A Palestinian woman reacts upon seeing her destroyed house in Beit Hanoun town, which witnesses said was heavily hit by Israeli shelling and air strikes during an Israeli offensive, in the northern Gaza Strip August 1, 2014.  REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Gaza ceasefire crumbles

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israeli shelling near the southern Gaza town of Rafah killed at least 25 people, as a ceasefire that went into effect only hours earlier appeared to be crumbling.  Full Article 

Asia stocks sideswiped by Wall Street, but China motors on 2:28am EDT

SYDNEY - Asian shares were mostly under water on Friday after a sudden slump on Wall Street spilled over globally, though a surprisingly strong pick up in manufacturing helped Chinese markets hold at seven-month highs.

Technicians work on their computers next to a ARJ21-700 aircraft model at the Commercial Aircraft Corp of China Ltd (Comac) factory in Shanghai May 21, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

China PMIs indicate economy is steadying

BEIJING - China's factories posted their strongest growth in at least 1-1/2 years in July as new orders surged to multi-month highs, two surveys showed, cementing bets that the economy is re-gaining momentum after a spate of stimulus measures.  Full Article 

A Ukrainian tank moves along a road near Eastern Ukrainian village of Novoselivka Persha July 31, 2014.  REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Ukraine agrees to finance anti-rebel offensive

KIEV - Ukraine's parliament rejected Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk's resignation 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.  Full Article 

A salesman waits on the lot at the Burt GM auto dealer in Denver June 1, 2009.  RTEUTERS/Rick Wilking

Why we are seeing a spike in auto sales

DETROIT - The U.S. auto industry hasn’t appeared so healthy for years. Sales hit an eight-year high in June, there appears to be plenty of pent-up demand, and discounting is far from getting out of hand. But a minority on Wall Street are worried.   Full Article 

The dashboard of a Tesla Model S is shown at a Tesla Motors dealership at Corte Madera Village, an outdoor retail mall, in Corte Madera, California May 8, 2014. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Tesla posts $61.9 million loss

DETROIT - Tesla Motors Inc, the California-based maker of luxury electric cars, said it lost $61.9 million, or 50 cents a share, in the second quarter, as revenue nearly doubled to $769.3 million.  Full Article 

Medical staff working with Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) put on their protective gear before entering an isolation area at the MSF Ebola treatment centre in Kailahun July 20, 2014. REUTERS/Tommy Trenchard

Ebola death toll in Sierra Leona rises to 729

FREETOWN - Sierra Leone has declared a state of emergency and called in troops to quarantine Ebola victims, joining neighbouring Liberia in imposing controls as the death toll from the outbreak of the virus hit 729 in West Africa.  Full Article | Video 

Israel, Palestinian militant groups agree to 3-day Gaza truce

Aug.01- Israelis and Palestinians will wake up Friday morning to the start of a new 72-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. Nathan Frandino reports.