A Palestinian protester holds a Palestinian flag as he runs past burning tyres during clashes with Israeli troops, at a protest against Israeli offensive in Gaza, at Qalandia checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah July 24, 2014.  REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

Crunch time for Gaza truce

GAZA/JERUSALEM - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pressed on for a Gaza ceasefire as the civilian death toll soared, threatening to spread Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed to the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.  Full Article 

Euro hit, shares subdued after downbeat Ifo 4:53am EDT

LONDON - World shares dipped on Friday having clawed their way back towards all-time highs after a week of largely reassuring economic signals but rising political tensions. | Video

Then China's Public Security Minister Zhou Yongkang reacts as he attends the Hebei delegation discussion sessions at the 17th National Congress of the Communist Party of China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in this October 16, 2007 file photo. CREDIT: REUTERS/JASON LEE/FILES

Inside Xi's purge of China's oil mandarins

BEIJING/HONG KONG - In a seismic power struggle roiling China's Communist Party, President Xi Jinping is trying to crush Zhou Yongkang, the most senior leader targeted in a corruption probe since the party took power in 1949.   Full Article 

The sister-in-law of Lebanese passenger Randa Daher reacts as she holds her mobile phone displaying a picture of Randa and one of her children at her home in the southern Lebanese village of Srifa July 24, 2014. CREDIT: REUTERS/ALI HASHISHO

Bad weather likely cause of Air Algerie crash

PARIS - Poor weather was the most likely cause of the crash of an Air Algerie flight over the West African state of Mali with 116 people on board, French officials said.  Full Article 

A security personnel stands guard in front of an OSI's food processing plants in Langfang, Hebei province, July 23, 2014.  REUTERS/Paul Carsten

China meat supplier faced date forgery claims

SHANGHAI - Shanghai Husi Food, the U.S.-owned Chinese food supplier at the center of a meat safety scandal, won a court case earlier this year against claims that the company had forged meat production dates.  Full Article 

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is silhouetted during a presentation of his company's new Fire smartphone at a news conference in Seattle, Washington June 18, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Redmond

Amazon's heavy investing eats into bottom line

SAN FRANCISCO - Amazon.com posted a much larger-than-expected loss in the second quarter as it continues its rapid pace of investment in new businesses such as digital content and consumer electronics.  Full Article 

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MH17 flight code ends

The final MH17 flight lands in Kuala Lumpur before the code is dropped as a mark of respect for victims of the plane downed over Ukraine. Paul Chapman reports

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