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  • Thousands of Gaza civilians flee after Israeli warning
    Thousands of Gaza civilians flee after Israeli warning

    By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Jeffrey Heller GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Thousands fled their homes in a Gaza town on Sunday after Israel warned them to leave ahead of threatened attacks on rocket-launching sites, on the sixth day of an offensive that Palestinian officials said has killed at least 160 people. Beware," read a leaflet dropped by the Israeli military in the town of Beit Lahiya, near the border with Israel. Militants in the Islamist-ruled Gaza Strip kept up rockets salvoes deep into the Jewish state and the worst bout of Israel-Palestinian bloodshed in two years showed no signs of abating despite mounting international pressure to cease fire. A Palestinian woman and a girl, aged 3, were killed in Israeli air strikes early on Sunday, Gaza's Health Ministry said.

  • Road Melts from Yellowstone Volcano's Heat
    Road Melts from Yellowstone Volcano's Heat

    Part of Firehole Lake Drive, a scenic one-way road off of Yellowstone's main loop, was shut down for repairs when oil bubbled to the surface, damaging the blacktop, the Park Service said in a statement. The closure doesn't affect the Grand Loop Road, which sees 20,000 visitors per day during the summer. Park spokesman Dan Hottle told Live Science that Firehole Lake Drive's surface hit 160 degrees Fahrenheit (70 degrees Celsius) on Thursday, about 30 degrees to 40 degrees F (17 to 22 degrees C) hotter than usual. The park has previously closed Firehole Lake Drive for repairs due to heat damage, Hottle said.

  • Israel-NYC flight makes safe emergency landing
    Israel-NYC flight makes safe emergency landing

    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York-bound Delta Air Lines flight from Israel declared an emergency and returned to Tel Aviv early Sunday after developing a mechanical problem, vexing passengers already on edge as Palestinian militants launched rocket attacks on the city.

  • Putin Writes Off $32 Billion of Cuba's Debts to Russia
    Putin Writes Off $32 Billion of Cuba's Debts to Russia

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is currently on a grand tour of Latin America. His first stop is in Havana, Cuba. Ahead of arriving in Cuba, Putin decided to bestow a gift upon the Cuban government. The first payment is due in October, and will be made from the National Bank of Cuba to the Russian lender Vnesheconombank.

  • 3 reasons to ignore all these 'correction' calls
    3 reasons to ignore all these 'correction' calls

    Stocks set record highs last week and just days later after some rough waters here come the Pundits of Doom. Here's why you should ignore them.

  • Britain bars Russian delegation from Farnborough air show
    Britain bars Russian delegation from Farnborough air show

    Britain said Saturday it had barred a Russian delegation from attending the Farnborough air show because of the Ukraine crisis, sparking an angry reaction from Russia. The Russian embassy in London expressed "regret" that Britain had not issued visas to a large part of its delegation and demanded an urgent explanation. The Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) is a key event in the aviation sector calendar, with Russia usually sending a sizeable contingent as it seeks foreign sales. Britain has been a strong backer of EU asset bans and travel freezes against Moscow over what it says is Russian interference in conflict-torn eastern Ukraine.

  • Iran sees 'no benefit' in nuclear weapon: FM
    Iran sees 'no benefit' in nuclear weapon: FM

    Iran's top diplomat Mohammad Javad Zarif says Tehran has no interest in building an atomic bomb, despite Western powers' claims otherwise. Zarif's comments, in a television interview due to be broadcast Sunday, when Iran engages in talks with the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany aimed at a grand bargain reducing in scope the Islamic republic's nuclear activities in return for sanctions relief. "I will commit to everything and anything that would provide credible assurances for the international community that Iran is not seeking nuclear weapons, because we are not," Zarif told NBC's "Meet the Press" from Vienna, where the talks are taking place. "We don't see any benefit in Iran developing a nuclear weapon."

  • Anybody home? Pacific island of Niue hit by exodus
    Anybody home? Pacific island of Niue hit by exodus

    ALOFI, Niue (AP) — It was a school once, but there are no children here anymore. The lonely building on this remote Pacific island now contains only a punching bag that someone has strung from the classroom rafters, and a note scrawled on the chalkboard in Niuean: "Keep this place clean," it says, "so it stays beautiful."

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