World News | WRHL http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=505 World News 2014-07-31T02:36:42Z World News Netanyahu vows to complete Gaza tunnels destruction By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Jeffrey Heller GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing international alarm over a rising civilian death toll in Gaza, said on Thursday he would not accept any ceasefire that stopped Israel completing the destruction of militants' infiltration tunnels. The Israeli military estimated on Wednesday that accomplishing that task, already into its fourth week, would take several more days. "I wont agree to any proposal that will not enable the Israeli military to finish this important task, for the sake of Israel's security." Leaving open the option of widening a ground campaign in the Hamas Islamist-dominated Gaza Strip, the Israeli military said it had called up an additional 16,000 reservists. Gaza health officials said 19 Palestinians were killed in Israeli assaults on Thursday, which included an air strike on a van in the heart of Gaza City, which killed two people. Ukraine premier stays on, envoys agree on crash site route By Pavel Polityuk and Natalia Zinets KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's parliament rejected Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk's resignation on Thursday and finally passed legislation he said was needed to finance an army offensive against a separatist rebellion in the east and avert a national default on its debts. The assembly's about-turn on laws it refused to back a week earlier offers relief to Kiev's Western backers, who had feared Ukraine was sliding deeper into political chaos and might renege on an international bailout as it heads into an election period. The first is that Argentina has defaulted, and the second is that Ukraine has not defaulted and never will," Yatseniuk told the chamber, making clear he would stay in office. The political battle has been taking place against the backdrop of a military campaign to win back parts of the Donbass region, which borders Russia, from the pro-Moscow rebels. Kurdish oil cargo unloaded at sea, destination a mystery By Keith Wallis SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Part of a Kurdish oil cargo has been offloaded from a Greek-managed tanker into another tanker in the South China Sea, but mystery surrounds the identity of the buyer and where the two tankers are headed. The United Emblem, which is carrying more than 1 million barrels of oil, is one of three tankers loaded with oil from the autonomous Kurdish region, which is trying to sell oil independently. Iraqi Kurdistan is locked in a bitter legal and diplomatic struggle with Baghdad over international oil sales. The Kurdistan Regional Government filed a letter with the Texas court arguing its sales are allowed under the Iraqi constitution. Heavy shelling, clashes spread in Libya's Tripoli By Patrick Markey TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Clashes with artillery and rockets spread on Thursday into two Tripoli districts, where rival militia brigades were battling over the airport in Libya's worst fighting since the 2011 revolt that ousted Muammar Gaddafi. Nearly 200 people have been killed since the violence erupted two weeks ago in Tripoli and also in the eastern city of Benghazi, where a coalition of Islamist militants and former rebels has overrun a major army base in the city. Three years after the fall of Gaddafi, Libya's fragile government and nascent army have failed to impose authority on heavily armed brigades of former rebels who have become the North African country's powerbrokers. EU adopts toughest Russian sanctions yet, targets five Russian banks By Barbara Lewis and Martin Santa BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union has published a law that will curb arms sales to Russia and to cut off financing for five major Russian banks over Moscow's support for rebels in Ukraine. Russia has denounced the measures, agreed by the 28 EU member states on Tuesday, as "destructive and short-sighted", while fighting has intensified in eastern Ukraine between Kiev forces and the pro-Russian separatists. EU officials say the sanctions aim to inflict maximum pain on Russia and minimum pain on the EU. "We will for sure have an effect and a very substantial and concrete effect on Russia," one EU official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Town vs. town, faction vs. faction as Libya descends into 'hurricane' By Patrick Markey and Aziz El Yaakoubi TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Booms of outgoing artillery shaking the ground, militia fighters from the remote Libyan mountain town of Zintan hunker down in the passenger terminal to defend Tripoli airport, the biggest prize in the capital. Across the city a few kilometers away, a commander of a brigade from the port city of Misrata rallies his men to take the airport back. Three years ago, Zintani and Misratan rebel brigades descended simultaneously on Tripoli from east and west to storm the palaces of Muammar Gaddafi. "They want to take the airport, and when you take the airport you take Tripoli." Across the city at his Tripoli base lined with tanks and trucks mounted with cannons, Hassan Shakka, a commander of Misrata's Central Shield brigade, said his forces were "completing the revolution". Libya Islamic militias declare control of Benghazi BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Islamic hard-line militias, including the group accused by the United States in a 2012 attack that killed the ambassador and three other Americans, claimed control of Libya's second largest city, Benghazi, after overrunning army barracks and seizing heavy weapons. South Africa's life expectancy jumps to 61.2 years Life expectancy in AIDS-hit South Africa has shot up sharply over the past decade, thanks to life prolonging anti-retroviral (ARVs) treatment, latest estimates from the country's statistics agency showed Thursday. South Africans are on average living up to 61.2 years compared to 52.2 years some 10 years ago. "For 2014 life expectancy at birth is estimated at 59.1 years for males and 63.1 years for females," said Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) in an annual demographics report. Under the former presidency of Thabo Mbeki, South Africa refused to roll out state sponsored AIDS drugs. France mulls ban on radical Jewish group France is considering disbanding a radical Jewish group whose members clashed with pro-Palestinian activists during rallies over Israel's offensive in Gaza, a source close to the case told AFP on Thursday. News of the mooted ban on the Jewish Defence League (LDJ) came just ahead of an evening pro-Israel demonstration outside the Jewish state's embassy, located near the French prime minister's office. Police said around 4,500 people joined the rally called by the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France (CRIF). They were held in response to weeks of pro-Palestinian protests that have been marred by clashes, arrests and allegations of anti-Semitism in which synagogues were targeted and Israeli flags burnt. Top Asian News at 7:00 p.m. GMT BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's junta on Thursday appointed a military-dominated interim legislature in another step in the slow return of promised electoral democracy. King Bhumibol Adulyadej's official endorsement of the appointment was announced on all television stations. US launches charm offensive against wary India NEW DELHI (AP) — Given a rare opportunity to lunch with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Gaurav Dalmia was less interested Thursday in discussing the planned topics at hand, including climate change or even the trade dispute between India and the U.S. Instead, the Indian businessman was focused on Kerry himself — and whether he would be able to smooth over brittle relations between Washington and New Delhi for the sake of economic growth. Paris riot police deployed for pro-Israel rally PARIS (AP) — Hundreds of riot police in Paris deployed near the Israeli Embassy Thursday for the first major pro-Israel rally since the start of the latest Gaza war. Ginobili will not play for Argentina at World Cup Manu Ginobili will not play for Argentina at the FIBA World Cup because of a stress fracture in his right leg that has bothered the San Antonio Spurs guard since the playoffs. Gonzalez, Goffin reach semifinals in Kitzbuehel KITZBUEHEL, Austria (AP) — Maximo Gonzalez of Argentina and David Goffin of Belgium reached the Kitzbuehel Cup semifinals on a rain-soaked Thursday, while top-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany lost. Mugabe worried at divisions threatening his ruling party Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe on Thursday complained that factionalism that forced him into a compromise government with his rivals five years ago was now threatening to tear his party apart. Addressing party and government officials at an event to celebrate his ZANU-PF party's election victory last year, Mugabe described the power-sharing government with long-time rival Morgan Tsvangirai as "humiliating". "We had been shackled together with the likes of Tsvangirai and (opposition faction leader) Welshman Ncube," Mugabe said. Plea agreements signed in US-Jamaica lottery scam FARGO, North Dakota (AP) — Plea agreements have been reached in a federal investigation into a Jamaican lottery scam that targeted mostly elderly victims in the United States. Investigators reach Ukraine jet wreckage site ROZSYPNE, Ukraine (AP) — Two weeks after a missile brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, an international team of investigators Thursday reached a wreckage site in eastern Ukraine that remains bitterly contested between government forces and pro-Russia separatist rebels. India, U.S. stress strategic ties but tensions remain By David Brunnstrom and Rajesh Kumar Singh NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The United States and India stressed their desire to boost business and defense ties on Thursday, but trade and spying rows were a reminder of the obstacles to President Barack Obama's vision of a "defining" partnership. After a day of meetings in New Delhi seen as a preparation for a September visit to Washington by new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the Indian leader's election had created a "singular opportunity." "The moment has never been more ripe to deliver on the incredible possibilities in the relationship between our two nations," he told a news conference after the annual Strategic Dialogue meeting between the two countries. Iliad of France makes surprise bid for T-Mobile US NEW YORK (AP) — T-Mobile US Inc., the most eligible company in the U.S. wireless industry, has another suitor on its hands. Upstart French telecom company Iliad SA on Thursday said it has offered $15 billion for a majority stake. US stocks fall sharply as earnings disappoint NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks fell sharply on Thursday as investors reacted to disappointing corporate earnings and outlooks from major U.S. companies including Exxon Mobil and Whole Foods Markets. The slide put major indexes into the red for July, leaving the market on track for its first monthly loss since January. Argentina's stock market plunged after the South American nation defaulted on its debt for the second time in 13 years. NY judge: US warrant can reach email in Ireland NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. law enforcement can force Microsoft Corp. to turn over emails it stores in Ireland, a judge ruled Thursday in a case that technology companies have rallied around as they pursue billions of dollars in data storage business abroad. Top UN aid official urges daily 'pauses' in Gaza UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief called Thursday for daily "humanitarian pauses" until a long-term cease-fire is reached between Israel and Hamas in order to deliver relief to hundreds of thousands in need in Gaza, rescue the injured, and give civilians a reprieve from the war. NY Fed: Puerto Rico should seek economic reforms SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — New York's Federal Reserve Bank warned on Thursday that Puerto Rico needs to improve its financial health soon or face what it called a "painful adjustment." Top Asian News at 6:30 p.m. GMT BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's junta on Thursday appointed a military-dominated interim legislature in another step in the slow return of promised electoral democracy. King Bhumibol Adulyadej's official endorsement of the appointment was announced on all television stations. French forces arrest Mali jihadist ex-leader BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Authorities in northern Mali say a former jihadist leader in the town of Gao has been arrested by French military forces. England not over-excited by 1st test win in year SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) — With an emphatic end to its worst run of test cricket results in 28 years, England wasn't quite ready to herald a turning point in the new era or say a home series victory against India was within reach. US man sues soccer star Ronaldo over trademark PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (AP) — A U.S. man has sued Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo over the catchphrase "CR7." Palestinians 'facing a precipice,' UN Council told Palestinians are "facing a precipice" in Gaza, the top UN refugee official there told the Security Council on Thursday in a strongly-worded appeal for action. With more than 220,000 Palestinians already sheltering in UN facilities -- four times the number from the last Gaza conflict in 2008-2009 -- Philippe Krahenbuhl said he had reached breaking point. "We have exceeded the tolerable limit that we can accommodate," Krahenbuhl said, adding that he was "alarmed" by the latest Israeli instructions to civilians to evacuate two areas in Gaza targeted for more attacks. Krahenbuhl spoke to the council by audiolink from Gaza after Israel vowed to press on with its military campaign to destroy a network of tunnels used by Hamas militants for attacks. Ebola fears send Liberia hand sanitiser prices soaring London (AFP) - The struggle to contain the worst-ever Ebola epidemic in west Africa is being complicated by the soaring cost of hand sanitiser, a leading charity said on Thursday. Norway calls off terror alert, says threat gone COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norway's intelligence service says the Scandinavian country no longer faces an imminent terror threat from people with links to Islamic fighters in Syria. Stocks fall in Argentina as country enters default BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Stocks fell sharply in Argentina on Thursday as the country defaulted on its bills for the second time in 13 years, raising fears the move could diminish foreign reserves, stoke inflation and drive the economy deeper into recession. Comm Games athlete fined for assault on rival GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — An Australian medal-winning weightlifter was convicted Thursday of head-butting another Commonwealth Games competitor in the athletes' village and Australia's athletics coach was sent home for criticizing his top star — just as the country's 20-year domination of the competition appeared to be coming to an end. Little doubt Israeli fire in Gaza school strike: White House The United States said Thursday there was little doubt Israeli artillery was the source of a "totally indefensible" strike that killed 16 people at a UN school in Gaza. White House spokesman Josh Earnest noted that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had said all available evidence pointed to Israeli artillery and that the Israeli government had acknowledged its forces were firing in the area in response to Hamas fire near the school. "That is why we have continued to urge Israeli military officials to live up to their high standards that they have set for the protection of innocent civilians. Despite the mounting concern over the high civilian casualties, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to press ahead with an offensive to destroy a network of tunnels that Hamas militants use to attack Israel. White House: UN school shelling 'indefensible' WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says there is little doubt Israeli artillery hit a United Nations school in Gaza and is describing the shelling as "totally unacceptable and totally indefensible." Palestinians mull war crime charges against Israel GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is seeking written pledges of support from all political factions, including rival Hamas, before making any attempt to press for possible war crimes charges against Israel, senior officials said Thursday. Sudanese Christian woman leaves Italy for the US A Sudanese Christian woman who was sentenced to death for renouncing Islam then acquitted after international pressure on Khartoum, on Thursday left Italy for the United States with her family. Meriam Ibrahim Tehya Ishag, who met Pope Francis during her eight-day stopover in Italy, took an American Airlines flight for Philadelphia. The 26-year-old, her two infant children and American husband Daniel Wani are expected to travel on Friday to New Hampshire, where Wani's brother lives. During the family's stay in Rome they were put up by the interior ministry, under police protection, Antonella Napoli, head of the Italians for Darfour association, told Huffington Post Italy. W. Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Security forces went house-to-house looking for Ebola patients and others exposed to the disease Thursday in Sierra Leone's capital as the death toll from the worst recorded outbreak in history surpassed 700 in West Africa. Ebola-hit west Africa launches $100mn battle plan West Africa's Ebola-hit nations imposed stringent new rules on Thursday to tackle the world's worst-ever outbreak of the tropical virus and agreed to launch a $100 million response plan at an emergency regional summit. The leaders of Sierra Leone and Liberia have cancelled trips next week for a US-Africa summit in Washington and instead will meet in Guinea on Friday "to take the response to a new level", the World Health Organization (WHO) said. "The Ebola virus disease poses an extraordinary challenge to our nation," Sierra Leone's leader Ernest Bai Koroma said in a televised address to the nation. Koroma confirmed he had cancelled a trip to the summit of around 50 African leaders in Washington next week. Top Asian News at 6:00 p.m. GMT BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's junta on Thursday appointed a military-dominated interim legislature in another step in the slow return of promised electoral democracy. King Bhumibol Adulyadej's official endorsement of the appointment was announced on all television stations. Israel soon responsible for displaced Palestinians in Gaza: U.N. By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - As Israel warns more Gaza neighborhoods to evacuate, a top U.N. envoy told the United Nations Security Council on Thursday that Israel would be required under international law to take responsibility for helping Palestinians civilians in any further large-scale displacements. The United Nations is struggling to cope with a flood of some 220,000 Palestinian civilians into shelters. They have come under fire during three weeks of fighting between Israel and Hamas militants who dominate Gaza. Speaking from Gaza City, Pierre Krähenbühl, head of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), said the impoverished enclave of 1.8 million Palestinians was facing a precipice. WRHL 2014-07-31T19:36:42Z http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=505