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  • Israel, Palestinian militant groups agree to three-day Gaza truce

    By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Ari Rabinovitch GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip have agreed to a three-day humanitarian truce to begin Friday morning, and negotiators from both sides will travel to Cairo to discuss a longer-term solution. The 72-hour break after more than three weeks of fighting was set to begin at 8 a.m. (0500 GMT), according to a joint statement released by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. An official in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said Israel had accepted the U.S./U.N. proposal. A spokesman for Hamas, the Islamist group dominant in Gaza, said all Palestinian factions would abide by the truce.

  • U.S., U.N. announce deal on 72-hour Gaza cease-fire
    U.S., U.N. announce deal on 72-hour Gaza cease-fire

    Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire beginning Friday, during which time there will be negotiations on a more durable truce in the 24-day-old Gaza war, the United States and United Nations announced Thursday.

  • Russia's top general says Moscow committed to nuclear missile treaty

    Russia's top general, Valery Gerasimov, told the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff on Thursday that Moscow was committed to adhering to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Treaty after Washington accused Russia of violating the agreement. The accusations from Washington have heightened tension between Russia and the United States at a time when ties between the two former Cold War foes have plunged relations to their lowest level since the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union. "Gerasimov reaffirmed Russia's commitment to fulfilling the provisions of the treaty on intermediate-range rockets," Russian state news agency RIA reported the general as telling General Martin Dempsey in a telephone call. Washington says Russia has violated the treaty, ratified in 1988, which was designed to eliminate ground-launched cruise missiles with ranges of 500 to 5,500 km (310 to 3,400 miles).

  • U.S. aid worker infected with Ebola to be moved to Atlanta hospital: official
    U.S. aid worker infected with Ebola to be moved to Atlanta hospital: official

    A U.S. humanitarian aid worker who was infected with Ebola in West Africa will be transferred back to the United States and treated in a special high security ward at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, hospital officials said on Thursday. The aid worker, who was infected while working to help contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, will be moved in the next several days to a special isolation unit it has set up in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Earlier on Thursday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a news briefing that the State Department was working with the CDC facilitate options for potential medical evacuations of American humanitarian aid workers who have contracted Ebola in West Africa, although he did not mention the workers by name.

  • Gas blasts kill 24, injure 271 in Taiwan
    Gas blasts kill 24, injure 271 in Taiwan

    A series of powerful gas blasts killed at least 24 people and injured up to 271 in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung, overturning cars and ripping up roads, officials said Friday. "The blasts late Thursday killed at least 24 people and left 271 others injured," the National Fire Agency said, adding that the wounded were being rushed to hospitals across the port city mostly with burn injuries. One street had been split along its length, swallowing fire engines and other vehicles. "I saw fire soaring up to possibly 20 storeys high after a blast and fire engines and cars being blown away while around 10 bodies lay on the street," witness Johnson Liu told AFP.

  • Target names new CEO: 3 ways he can become a retail legend
    Target names new CEO: 3 ways he can become a retail legend

    Jeff Macke offers three ways Target's new CEO Brian Cornell can turn things around

  • Can Samsung Finally Outsexy Apple with This Phone?
    Can Samsung Finally Outsexy Apple with This Phone?

    Samsung's smartphones are often considered less handsome than iPhones because of all the plastic involved. Multiple leaks and reports have surfaced about a possible metal handset that could rival the iPhone's premium aesthetic, and the latest rumor points to the potential Galaxy Alpha launching Aug. 13. According to SamMobile's sources, the Galaxy Alpha will feature a 4.8-inch, 720p display and will carry a fingerprint scanner, just as the Galaxy S5 does.

  • Student settles suit over mistaken beer purchase

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A college student who says she fled in terror when undercover officers who thought she had illegally bought beer swarmed her SUV has reached a $212,500 settlement with the state of Virginia.

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