GAZA -- A commander of Hamas' military wing has rejected claims that Palestinian militants are ready for a ceasefire with Israel to end violence in Gaza.
A UN shelter in Jabalia refugee camp was hit on Wednesday, killing 15 people and
raising the total Palestinians killed to more than 1,263, according to the Gaza health ministry. Israel has seen 53 of its soldiers die since conflict began on July 8.
LONDON -- Originally considered a minor nuisance, the pro-Palestinian campaign for boycotts, divestment and sanctions (known as BDS) is starting to have an impact.
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.
LOS ANGELES -- Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel’s tenth blockbuster since forming its own movie studios in 2006, hits screens on July 31.
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.
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.
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.