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  • Gaza truce collapses, fighting erupts, Israel orders negotiators home
    Gaza truce collapses, fighting erupts, Israel orders negotiators home

    By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Jeffrey Heller GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A ceasefire in the Gaza Strip collapsed on Tuesday, with Palestinian militants firing dozens of rockets at Israel and Israel launching air strikes that health officials said killed three people including a woman and a young girl in Gaza. Accusing Gaza Islamists of breaking the truce, Israel promptly recalled its negotiators from talks in Cairo, leaving the fate of Egyptian-brokered efforts to secure a lasting peace hanging in the balance. Rockets were fired from Gaza nearly eight hours before a ceasefire - extended by a day on Monday - was due to expire. Later dozens of rockets took aim at a number of cities and one missile hit open land in the greater Tel Aviv area, causing some damage but no casualties.

  • Huge new iPhone 6 leak shows the device’s rear shell and front panel assembled for the first time
    Huge new iPhone 6 leak shows the device’s rear shell and front panel assembled for the first time

    OK, so we’ve seen the iPhone 6’s rear shell and its front display panel countless times by now. Nonetheless it’s still cool to see them finally together in a new set of leaked photos that give us our first glimpse at what the fully assembled iPhone 6 will look like. MacRumors has snagged some more photos from luxury retailer Feld & Volk that show the iPhone 6’s front panel attached directly to its rear shell, which marks the first time we’ve seen these two components assembled together like this. MacRumors comments that “it’s important to note that Feld and Volk’s images still depict unfinished iPhone 6 parts that are in rough condition, and Apple’s completed device will undoubtedly look even more polished.”

  • Iceland evacuates areas close to rumbling volcano
    Iceland evacuates areas close to rumbling volcano

    Iceland on Tuesday began evacuating areas close to its largest volcano after warnings of a possible eruption, four years after millions of air travellers were grounded by a huge ash cloud from another peak. Scientists believe the ash from an eruption at Bardarbunga, a huge volcano under Iceland's largest glacier, the Vatnajokull in the south of the country, could disrupt transatlantic and northern European air traffic. On Tuesday, police announced that they had "decided to close and evacuate the area north of Vatnajokull as a result of seismic activity on the Bardarbunga". It is not known how many people have been moved as the area is remote, but emergency services in Iceland have been placed on "alert".

  • Russia vows to strengthen navy to ward off NATO
    Russia vows to strengthen navy to ward off NATO

    Russia announced plans Tuesday to bolster its navy with more advanced weapons in response to NATO's vow to halt the Kremlin's push into Ukraine and feared expansion into eastern Europe. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu told a general security meeting that he expected to hear a detailed report from Russia's navy commander about how this could be achieved efficiently over the coming six years. "These proposals must ensure that our forces are reequipped with modern weapons and military equipment," Russian news agencies quoted Shoigu as saying. NATO and the United States have both stepped up air defences of former Soviet satellites that are growing increasingly wary of Russia's military ambitions and see President Vladimir Putin as a fast-emerging threat.

  • Islamic State says another U.S. journalist's fate depends on Obama

    Islamic State militants claimed in a video on Tuesday to be holding U.S. "The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision," said a masked man in the video posted on social media sites, speaking English with a British accent as he held a prisoner the video named as Steven Sotloff. The video could not immediately be verified.

  • Live updates: Ferguson protests, Day 10
    Live updates: Ferguson protests, Day 10

    It was another episode of chaos and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday night and early Tuesday as two people were shot and 78 people arrested — including some journalists — during clashes between police and protesters just hours after Gov. Jay Nixon lifted a curfew in the hopes that National Guard troops could maintain order.

  • Pangolins under threat in Gabon as demand surges in Asia
    Pangolins under threat in Gabon as demand surges in Asia

    Hunted for generations for its tasty meat, the scaly-skinned pangolin is under threat in Gabon as demand for the small mammal surges in Asia, where it is used in traditional medicine. "People hunt the pangolin like any other meat because the forest is often the only resource" for people in Gabon, more than 80 percent of which is covered by woodland, said Gaspard Abitsi, managing director of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). At a local restaurant in Libreville, the pangolin is one of the stars on the menu. In Gabon, environmental groups are trying to convince villagers of the need to protect the pangolin.

  • Couple Returns Home From Honeymoon to Find Home Covered in Post-It Notes
    Couple Returns Home From Honeymoon to Find Home Covered in Post-It Notes

    Meet Jamie and Emily Pharro, newlyweds from Lincolnshire, England. After their nuptials on Aug. 1, the pair handed their keys over to friends to look after their cats while they were on their honeymoon. Upon their return from a glorious holiday in Italy, the Pharros found that their prankster pals had arranged a noteworthy welcome — in the way of 14,000 Post-it notes covering the first floor of their house. The sticky pieces of paper covered the entryway, the living room, and the kitchen.

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