International  July 26, 2014
Israel and Hamas declare 12-hour Gaza truce
Displaced Palestinian children are pictured on July 25, 2014 at a United Nations (UN) school in Jabalia in the northern Gaza StripThe Israeli military and the militant Palestinian Hamas were set on Saturday to start a 12-hour ceasefire at 8:00 am (0500 GMT), but a longer-term truce remained elusive.Hamas said that it and other militant groups in Gaza had reached "national consensus on a humanitarian truce" and Israel later confirmed that it would observe what it called "a hum...  Full Story
Jihadists kill at least 50 Syria troops in ambush
An opposition fighter walks near a vehicle flying a black Jihadist flag in the northern rebel-held Syrian city of Raqqa on October 6, 2013Jihadists from the Islamic State killed at least 50 Syrian soldiers in an ambush, summarily executing most of them after their capture, a monitoring group said.The assault in Raqa province, the IS jihadists' Euphrates valley stronghold, came amid their fiercest assault yet on Damascus-held territory.The deaths added to 74 already killed in the offe...  Full Story
Italy's Renzi runs into trouble on key reform
ItalyItaly's energetic Premier Matteo Renzi has staked his reputation at home and abroad on an ambitious reform agenda, but he may have underestimated how difficult it would be to win over unruly opposition parties.The 39-year-old prime minister came to power in February with promises to boost growth in the debt-laden country and streamline Italy's noto...  Full Story
Cameroon sends 14 Boko Haram members to prison
Cameroon military reinforcements drive through Dabanga, northern Cameroon, on June 17, 2014 during operations against  Nigerian Islamist group Boko HaramA military court in Cameroon has handed down prison sentences of up to 20 years to 14 Boko Haram members, the country's state broadcaster Crtv reported.The defendants, who were arrested in March after the discovery of a weapons cache, admitted to being part of the Nigerian extremist group at a "public hearing" in the northern town of Maroua, said t...  Full Story
Air Algerie crash wipes out entire families
An Air Algerie plane prepares to land at the Houari-Boumediene International Airport in Algiers on July 24, 2014All passengers and crew on board an Air Algerie jetliner that crashed in Mali died in the tragedy, which completely wiped out several families, France announced.As the first images emerged of the crash site, showing a charred landscape and debris scattered over a wide area, French President Francois Hollande said in a sombre televised address: "Sad...  Full Story
Venezuela's torn PSUV holds first congress post-Chavez
A man walks by a wall with a mural depicting late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez in Caracas on June 10, 2014The United Socialist Party of Venezuela appears anything but, as it heads into its first congress since the death of founder Hugo Chavez torn by power struggles and economic woes.The populist firebrand's hand-picked successor, President Nicolas Maduro, faces internal dissent over his leadership at the PSUV's third congress this weekend, and deep ri...  Full Story
Veteran Catalan leader reveals family kept money abroad
Former President of Catalonia Jordi Pujol speaks during an interview with AFP in Barcelona on May 26, 2014A former premier of Spain's Catalonia region and one of its biggest political powerbrokers said Friday his family kept undeclared money abroad for over 30 years and apologised for the "mistake".In a statement Jordi Pujol, who headed the regional government of Catalonia from 1980 to 2003, said his father left an undisclosed amount of money which he ...  Full Story
Hamas agrees 12-hour truce from Saturday morning: official
An Israeli army armoured personnel carrier (APC) moves along IsraelA Hamas official told AFP on Saturday that the Islamist militant group would observe a 12-hour Gaza ceasefire starting later in the morning."There is national consensus on a humanitarian truce... for 12 hours on Saturday, from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, (0500 to 1700 GMT)," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zukhri told AFP.A US official said late Friday that Israe...  Full Story