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U.N. rights chief warns of possible Gaza war crimes

Jul 24, 2014

U.N. rights chief warns of possible Gaza war crimes

The U.N.’s top human rights official has warned all sides in the two-week war in the Gaza Strip to not indiscriminately attack civilians, and that violations may amount to war crimes. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Wednesday that of the ...

Jul 24, 2014

IMF sees U.S. growth at weakest since recession

U.S. economic growth this year will likely be at the weakest pace since the Great Recession ended, the International Monetary Fund said, mostly because of a sharp, weather-related contraction in the first quarter. But the global lending organization said Wednesday that it still expects ...

Kerry sees 'some progress' in Gaza truce efforts

Jul 24, 2014

Kerry sees 'some progress' in Gaza truce efforts

Washington’s top diplomat said global efforts to end 16 days of bloodshed in Gaza were progressing Wednesday as the fighting raged on and airlines suspended flights over rocket fears. As U.S. and U.N. diplomats continued intensive diplomacy to end the violence, the Islamist Hamas ...

U.K. orders fresh probe into Litvinenko death

Jul 23, 2014

U.K. orders fresh probe into Litvinenko death

Britain on Tuesday announced an inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko, the Russian former spy who accused the Kremlin from his London deathbed of poisoning him with radioactive tea. The move comes as London pushes for greater sanctions against Moscow over the downing ...

Baghdad suicide car bomb kills 23: police

Jul 23, 2014

Baghdad suicide car bomb kills 23: police

A suicide car bomb explosion ripped through a police checkpoint in Baghdad Tuesday, killing 23 people and wounding more than 40, police and medical sources said. The suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at an entrance to the northwestern neighborhood of Kadhimiyah, a police ...

U.N. chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon

Jul 23, 2014

U.N. chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon

The U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday it is his “hope and belief” that his emergency mission to the Middle East will lead to an end to the fighting between Hamas and Israel “in the very near future.” Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council by videoconference ...

Jul 23, 2014

MH17 shootdown may have been 'mistake': U.S. intel official

Malaysian flight MH17 may have been shot down by “mistake” by ill-trained pro-Russian separatists, U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday, while dismissing Moscow’s accounts of the incident. Evidence gathered so far suggests separatists launched the SA-11 surface-to-air missile that blew up the Malaysian airliner, but ...

Jul 23, 2014

Germany, France, Italy slam anti-Semitic protests

The foreign ministers of Germany, France and Italy on Tuesday condemned anti-Semitic slurs and violence at pro-Palestinian demonstrations in Europe and pledged to take firm action. Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany, France’s Laurent Fabius and Italy’s Federica Mogherini issued a joint statement in Brussels warning ...

Jul 23, 2014

U.S. appeals court deals blow to health law

President Barack Obama’s health care law is snared in another big legal battle after two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue Tuesday. A divided court panel in Washington called into question the subsidies that help millions of low- and ...