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  • West seeks to inflict more economic pain on Russia

    By JULIE PACE and JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG - Associated Press

    Citing Russia's stalled growth rate and a flow of foreign capital out of Moscow, U.S. and European officials hope a new round of sanctions targeting energy and defense entities, as well as major banks, will deepen Russia's economic pain even further and force President Vladimir Putin to end provocations in Ukraine. Published July 30, 2014

  • A look at the EU's new sanctions against Russia

    By JUERGEN BAETZ - Associated Press

    The European Union's sanctions against Russia are bound to inflict pain on the country's ailing economy. While still narrowly targeted, they come as a warning shot to convince Moscow to change its Ukraine policies or face even tougher penalties. Published July 30, 2014

  • U.S. doubting war on terror outcome: 27% of likely voters say U.S. is winning conflict

    By Douglas Ernst - The Washington Times

    A Rasmussen Reports poll released Wednesday shows that only 27 percent of likely voters believe the United States and its allies are winning the war on terror. Published July 30, 2014

  • Powell maybe not told early about CIA techniques

    By KEN DILANIAN and EILEEN SULLIVAN - Associated Press

    A Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks concludes that the agency initially kept the secretary of state and some U.S. ambassadors in the dark about harsh techniques and secret prisons, according to a document circulating among White House staff. Published July 30, 2014

  • Obama takes tougher line against Gaza casualties

    By JULIE PACE - Associated Press

    The Obama administration condemned the deadly shelling of a United Nations school in Gaza Wednesday, using tough, yet carefully worded language that reflects growing White House irritation with Israel and the mounting civilian casualties stemming from its ground and air war against Hamas. Published July 30, 2014

  • Israel says Hamas trained operative for paraglider attack on civilians

    By Douglas Ernst - The Washington Times

    The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) recently captured a Hamas operative who said he was trained to carry out paraglider attacks on civilian targets. Published July 30, 2014

  • Africa summit to proceed despite Ebola outbreak

    By Associated Press

    The White House says there are no plans to change or cancel an upcoming summit of African leaders in the U.S. despite an Ebola outbreak in Liberia. Published July 30, 2014

  • Peace Corps evacuates over Ebola fears; 2 volunteers isolated

    By Jonathan Paye-Layleh - Associated Press

    The largest recorded Ebola outbreak in history has led the U.S. Peace Corps to evacuate hundreds of volunteers from three affected West African countries, and a State Department official on Wednesday said two volunteers were under isolation after having contact with a person who later died of the virus. Published July 30, 2014

  • U.S. condemns shelling of U.N. school in Gaza

    By Dave Boyer - The Washington Times

    The U.S. and the United Nations condemned the shelling of a U.N. school in Gaza that killed 16 people Wednesday, as the Israeli military continued to pound targets in the war with Hamas and new polls gave President Obama poor marks for his handling of the crisis. Published July 30, 2014

  • Israel accused of striking U.N. school, killing at least 15

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    Israel's military was accused Wednesday of striking a school run by the United Nations located in the Gaza Strip, leading to the death of at least 15 Palestinians. Published July 30, 2014

  • Islamist militants seize special forces base in Benghazi, Libya

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    Islamist militants seized the largest special forces base in Benghazi, on the heels of an overnight battle that killed 30 people. Published July 30, 2014

  • Venezuelan officials suspected of human rights abuses barred from U.S.

    By Hannah Dreier and Bradley Klapper - Associated Press

    Amid escalating tensions with socialist Venezuela, the U.S. State Department on Wednesday announced sanctions against officials it said committed human rights abuses during a crackdown on anti-government protests. Published July 30, 2014

  • Belgium pushes for clear labeling of goods from Israeli settlements

    By Jessica Chasmar - The Washington Times

    Belgium has advised retailers to clearly label the origin of products made in Israeli settlements that are in occupied Palestinian territories, the economics ministry said Tuesday. Published July 30, 2014

  • Thousands flee to Tunisia to escape Libya fighting

    By BOUAZZA BEN BOUAZZA and MAGGIE MICHAEL - Associated Press

    Up to 6,000 people a day have fled Libya into neighboring Tunisia this week, the Tunisian foreign minister said Wednesday, the biggest influx since Libya's 2011 civil war in a sign of the spiraling turmoil as rival militias battle over control of the airport in the capital Tripoli. Published July 30, 2014

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