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Israel presses forth in Gaza ground operation and prepares to “significantly” expand campaign

Israeli troops pushed into Gaza on Friday in a ground offensive that officials said could last up to two weeks as the prime minister ordered the military to prepare for a “significantly” wider campaign. READ

World leaders call for Ukraine cease-fire after Malaysia Airlines plane shot down

World leaders called for an immediate cease-fire in eastern Ukraine on Friday and demanded speedy access for international investigators to the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines jetliner shot down over the country’s battlefields. READ

Gunmen attack airport in Afghan capital, 4 attackers killed

Gunmen carried out a pre-dawn rocket attack on Kabul International Airport on Thursday, temporarily shutting down the facility and setting off a gunbattle with security forces in which four attackers were killed, officials said. READ

Hamas and Israel resume attacks after 5-hour humanitarian truce gave brief window of normality

Fierce fighting between Israel and Hamas resumed Thursday, including an airstrike that killed three Palestinian children feeding pigeons on their roof, after a temporary cease-fire that allowed Gazans to stock up on supplies. READ

Typhoon kills 20, knocks out power in entire provinces, but largely spares Philippine capital

A typhoon blew out of the northern Philippines on Wednesday after causing at least 20 deaths, knocking out power in entire provinces, damaging two parked jetliners and forcing nearly half a million people to flee from its lethal wind and rains, officials said. READ

Ukraine says Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 295 people is shot down over eastern Ukraine

A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday, Ukrainian officials said, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the aircraft. READ

Israelis intensify strikes on Gaza, killing 4 Palestinian youths near a beach

Israeli war planes and naval vessels intensified attacks across the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, targeting senior Hamas leaders and bombarding a coastal area, where four Palestinian boys were killed. READ

Assad declares victory as Western-backed push to topple him seems increasingly elusive

In a lavish ceremony, a smiling and confident President Bashar Assad was sworn in for a third seven-year term on Wednesday, praising his supporters for “defeating the dirty war” and denouncing insurgents who have “failed in trying to brainwash you or break your will.” READ

Suicide blast kills 89 at market in Afghanistan

A suicide bomber blew up a car packed with explosives near a busy market and a mosque in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing at least 89 people in the deadliest insurgent attack on civilians since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion. READ

On-duty California police officer delivers his own son

Every now and then a police officer has to deliver a baby. The first time Officer Bryan Anderson did it, the baby was his own son. READ

18 dead after Filipino rebels attack armed tribesmen in south Philippines, military says

Dozens of communist rebels attacked armed tribesmen, who were later reinforced by army troops, in a southern Philippine province Tuesday, igniting pockets of fighting that killed 18 combatants, military officials said. READ

Subway derails in Moscow’s rush hour, killing 21

A subway train derailed Tuesday deep below Moscow’s streets, twisting and mangling crowded rail cars at the height of the morning rush hour. At least 21 people were killed, Russian officials said, and 136 more were hospitalized, many with serious injuries. READ

Egyptian truce plan unravels after Gaza militants fire rockets and Israel resumes air strikes

An Egyptian truce proposal for the conflict in Gaza unraveled Tuesday after the Islamic militant Hamas rejected the plan. READ

Airstrike demolishes apartment block in Ukraine, killing 11

An airstrike in eastern Ukraine sent an apartment building crumpling to the ground Tuesday, killing at least 11 people and adding to the steadily mounting civilian death toll from the fighting between government forces and pro-Russian insurgents. READ

Hamas not interested in peace as ceasefire rejected: Foreign Minister Baird

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says the refusal by Hamas to honour an Egyptian-sponsored ceasefire in Gaza proves the terrorist group has no interest in peace. READ

Suspected extremists bomb 4th bridge in northeast Nigeria

Suspected Islamic extremists bombed a major bridge on a northeast Nigerian highway, further limiting access to base camps in the Sambisa Forest where scores of kidnapped girls are believed to be held captive, witnesses and the leader of a group fighting Boko Haram said Monday. READ

Ukraine says military transport plane shot down in the east

A Ukrainian military transport plane was shot down Monday along the country’s eastern border with Russia but all eight people aboard managed to bail out safely, the defence ministry said. READ

Egypt proposes temporary cease-fire in Mideast conflict

Egypt is proposing a temporary cease-fire as a first step in ending the latest Israeli-Palestinian conflict that has left more than 175 people dead. READ

Suspect in fatal shooting of Texas family collapses twice in court

A man accused of killing six members of his ex-wife’s family, including four children, after forcing his way into their suburban Houston home collapsed in court twice Friday as a prosecutor read out details of the crime. READ

Israel leader: World pressure won’t stop offensive

Israel’s prime minister vowed Friday to press forward with a broad military offensive in the Gaza Strip, insisting international pressure will not halt what he said was a determined effort to halt rocket fire by Palestinian militants as the death toll from the 4-day-old conflict rose above 100. READ

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