Gaza three-day ceasefire fails, 1,500 deadGaza three-day ceasefire fails, 1,500 dead

JERUSALEM -- Israeli forces are searching for a soldier believed captured, as a 72-hour truce with Hamas in Gaza collapsed just hours after it had begun.

The Gaza health ministry said dozens were killed by Israeli shelling in the area shortly after the incident and just 90 minutes after the three-day ceasefire came into effect.


Airline suspends flights to Ebola-hit countriesAirline suspends flights to Ebola-hit countries

TOGO -- Togo-based airline ASKY has suspended all flights to and from the capitals of Liberia and Sierra Leone over the worsening Ebola health crisis.

Aug 10: “Supermoon” meets the PerseidsAug 10: “Supermoon” meets the Perseids

LONDON -- The Perseid meteor shower will peak between August 10-13. August 10 will also feature a supermoon, when the full moon is at its closest point to Earth.


Israeli concern over boycotts and sanctionsIsraeli concern over boycotts and sanctions

LONDON -- Originally considered a minor nuisance, the pro-Palestinian campaign for boycotts, divestment and sanctions (known as BDS) is starting to have an impact.

China plans railway to India through TibetChina plans railway to India through Tibet

BEIJING -- China plans to extend a railway on the high trans-Himalayan plateau of Tibet to the borders of India, Bhutan and Nepal. The first section opens next month.


Marvel’s super-powered movie strategyMarvel’s super-powered movie strategy

LOS ANGELES -- Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel’s tenth blockbuster since forming its own movie studios in 2006, hits screens on July 31.

PGA Championship, print and multimediaPGA Championship, print and multimedia

LOUISVILLE -- The final major of the year – the U.S. PGA Championship – gets under way next Thursday at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky.


Aug 14: Papal visit to South KoreaAug 14: Papal visit to South Korea

VATICAN -- Pope Francis visits South Korea on August 14 on his first trip to Asia as pontiff. He will bring a message of peace to the war-divided peninsula.

Sep 14: Star-Spangled-Banner bicentennialSep 14: Star-Spangled-Banner bicentennial

WASHINGTON -- Two hundred years ago, during the Anglo-American War, Francis Scott Key was inspired to pen the lyrics that became the U.S. national anthem.


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