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Gaza conflict: Israel plans partial seven-hour ceasefire

<b>Israel's "humanitarian window" for parts of Gaza has ended, having slowed violence over its seven-hour period.</b><p>Israel had said the truce would not apply to Rafah in the south and its troops would respond if attacked.<p>Palestinian officials said Israel broke the truce shortly after it began, hitting a …

James Brady, Gun Control Campaigner And Presidential Spokesman, Dies

James Brady, a former White House press secretary and gun control advocate, died Monday, his family announced. He was 73.<p>Brady served as spokesman for President Ronald Reagan. He was struck in the head by a bullet intended for the president during an assassination attempt in 1981.<p>Asked by NPR's …

Lady Warsi resigns over government stance on Gaza

Sayeeda Warsi, the senior Foreign Office minister, has resigned from the government in protest at its policy on Gaza, describing it as “morally indefensible”.<p>Lady Warsi announced her departure on Twitter on Tuesday, saying: “With deep regret I have this morning written to the Prime Minister & …

A dozen Washington homes burn in aggressive West Coast wildfire season

SEATTLE (Reuters) - A newly sparked wildfire was burning unchecked on Monday in central Washington state, charring about a dozen homes and threatening wide evacuations as crews scrambled to contain the blaze in an unusually destructive fire season on the U.S. West Coast.<p>The Snag Canyon fire was …

Ukraine says rebels fired on unarmed troops

Pro-Russian separatists have opened fire on unarmed Ukrainian soldiers as they were crossing back into Ukraine from Russia where they had taken shelter from fighting, Ukrainian defence officials say.<p>The soldiers made their return on Tuesday, the day after Ukraine acknowledged that 311 soldiers and …

US-Africa Summit: US firms to invest $14bn in Africa

<b>US companies have pledged $14bn (£8.3bn) of investment in Africa in areas such as energy and infrastructure, US President Barack Obama has said.</b><p>The announcement came at the first US-Africa Leaders' Summit, attended by over 40 African heads of state.<p>The summit is an effort to strengthen US ties with …

Israel Pulls Troops Out of Gaza as 72-Hour Truce Gets Underway

Israel pulled its ground forces out of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday and began a 72-hour truce with Hamas mediated by Egypt as a first step towards negotiations on a more enduring end to the month-old war. Minutes before the ceasefire started at 8 a.m. (1 a.m. ET), Hamas launched a salvo of rockets, …

California wildfires: Potential lightning storms prompt fire warning

A weather system swirling above Northern California is capable of producing fierce lightning storms that, combined with tinder-dry vegetation, could spark a fresh round of wildfires in a region where firefighting resources have already been stretched thin, forecasters warned Tuesday.<p>The potentially …

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Boy dies after playground stabbing by 12-year-old

KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) — A 9-year-old boy repeatedly stabbed by a 12-year-old at a Michigan playground ran screaming to his home and collapsed bleeding …

Vladimir Putin signs historic $20bn oil deal with Iran to bypass Western sanctions

Five-year accord will see Russia help Iran organise oil sales, but government denies it has violated international obligations<p>Vladimir Putin has agreed a $20bn (£11.8bn) trade deal with Iran that will see Russia sidestep Western sanctions on its energy sector.<p>Under the terms of a five-year accord, …

Israel withdraws troops, 72-hour Gaza truce begins

GAZA/CAIRO/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel withdrew ground forces from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday and started a 72-hour ceasefire with Hamas mediated by Egypt as a first step towards negotiations on a more enduring end to the month-old war.<p>Minutes before the truce began at 8 a.m. (0500 GMT), Hamas …