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  • Obama calls for immediate truce as Gaza toll soars
    Obama calls for immediate truce as Gaza toll soars

    US President Barack Obama called for an "immediate ceasefire" between Israel and Hamas on Sunday, after the bloodiest day of fighting in Gaza raised the number of Palestinians killed to 476. The UN Security Council expressed concern for the growing number of casualties in Gaza and issued a fresh appeal for an immediate ceasefire as Israel ramped up a major military offensive with fresh strikes Monday in the Palestinian territory. "The members of the Security Council express serious concern about the growing numbers of casualties," said Rwandan Ambassador Eugene Richard Gasana, whose country chairs the 15-member council.

  • Swimwear designer, age 19, debuts in Miami Beach
    Swimwear designer, age 19, debuts in Miami Beach

    It was nearly show time as designer Francesca Aiello snapped pictures backstage of models in her latest swimwear designs. This was Frankie's Bikinis' debut show for the 19-year-old designer at Mercedes-Benz ...

  • Gordon Brown: 100 days after #BringBackOurGirls, ‘We will not forget’
    Gordon Brown: 100 days after #BringBackOurGirls, ‘We will not forget’

    Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown told Yahoo News on Tuesday that the world must band together 100 days after the mass abduction of Nigeria schoolgirls to send the message that “we will not forget” the more than 200 children still in the clutches of extremists.

  • Crash victims' remains reach Ukraine-held city
    Crash victims' remains reach Ukraine-held city

    KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Bodies of those killed in the Malaysia Airlines crash reached Ukrainian government-controlled territory Tuesday, leaving a war zone en route to the Netherlands after delays and haphazard treatment that put pressure on European foreign ministers to impose tougher economic sanctions on Russia.

  • U.S. judge dismisses Republican lawsuit over Obamacare subsidy for Congress

    By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A federal judge has thrown out a U.S. Senator's legal challenge to a part of President Barack Obama's healthcare law that grants health insurance subsidies for members of Congress and their staffs. U.S. Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin had challenged the right of the federal government to continue making employer contributions to Congressional health insurance plans even when lawmakers and their staff purchase coverage through new Obamacare online exchanges. U.S. District Judge William Griesbach, in Green Bay, dismissed the lawsuit on Monday, saying Johnson had failed to show he had been harmed by the regulation. "There is nothing in the Constitution stipulating that all wrongs must have remedies, much less that the remedy must lie in federal court," Griesbach, who was appointed by former President George W. Bush, said in his decision.

  • Russians fed conspiracy theories on Ukraine crash
    Russians fed conspiracy theories on Ukraine crash

    MOSCOW (AP) — An assassination attempt against Russian President Vladimir Putin. A desperate ploy to draw the West into the battle for Ukraine's east. A botched mission to commit mass murder against Russian citizens.

  • AP source: Cavs to sign Andrew Wiggins to contract

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Andrew Wiggins will sign his rookie contract with the Cavaliers. It's still not clear if he'll play for them.

  • Russia may ask rich to help foot bill for Crimea with 'solidarity tax'
    Russia may ask rich to help foot bill for Crimea with 'solidarity tax'

    By Lidia Kelly MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia could ask its richest citizens to help foot the bill for the annexation of Crimea by paying a "solidarity tax" proposed by a group of lawmakers. Deputies from the State Duma lower house of parliament, which is dominated by backers of President Vladimir Putin, have drawn up a draft law that would increase income tax for people earning more than more than 1 million roubles ($28,700) a month. "The main goal is to support regional budgets and that means also the budget of Russia's new territories," Andrei Krutov, the deputy leading the planned legislation, told Reuters. His reference to the "new territories" made clear that a key intention was to help the government pay for Crimea's absorption into Russia.

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