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St Louis police fatally shoot man near Ferguson – as it happened

Here’s a summary of where things stand:<p>• <b>Police fatally shot a 23-year-old African American man</b> near Ferguson in St Louis on Tuesday afternoon. St Louis police chief Sam Dotson said the man was wielding a knife and behaving erratically before the shooting.<p>• <b>US attorney general Eric Holder</b> pledged …

Ukraine says may block Russian aid convoy | Reuters

KIEV/MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian convoy of trucks carrying tonnes of humanitarian aid left on Tuesday for eastern Ukraine, where government forces are closing in on pro-Russian rebels, but Kiev said it would not allow the vehicles to cross onto its territory.<p>Kiev and Western governments warned …

Under siege, Pro-Russia separatists call for truce in Ukraine

Embattled Ukrainian separatists called for a truce Saturday after government troops surrounded their main stronghold of Donetsk, and a reported attempt by Russia to send in an armored aid convoy spurred warnings from Kiev, Britain and the United States.<p>The military-escorted convoy said to be …

Russia

Israel and Hamas resume attacks as ceasefire talks remain deadlocked

The Israeli military has said it struck more than 30 targets through Friday night and into Saturday morning in the Gaza Strip as militant rocket fire continued towards Israel.<p>The renewed violence followed the collapse of a three-day truce aimed at bringing an end to the deadliest round of fighting …

U.S. Drops Food and Water to Trapped Iraqis for Second Day

U.S. military aircraft dropped a second air drop of humanitarian aid to Iraqis under threat from hard-line militants in northern Iraq for the second straight night, the Pentagon said Friday.<p>Three planes dropped 72 bundles of supplies for the refugees, Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon's spokesman, …

Middle East

U.S. hits Iraq militants' artillery and vehicles, airdrops more aid

U.S. warplanes and drones struck artillery and military vehicles of a militant Islamist group Friday in an effort to halt its advance toward this booming northern Iraqi oil center, now clogged with displaced people sheltering at churches, factories and construction sites.<p>The first<p>U.S. …

Middle East

'We're in orbit!' Rosetta becomes first spacecraft to orbit comet

After a 10-year chase taking it billions of miles across the solar system, the Rosetta spacecraft made history Wednesday as it became the first probe to rendezvous with a comet on its journey around the sun.<p>"Thruster burn complete. Rosetta has arrived at comet 67P. We're in orbit!" announced the …

Iraqi Yazidi lawmaker: 'Hundreds of my people are being slaughtered'

When radical Islamist fighters stormed the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar over the weekend, the Yazidi minority who call it home fled into the surrounding mountains in fear of their lives.<p>Now, trapped without food, water or medical care in the summer heat, thousands of families are in desperate need …

Barack Obama hails 'new Africa emerging'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1099000/1099070_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524685971_0e4870a16f3d734d37124a8ef6a0c85c<p><b>US President Barack Obama has hailed a new emerging Africa, on the last day of a summit in Washington DC with 40 African leaders.</b><p>Wednesday's talks …

Africa

Russia bans all U.S. food, EU fruit and vegetables in sanctions response; NATO fears invasion | Reuters

MOSCOW/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Russia will ban all imports of food from the United States and all fruit and vegetables from Europe, the state news agency reported on Wednesday, a sweeping response to Western sanctions imposed over its support for rebels in Ukraine.<p>The measures will hit …

Gaza crisis: Ceasefire holds as delegates arrive in Cairo for talks - as it happened

We’re going to wrap up our live blog coverage for the day. Here’s a summary of where things stand:<p><b>Gazans returned to their properties Tuesday as a ceasefire</b> with Israel held. Many encountered scenes of destruction. Bodies were identified, possessions were claimed and residents sought sources of …

China takes step at openness, allows foreigners at defense briefing | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s Defence Ministry allowed foreign media for the first time on Thursday to attend its monthly news conference in another step towards increasing transparency, though the briefing yielded little concrete news.<p>The ministry started the briefings in 2011, first restricting …

Gaza: Israel calls up more reservists after rejecting calls for ceasefire

Israel has said it is calling up another 16,000 reserves following a security cabinet meeting that decided to keep up military operations in Gaza, ignoring international pressure for an immediate ceasefire.<p>The move will allow the Israeli military to substantially widen its 23-day campaign against …

Obama: MH17 disaster 'an outrage of unspeakable proportions' – as it happened

Summary<p>A summary of the day's developments as recovery efforts and negotiations slow overnight:<p><b>• Rebels allowed an OSCE team limited access to the crash site, before turning them away with a warning shot.</b> A Ukrainian foreign ministry spokesman said rebels are not allowing Kiev's recovery teams to …

Journalists will face jail over spy leaks under new security laws

Australian journalists could face prosecution and jail for reporting Snowden-style revelations about certain spy operations, in an “outrageous” expansion of the government’s national security powers, leading criminal lawyers have warned.<p>A bill presented to parliament on Wednesday by the attorney …

Israel warns Gazans to leave homes as air strikes continue

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1093000/1093221_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524678064_600832ca8c7c309bdeba2e75bd1ee435<p><b>Israel has urged thousands of people in east and north Gaza to leave their homes as it continues air strikes.</b><p>An Egyptian truce initiative on Tuesday …

Israel

China's economic growth picks up

<b>China's economy picked up speed in the April-to-June quarter, a sign that the government's stimulus moves have started to have an impact.</b><p>The world's second-largest economy expanded 7.5%, from a year ago, up from 7.4% growth in the previous quarter.<p>Other data released on Wednesday showed that retail …

China

UN seeks to persuade China to end forced repatriations to North Korea

In <i>Witness to Transformation</i>, we have argued that most North Koreans crossing the border into China should be considered refugees (some exception might be made for the very small numbers that seek to move back-and-forth across the border without permission).<p>Our argument is simple, and does not rest …

US and China strike conciliatory tone as high-level talks begin in Beijing

Two days of high-level talks between Washington and Beijing began on Wednesday morning amid tensions over cyber-espionage, currency manipulation, and rising international concern over China's territorial ambitions in the South and East China seas.<p>Both Chinese and US officials, including the US …

Israel launches new air strikes on Gaza Strip

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1091000/1091112_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524685971_794c614a2e9e15fb8c0e8e9a21c2047f<p><b>Israel has carried out more air strikes on the Gaza Strip, following dozens of rockets fired by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.</b><p>At least 15 …

Israel

China, U.S. To Discuss Investment Treaty In Beijing This Week

Heavyweights from Washington and Beijing will spend 48 hours trying to deepen their economic ties at the sixth annual Strategic & Economic Dialogue this week, but multinationals corporations won’t be getting their hopes up. The goal is to eventually open China to U.S. style capitalism. For now, …

Japan, neighbors must put World War Two behind them: Singapore PM | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Singapore’s prime minister on Tuesday urged Japan and its neighbors to put World War Two behind them, saying that if they kept reopening issues dating back to the conflict it would be a “continuing sore” in their relations.<p>Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaks …

Wikileaks revelations: Assange reveals Abbott's secret trade negotiations

Foreign banks would be given greater access to the Australian market, local bank accounts and financial data could be tranferred overseas, and …

Iceland's DNA: The world's most precious genes?

<b>Iceland's record of low immigration and its genealogical records going back 1,000 years make it a paradise for geneticists. A third or more of the population has already donated a DNA sample - but a new push to increase that figure is meeting some resistance.</b><p>"No!" says Alda Sigmundsdottir, raising …

Genetics

Tony Abbott and Barack Obama co-author OpEd on their country's close ties

"On Thursday, we met at the White House to discuss not only how our countries have stood together in defense of peace and freedom during every major …

S Sudan leaders agree to form new government

South Sudan's president and rebel chief have met in Addis Ababa in a bid to end six months of civil war, agreeing to forge a transitional government within a 60-day deadline, Ethiopia's prime minster says.<p>President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar met on Tuesday on the sidelines of a …