International  July 29, 2014
Gaza fighting rages as Palestinians offer truce
A building within the port of Gaza is seen on fire after several strikes early on July 29, 2014Israel intensified its Gaza bombardment leaving scores dead Tuesday, the 22nd day of a devastating conflict, as Palestinian leaders said an offer of a day-long truce was on the table.Dozens of Palestinians, including women and children, were killed in the Palestinian enclave as diplomatic efforts by the international community and calls for an end ...  Full Story
Dozens killed and injured in terror attack in China's Xinjiang
A knife-wielding gang attacked a police station and government offices in Shache, state media say Dozens of people were killed and injured in a "terrorist attack" in China's far western Xinjiang region, home to the mainly Muslim Uighur minority, state media reported Tuesday."A gang armed with knives and axes attacked a police station and government offices" in Shache county early Monday, the official Xinhua news agency said, citing local police...  Full Story
Top Kosovo ex-fighters face organ trafficking, war crimes indictment
EU Special Investigative Task Forse (SITF) chief prosecutor John Clint Williamson answers questions during a press conference in Brussels, on July 29, 2014Several leaders of Kosovo's 1990s guerrilla army, some of them now senior officials, face possible indictment for crimes against humanity including murder and organ trafficking, an EU probe found Tuesday.Releasing the first details of a two-year probe, Clint Williamson, the US diplomat and prosecutor heading the inquiry into events after Kosovo's 1...  Full Story
Kerry's Gaza truce bid burdened by past US failures
A Palestinian inspects the rubble of a building that was destroyed by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, on July 22, 2014Waning US influence and John Kerry's failed peace bid are hampering efforts to reach a Gaza truce, but America remains the sole power capable of brokering a deal to stop the fighting, analysts said.Amid an unfortunate Arab power vacuum caused by Egypt's internal political upheavals, any ceasefire between Israel and Hamas still remains days away wit...  Full Story
Tripoli fire rages as Libyan fighter crashes over Benghazi
Flames and smoke billow from an oil depot in Tripoli on July 28, 2014A huge blaze raged for a third day at a fuel depot near Tripoli's airport Tuesday, while a paramilitary warplane crashed in Libya's second city Benghazi during fighting with Islamists.Amid increasing lawlessness and uncertainty, France, Portugal and the Netherlands became the latest nations to ship out their citizens or close their embassies in Tri...  Full Story
Zhou Yongkang: oil man whose well of power finally ran dry
This photo taken on January 31, 2006 shows ChinaEmbattled former top Communist Zhou Yongkang rose through China's state oil industry to become the country's internal security chief -- and amassed so much power, according to analysts, that he brought about his own downfall.The investigation into him announced Tuesday comes on the back of President Xi Jinping's much-publicised anti-corruption driv...  Full Story
Ukraine says 17 killed by shelling in Gorlivka
Ukrainians look at a damaged area after shelling in the eastern city of Donetsk, on July 29, 2014Seventeen people, including three children, were killed in the past 24 hours by shelling in Ukraine's rebel-held stronghold of Gorlivka, local Ukrainian officials said on Tuesday.A statement said that 43 people were also wounded in the city which was observing three days of mourning for 13 civilians including 2 children killed on Sunday by Grad roc...  Full Story
Explosions rock east Ukraine as EU mulls sanctions
A serviceman of volunteer battalions of territorial defence Lugansk-1 checks  passing cars at their checkpoint near the eastern Ukrainian city of Lisichansk on July 28, 2014Heavy shelling rocked several cities in insurgent-held east Ukraine on Tuesday, as the EU moved to punish Russia for stoking the worst crisis in the former Soviet state since its independence.The intensifying fighting forced international experts to scrap their plans to reach the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17 for the third consecutive day. Th...  Full Story