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Rebels release train with bodies from downed jet

HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane and agreed to hand over its black ...  Visit website

US to send $47M in humanitarian aid to Gaza Strip

CAIRO (AP) — The U.S. is sending $47 million in humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza Strip to help tens of thousands of Palestinians there ...  Visit website

Vital evidence feared withheld by Ukraine's rebels

LONDON (AP) — "What exactly are they trying to hide?" President Barack Obama asked Monday as he demanded that Ukrainian rebels give investigators access to ...  Visit website

UN calls for probe of plane downed over Ukraine

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Monday demanding international access to the site of the plane downed over eastern ...  Visit website

Arab rifts may complicate search for Gaza truce

DOHA/CAIRO (Reuters) - The push for a Gaza ceasefire risks becoming mired in a regional tussle for influence between conservative Arab states and Islamist-friendly governments, ...  Visit website

Russia challenges accusations that Ukraine rebels shot down airliner

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Defence Ministry on Monday challenged accusations pro-Russian rebels were to blame for shooting down a Malaysian airliner and asked the United ...  Visit website

Ten killed in air strike north of Baghdad

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Ten people were killed, including a mother and three children, in a government air strike on a militant-controlled town north of Baghdad ...  Visit website

Israeli mood turns dark with mounting casualties

JERUSALEM (AP) — For almost two weeks, Israel practically bristled with confidence and pride: The Iron Dome air defense system was dependably zapping incoming Hamas ...  Visit website

UN calls for probe of plane downed over Ukraine

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Monday demanding international access to the site of the plane downed over eastern ...  Visit website

UPDATE 2-Russia challenges accusations that Ukraine rebels shot down airliner

* Moscow denies supplying rebels with weapons (Adds quotes) ...  Visit website

Truce elusive as Hamas, Israel stick to positions

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The top Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip signaled Monday that the Islamic militant group will not agree to ...  Visit website

Obama: focus in Gaza conflict must be on ceasefire

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday the world must focus on a ceasefire in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict to put an end ...  Visit website

Emaciated children in South Sudan point to looming famine

LEER South Sudan (Reuters) - A surge in the number of emaciated children arriving at a feeding center in Leer, a muddy rebel-held town in ...  Visit website

European sanctions on Russia seen limited for now, despite tough talk

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - For all the tough talk, Europe is not likely to punish Russia over last week's downing of an airliner over Ukraine beyond ...  Visit website

Turkey's Kurdish candidate says peace does not hinge on Erdogan

BERLIN/ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's peace process with Kurdish militants will go on whether or not Tayyip Erdogan wins the presidency in August, his pro-Kurdish rival ...  Visit website

Train with plane crash bodies leaves rebel town

HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — A refrigerated train carrying Malaysia Airlines victims' bodies pulled away Monday from a rebel-held town in eastern Ukraine, one small step ...  Visit website

Central African leader appeals for ceasefire as talks open in Congo

BRAZZAVILLE (Reuters) - Central African Republic's interim president appealed on Monday to Muslim Seleka rebels and 'anti-balaka' Christian militia to agree a ceasefire at the ...  Visit website

Police arrest eight after attacks in Kenyan port city

MOMBASA Kenya (Reuters) - Kenyan police arrested eight suspects on Monday in connection with an attack in the port city of Mombasa at the weekend ...  Visit website

Ohio infant attacked and killed by dog

CLEVELAND (Reuters) - An autopsy was under way on an Ohio infant who died this weekend after being attacked by a relative’s dog, a coroner’s ...  Visit website

Kosovo expects findings of organ stealing investigation next week

PRISTINA (Reuters) - An EU-appointed task force will release its findings next week after an investigation into allegations that Kosovo Albanian guerrillas took body organs ...  Visit website

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