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- Ukraine says battles raging in heart of rebel-held Lugansk
Ukraine said Tuesday fighting had erupted in the heart of major rebel stronghold Lugansk, as the bodies of 17 civilians fleeing the city were recovered from wreckage of their destroyed convoy. Kiev's military claimed street battles with insurgents were raging in the city centre after one outlying district was "liberated". If confirmed, any advance by Ukraine's army into Lugansk, which has endured brutal shelling and weeks without running water or electricity, would be a major breakthrough for Kiev after four months of fighting that has claimed over 2,100 lives. Adding to this toll, the military said it had recovered the bodies of 17 civilians burned alive when a convoy evacuating them from Lugansk was hit by a rebel mortar strike on Monday.
- Mickelson and Kuchar take aim at The Barclays
By Larry Fine PARAMUS New Jersey (Reuters) - Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar are primed for a chance to win this week's Barclays, the first installment of the four-event FedExCup playoffs, and derail the magical run of Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy. McIlroy, ranked first in the world and first in the FedExCup standings after winning the British Open, WGC-Bridgestone and PGA Championship in succession, begins a quest for a fourth victory in a row when the elite 125-man field tees it up on Thursday for the first round at Ridgewood Country Club. Mickelson bounced back from a sub-par season with a second-place finish earlier this month behind the 25-year-old McIlroy in the PGA Championship at Valhalla for his ninth runner-up showing at a major. "The PGA was a big week for me because it was the first time this year my game was back," Mickelson told reporters on Tuesday at the tree-lined course designed by A.W. Tillinghast.
- 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.
- 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.
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- 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.”
- God will give me two or three more years, says Pope
Pope Francis on Monday publicly broached the prospect of his own death for the first time, giving himself "two or three years" but not ruling out retirement before then. Talking to reporters on a flight back to the Vatican from South Korea, the 77-year-old pontiff, who seemed in good spirits, was asked about his global popularity, which was evident again during his five-day visit. Pope Francis also mentioned the possibility of retiring from the Papacy, as his predecessor Benedict XVI did last year, if he felt he could no longer adequately perform his duties.
- Ukrainian forces press attacks on rebel-held areas