and Alexander Dziadosz BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Shi'ite militiamen opened fire on minority Sunni Muslims in a mosque on Friday, killing dozens just as Baghdad is trying to build a cross-community government to fight Sunni Islamists whose rise has alarmed Western powers. One Iraqi security source said 30 people had been killed when the militias attacked the mosque in Baquba, capital of Diyala province northeast of Baghdad, on the Muslim day of prayer. The bloodbath marks a setback for Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi, from the majority Shi'ite community, who is seeking support from Sunnis and ethnic Kurds to take on the Islamic State insurgency that is threatening to tear Iraq apart. In the northern city of Mosul, Islamic State stoned a man to death, witnesses said, as the United States raised the prospect of tackling jihadist safe havens across the border in Syria.


Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:43:22 -0400

Ukraine accuses Russia of invasion after aid convoy crosses border
Trucks of a Russian convoy carrying humanitarian aid for Ukraine drive onto the territory of Russia-Ukraine border crossing point "Donetsk" in Russia's Rostov RegionBy Dmitry Madorsky DONETSK-IZVARINO BORDER CROSSING Russia (Reuters) - Ukraine declared on Friday that Russia had launched a "direct invasion" of its territory after Moscow sent a convoy of aid trucks across the border into eastern Ukraine where pro-Russian rebels are fighting government forces. Moscow, which has thousands of troops close on the Russian side of the border, warned against any attempt to "disrupt" the convoy but did not specify what action it was prepared to take if Kiev's forces intervened. Kiev, for its part, said Ukrainian forces would not attack the convoy and had allowed it to pass to avoid "provocations". "Ukraine will liaise with the International Committee of the Red Cross so that we, Ukraine, are not involved in provocations (accusations) that we have been holding up or using force against the vehicles of so-called aid," he told journalists.


Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:26:13 -0400

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Angels' Richards out for season with knee injury (Yahoo Sports)
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards grimaces as he is attended to on the field after an injury during the second inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)The Los Angeles Angels are going to be without Garrett Richards for a playoff run. One of the AL West leader's top starters sustained a serious knee injury, tearing his left patellar tendon Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox Richards was 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA this year. It's a serious blow to the Angels, who also lost starter Tyler Skaggs to Tommy John surgery earlier this season. ''You're going to be thinking of Garrett once every fifth day when he was out there,'' manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday.


Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:37:56 PDT

Source: Wolves get Young as part of Love trade (Yahoo Sports)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 4: Thaddeus Young #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers dribbles the ball against the Boston Celtics on April 4, 2014 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)The Minnesota Timberwolves secured the final piece they wanted in a blockbuster Kevin Love trade. A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that the Timberwolves will receive Philadelphia 76ers power forward Thaddeus Young as part of the deal that will send Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Wolves agreed weeks ago to send Love to Cleveland, where he will team up with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving to make the Cavaliers an instant favorite in the Eastern Conference.


Fri, 22 Aug 2014 06:19:14 PDT

McIlroy stumbles to 74, worst start in 2 months (Yahoo Sports)
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, reacts to hitting into a sand trap on the 13th hole during the first round of play at The Barclays golf tournament Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Paramus, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)Rory McIlroy took a week to celebrate his blockbuster summer and paid for it in The Barclays with his worst start in two months. With no guarantee of playing beyond this week, Van Pelt opened with three straight birdies Thursday and chipped in for eagle late in his round for a 6-under 65 that gave him a one-shot lead in the opener of the FedEx Cup playoffs. Van Pelt is No. 104 in the FedEx Cup.


Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:44:37 PDT

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Wall Street to open flat ahead of Yellen; Ukraine eyed
A trader looks up at a chart on his computer screen while working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New YorkFutures initially lost ground after Ukrainian authorities said trucks from a Russian aid convoy had crossed into Ukraine without permission, which it termed a "flagrant violation" of international law and as the country appealed to the international community to condemn Russia's actions as illegal and aggressive. Market participants will closely monitor a speech Yellen is due to make at a policymakers' meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, for insights into how soon interest rates may be raised. European Central Bank President Mario Draghi is also expected to speak.


Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:10:59 -0400

Dollar flatlines ahead of Yellen, Draghi at Jackson Hole
Packs of U.S. one hundred dollar billas are counted at a bank in Westminster, ColoradoBy Marc Jones LONDON (Reuters) - The dollar was steady on Friday after its strongest weekly run since March and world stocks were near all-time highs as markets waited for steers from the Federal Reserve and ECB on diverging policy plans. European shares opened barely changed and heading for their biggest weekly gain since February, while Asian markets hitched a ride on another record close for Wall Street to end the week near a six-and-half-year high. Emerging market stocks were also stronger but investors were beginning to move to the sidelines ahead of speeches by Fed Chair Janet Yellen and ECB President Mario Draghi at the annual gathering of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.


Fri, 22 Aug 2014 04:41:38 -0400

Exclusive: Apple iPhone 6 screen snag leaves supply chain scrambling
The leaf on the Apple symbol is tinted green at the Apple flagship store on 5th Ave in New YorkBy Reiji Murai TOKYO (Reuters) - Suppliers to Apple Inc are scrambling to get enough screens ready for the new iPhone 6 smartphone as the need to redesign a key component disrupted panel production ahead of next month's expected launch, supply chain sources said. It's unclear whether the hiccup could delay the launch or limit the number of phones initially available to consumers, the sources said, as Apple readies larger-screen iPhones for the year-end shopping season amid market share loss to cheaper rivals. Cupertino, California-based Apple has scheduled a media event for Sept. 9, and many expect it to unveil the new iPhone 6 with both 4.7 inch (11.94 cm) and 5.5 inch (13.97 cm) screens - bigger than the 4-inch screen on the iPhone 5s and 5c. Two supply chain sources said display panel production suffered a setback after the backlight that helps illuminate the screen had to be revised, putting screen assembly on hold for part of June and July.


Fri, 22 Aug 2014 05:15:11 -0400

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Exclusive: Interview with Foley siblings
Katie Couric talks to brother, sister in aftermath of journalist's death. Watch here.


Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Calif.'s Coachella Valley hit by haboob
Calif.'s Coachella Valley hit by haboobA haboob swept through California’s Coachella Valley on Thursday, August 21, blanketing Palm Springs in dust. The dust storm made for dangerous driving conditions while the 40mph winds that fuelled the haboob downed trees in Palm Springs. This video shows the storm rolling across Indio. Credit: Facebook/Jessika Atkins‎


Fri, 22 Aug 2014 01:38:39 -0400

India's heaviest drinking state to go full teetotal
Tourists are seen enjoying a ride aboard a houseboat in the backwaters of Alappuzha, some 150 kms north of Thiruvananthapuram, capital of India's southern state of Kerala, on December 29, 2006By Shivam Srivastava BANGALORE (Reuters) - India's wettest state is planning to dry out, drop by drop. The tropical southern state of Kerala, which has the country's highest alcohol consumption per capita, is moving to become alcohol-free within 10 years. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, quoted in local media, said the state government was in favour of "total prohibition". An resident of Kerala typically drinks about 8.3 liters of alcohol per year, more than double the national average.


Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:21:27 -0400