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world Yosemite blaze relentless but firefighters keep it from sequoias

Containment lines have kept wildfire from threatening some treasured trees that are among the largest and oldest living things on earth

6 minutes ago // ABC

world French Experts in Burkina Faso to ID Victims

French experts in Burkina Faso to collect DNA from family to ID victims from Air Algerie crash

7 minutes ago // CBS

world Congress hurries to pass VA reform, highway bills before recess

Even with a short-term fix to the Highway Trust Fund and a compromise bill on the Department of Veterans' Affairs, lawmakers are poised to leave town without addressing the immigration crisis

8 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Hacker warned over visiting ill father in Glasgow over possible extradition risk

Gary McKinnon, who hacked Nasa and US defence department systems, may face US extradition action if he visits Scotland Continue reading...

8 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Chinese tennis star Li Na will miss U.S. Open; right knee still sore

Aknee injury that has botheredNo. 2-ranked Li Na since springhas now forced her to withdraw from the U.S. Open.

10 minutes ago // BBC

world VIDEO: Tory MP: World won't tolerate deaths

The Israeli bombardment of Gaza "is wrong" and has "no justification in terms of results", a Tory MP has said.

12 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Poland takes the bite out of Russian apple ban

Prominent Poles post tongue-in-cheek photos on social media to endorse campaign against Russian ban on fruit imports Continue reading...

13 minutes ago // BBC

world Met Opera in late union talks

The Metropolitan Opera in New York says it hopes last minute negotiations with unions over a pay dispute will avoid a staff lockout.

13 minutes ago // BBC

world Senegal corruption trial 'political'

The flamboyant son of Senegal's ex-President Abdoulaye Wade calls himself a "political prisoner" during a first appearance at his corruption trial.

14 minutes ago // Sky News

world US Ebola Doctor Gives Serum To Fellow Patient

A US doctor infected with ebola in Liberia is praised for heroism, as the WHO launches a $100m action plan to tackle the outbreak.

15 minutes ago // BBC

world Gaza school attack unacceptable - US

The shelling of a UN shelter in Gaza by the Israeli military is "totally unacceptable and totally indefensible", the White House says.

17 minutes ago // The Independent

world Air Algerie AH5017 crash: Jet fell 30,000 feet in three minutes due to violent storm, claim investigators

The Air Algrie aircraft that crashed in the Sahara last week, killing 118 people, plunged 30,000 feet into the desert in three minutes after running into a violent storm, investigators believe.

17 minutes ago // CNN

world U.S. to Israel: 'Limit civilian casualties' in Gaza

An airstrike hits an open air market. An explosion rocks a school-turned-shelter. A booby-trapped tunnel explodes.

21 minutes ago // CNN

world UN calls for accountability in Gaza conflict

As civilian casualties mount in Gaza in the ongoing the Israel-Hamas conflict, the United Nations' top human rights official warned of possible war crimes having been committed.

21 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Russia ordered to pay 1.5bn to former Yukos shareholders

European court of human rights produces record ruling over Vladimir Putin's appropriation of oil company's assets Continue reading...

21 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world U.S. Pressures India on Trade Deal

U.S. officials pressed India to back away from demands on farm subsidies that risked scuttling a global trade agreement.

21 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world TV ratings: 'America's Got Talent' ties 'Big Brother' in key demo

NBC's "America's Got Talent" and CBS' "Big Brother" tied for first among the key 18- to 49-year-old demographic on Wednesday, elevating both networks to No. 1 in the same category.

21 minutes ago // Reuters

world Russia's top general says Moscow committed to nuclear treaty

MOSCOW Reuters - Russia's top general, Valery Gerasimov, told the U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff that Moscow was committed to adhering to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Treaty after Washington accused Russia of violating the agreement.

21 minutes ago // BBC

world Filipinos urged to leave Libya

A top diplomat from the Philippines is to oversee the evacuation of 13,000 citizens from Libya after a Filipino worker was beheaded and a nurse raped.

25 minutes ago // Newsvine

world GAZA / ISRAEL: Tunnels and rockets, but no top brass: Why Hamas' leadership is still alive

Despite the complex and massive intelligence efforts by the Shin Bet to find Hamas leaders, they still remain safe from Israel's fire. Some are hiding in bunkers, while other find shelter among Gaza's civilian population in mosques and hospitals. Even the top and middl …

26 minutes ago // BBC

world Casualties in Gaza too high - US

The US says civilian casualties in Gaza are "too high", and called on Israel to do more to protect civilian life.

27 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world USC football: Trojans ranked 15th in coaches preseason poll

USC is ranked No. 15 in the coaches preseason college football poll administered by USA Today.

28 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world Thai Junta Names New Legislature

Thailand's ruling junta named 200 members to a new legislature dominated by the military and police, taking a small step toward recreating civilian-style governing institutions.

31 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world Militias Declare Control of Benghazi

Islamic hard-line militias claimed to have taken control of Benghazi, Libya's second largest city.

31 minutes ago // The Independent

world Plan to reintroduce genetically pure bison could put the wild back into America's Wild West

New herds of genetically pure wild bison may once again roam vast expanses of the American West where the iconic animal has been absent since the end of the 19th century under a tentative federal plan.

32 minutes ago // Al Jazeera

world Hezbollah man dies on 'jihad duty' in Iraq

Commander from Lebanon's Bekaa Valley killed in battle near Mosul, which Islamic State group captured in June.

34 minutes ago // BBC

world WHO sounds alarm over W Africa Ebola

The World Health Organization and presidents of West African nations affected by the Ebola outbreak are to announce a joint $100m response plan.

34 minutes ago // The Independent

world Giraffe killed after hitting head on bridge while being transported in South Africa

A giraffe suffered severe head trauma and died in South Africa on Thursday, after its owner drove the towering creature underneath a bridge on a highway.

35 minutes ago // ABC

world Paris Riot Police Deployed for Pro-Israel Rally

Hundreds of Paris riot police deployed for pro-Israel protest near Israeli Embassy

36 minutes ago // Fox News

world Hundreds of Paris riot police deployed for pro-Israel protest near Israeli Embassy

Hundreds of riot police in Paris have been deployed near the Israeli Embassy for the first major pro-Israel rally since the start of the latest Gaza war.

38 minutes ago // The Independent

world A tale of two presidents: George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen fathers life story

The political chattering classes in Washington fancied themselves part-time psychoanalysts as they pondered the news that George W Bush, the former president, has briefly relinquished the paintbrush in favour of the pen at his home in Dallas to author a memoir of his father, George H W Bush, also a former president.

38 minutes ago // Sky News

world US Ebola Doctor Gives Serum To Fellow Patient

A US doctor infected with ebola has insisted the only dose of an experimental serum go to a fellow American patient in Liberia.

39 minutes ago // The Washington Post

world WorldViews: Latin Americas support for Palestinians and the echoes of the Cold War

On Wednesday, Bolivia's outspoken President Evo Morales denouncedIsrael's offensive in the Gaza Strip, which has led to the deaths of hundreds of Palestinian civilians, and labeled the country a "terrorist state." Bolivia also changed the rules for Israeli citizens visiting the Andean nation, making a visa nowmandatory prior to travel.

40 minutes ago // NPR

world 'Africa Is Champion': Reporting From A Changing Continent

Tell Me More has been dedicated to covering stories from Africa. Host Michel Martin speaks to NPR's Africa correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton about reporting on the changing continent.

40 minutes ago // UPI

world Argentina defaults on bonds, blames U.S. mediator

Ed AdamczykNEW YORK , July 31 UPI -- Argentina defaulted on its bond debt Thursday after last-minute negotiations in New York with bondholders failed.

41 minutes ago // The Telegraph

world Vienna named as global spying hub in new book

Vienna is the world leader in espionage with at least 7,000 spies plying their trade in the Austrian capital